Assignment for Literature and Cultural Analysis Seminar


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Assignment for Literature and Cultural Analysis Seminar

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I'm sharing an assignment sheet for my "Literature and Cultural Analysis" class at Vanderbilt University for the Fall 2021 semester. The class, themed "The Archive," is designed to encourage critical thinking around the concept of the archive and its material practices and embodiments. While we think of the ways in which archives enable research and help to cultivate new knowledge and stories, we also consider how archives encode structures of power and act as sites of forgetting as much as remembering.

I've asked my class of twelve students to contribute to the COVID-19 digital archive as their first writing assignment for the semester. This assignment is designed to introduce them to an existing and regularly updated archive and ask them to think critically about processes of archiving and the decisions that go into selecting, categorizing, and framing the importance of a cultural artifact. My students have been asked to choose 2-3 items from their experience of the pandemic year to share in this public forum. Their contributions will be tagged to sync up with this assignment sheet.

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The Dashathon Linked Data Interactive Resource
A High School Class "Lost in Space" Linked Data Text
The City That Slept Linked Data Interactive Resource
The Diary of a Broken High School Senior Linked Data Interactive Resource
Lockdown in the Frozen Tundra Linked Data Interactive Resource
Remembering NYC 2020 Linked Data Interactive Resource
The Class of Covid(2020-21) [MISSING MEDIA] Linked Data Interactive Resource
Vaccines Rollin’ Out. Covid’s Over? Linked Data Interactive Resource
Lasting pandemic effects of overexercising Linked Data Image
COVID-Safe Birthday Parties Linked Data Image
A thank you, and a few questions Linked Data Interactive Resource
Instagram Community Linked Data Image
False Rumors Linked Data Interactive Resource
Amateur Art During the Pandemic Linked Data Interactive Resource
A Succulent Story Linked Data Interactive Resource
Hats Off: Finding Closure Amid Uncertainty Linked Data Moving Image
Pandemic Protests Linked Data Interactive Resource

This item was submitted on September 14, 2021 by Jennifer Gutman using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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