What makes it “AP-Worthy,” anyway, and why should it be? Here’s your chance to “dish some dis” to the canon and mock the whole venture, once and for all!

24PROMPT: 

What belongs to the Western literary canon?

Answer by one of these approaches:

  1. Choose a non-AP-worthy text and pose a modernist argument for its inclusion;
  2. Choose a Canonical work to pose a post-structural argument for removal;
  3. Defy the Canon by transforming an excluded text into a satirically “more worthy” form;
  4. Defy the Canon by transforming a Canonical work into something suitable for mass markets.

Length:  5+ minutes/person

  • 3+ minutes per person or 1-2 written pages or equivalent (Group Projects okay!)

Due: 

Work on Project
Week of 5/17
   
Final Performance Due:
   5/24   

Final versions will be videos which are uploaded to Canvas or FlipGrid to be shown at the final class. 

  1. Choose an AP-approved text and/or a mass market text (the blockbusters, romances, or famous children’s texts are good).

2. Transform it. Three approaches possible:

  1. AP text gets rewritten in the style (and mass market decadence) of a popular writer (i.e. Conrad’s Lord Jim in the style of John Grisham, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in the style of Barbara Taylor Bradford).
  2. Mass market text gets rewritten in the style (and AP pretensions) of a classic writer (i.e. King’s Hearts in Atlantis in the style of Shakespeare, Rowling’s Harry Potter in the style of James).
  3. Mass market text gets critiqued through an extreme post-modern literary theory (i.e. a Marxist reading of Sweet Valley High, a deconstruction of Where the Wild Things Are).

3. For approaches a) and b), your project must juxtapose the two texts so that we may see the transformation. This can be done in any variety of ways left to you, but here are some ideas:

a. A small group chooses one text and transforms it in a variety of styles

b. Writing a paper with two columns, one of the original text, one of the transformed text. Alternatively, writing a paper where one original text gradually transforms itself as the passage progresses.

c. A dramatization or dramatic reading of a text. Toni Morrison’s Beloved performed as an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical might work, for instance.

d. A recording or other technological representation.

4.  Length is important. Consider a paper of 3-4 original (your) pages (not including the prime text, that is) or a performance of 3-4 minutes per person.

5.  You must schedule a presentation of your work before you leave. 

Long live Pooh.