Whichever day you have class, we’ll work on these things:
- Reading Chapters 2 & 3 and preparing for seminar (annotate the book with stickies, then in your lab book, write one of each type of question and then answer ONE of the questions you developed as if it was a prompt).
- Signing up for seminar inner circles.
- Foster presentations on “If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism” and “Flights of Fancy.” A nutshell version of these Foster Presentations below.
Flights of Fancy
- Flying or pseudo-flying = something only extraordinary folks can do, often symbolic of freedom OR miracles
- Might involve leaping, jumping, being pushed, being shot out of a canon, being suspended by wires
- Can suggest angels or other godlike superhuman qualities
- Characters who don’t quite fly or whose flights are interrupted or end prematurely —> in general a bad thing (crash landing) but can also be a type of REBIRTH if they land safely and cheat death. Raises questions of what it means to survive certain death and how that survival alters our relationship to the world.
FLYING IS NOT JUST LITERAL FLIGHT HOWEVER. It can also involve the metaphorical flight of reaching beyond our limitations–like reaching for dreams, things beyond the world in which the character lives, freedom from imprisonment or slavery or other types of ugliness, etc.
If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism
Whenever a literary character gets wet, you’re probably looking at a “baptism” scene. We don’t mean this in a religious sense at all, rather we’re looking at it as a metaphor for death/rebirth/new identity.
HOW a character gets wet (jumping, leaping, being pushed, being dragged, etc)
How WET a character gets (drenched, damp, sprinkled)
What the character does or how the character changes afterward (says I love you or starts to plot revenge, etc)
All help to set up the symbolism of the baptism. For example…
- not fully submerged? Maybe the baptism didn’t quite “take”
- pushed involuntarily into the water? Maybe the character wasn’t quite “ready” and won’t change much yet
- got out of the water and only had eyes for one person? Maybe they’ve realized s/he’s the “one.”