Assignment #4 – Space and Place, People and Objects
Curatorial Plan due April 8; Draft due April 18; Final Blog Post due May 6
The goal of this assignment is for everyone to now work with their respective bookstore group to reflect collectively on all the information gathered in the first three assignments. Each group should interpret how that information describes the cultural function(s) of the bookstore the group has researched and that bookstore’s configuration of “literature.” This will require that each group assess all the data and descriptive material that the group members included in their previous posts and determine what seems most important to include in this final post.
The group will also need to decide how to divide up research, narrative, and analytical responsibilities. Groups may elect to have each member take charge of a particular post topic—Place and People: Present, Place and People: Past, Space and Objects, Final Post: “Cultural Function(s),” Final Post: “Literature.” Or groups may decide to divide up responsibilities by grading rubric—Content, Narrative, Use of Maps, Graphics, & Multimedia, and Research/Citations. You’re free to divide up responsibilities in any manner that works best for your group. But whatever your strategy all members must have an opportunity to contribute equally and to review, edit, and approve the final post. Finally, each group must also incorporate into their interpretation at least four or five ideas or terms from the course readings, or from any additional research conducted by the group.
For this assignment you will compose a long blog post that forwards both an argument and interpretation about the bookstore that you’re researching, and that incorporates information and material from the previous assignments: a Google map of the neighborhood (with pins dropped on significant sites); visual materials that illustrate the geographical location of the bookstore, the history and demographics of that neighborhood, and images of the bookstore (or the building that the bookstore formerly occupied); a timeline; visual materials that illustrate the bookstore’s space and its presentation; a hand-drawn floor plan of that space; and links to any websites or sources cited in your post. While all of this information will be accessible in your curated archive, each group is also free to conduct additional research outside the archive to investigate specific historical events, theoretical perspectives, or literary issues. As usual, what items and information you deem most important to your narrative and how much material you incorporate into the final blog post will be up to you.
As in the previous assignments, your blog post can reflect a personal tone, although it should not become intrusive or distracting. But this time it’s important that the post include a clear argument that leads to a specific interpretation of the bookstore’s cultural function(s) and configuration of “literature.” You’ll see that I use the second paragraph of my example to spring an argument and, though I reuse material from previous posts in the first third of the example, the majority of my final post is devoted to interpretation and reflection. I also cite texts from outside the course readings because they speak directly to the Jewish literary and cultural issues important to my interpretation.
Blog Post Title: Devise an appropriate title for your post that clearly conveys your narrative’s focus. Avoid simply rehashing the assignment name; what title will best reflect what your post is about?
Provide at least six tags for your post, i.e. “City Lights,” “bookstores,” “Lawrence Ferlinghetti,” “San Francisco,” etc. Tags are index words that inform readers about the people and topics included in your post, so they’re valuable aids in leading readers to your blog. It’s ok if you repeat a number of tags in all your posts. In fact, that’s essential for establishing and advertising the subject matter of your blog. Tags should be no more than two words and they should have a direct and meaningful relationship to the content in your post.
For a good discussion of tags and how to use them read Tom Ewer’s post “WordPress Tags: Everything You Need To Know” here: https://managewp.com/how-to-tag-effectively