Almost every week you have a reading/reflective essay due on Fridays. As a general set of guidelines, these informal essays have the following learning outcomes:
1. Prompt further thinking about the ideas/issues raised in the reading through the process of writing. This includes articulating, in your own words, some of the major ideas/issues included in the readings (you will not be able to cover them all, nor are you expected to).
2. Reflect on the social importance, or "stakes" of the ideas/issues raised.
3. Reflect upon the personal importance to you of the ideas/issues raised in the readings, and connect these to your life.
4. Provide a tangible form of your reading comprehension for your instructor to assess your understanding of these ideas/issues.
Format: Your essays should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12pt font. I am most concerned that you communicate clearly, so any style of writing (informal, academic, narrative, etc.) that accomplished this is acceptable to me. No citations are necessary unless your draw from sources outside of course readings. Upload your essays to Canvas (do not cut and paste into the dialogue box).
This week, you have 2 options (pick 1):
1. I would like you to explain the goals, media, symbolism, etc. of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party, and relate these to common concerns of "first generation" feminist artists. Then, explain why critic Lucy Lippard thought very highly of this work, and why you either agree or disagree with her positions.
2. Re-imagine Womanhouse in your own time, and with your issues, concerns, thoughts about gender in mind. Start your essay with a summary of Womanhouse, addressing its context, venue, 2 of the installations and/or performances and their goals. Then, offer a plan and your rationale for an updated "Womanhouse" (or Manhouse, Transgenderhouse, etc.). Determine a venue, set forth your concerns or issues you'd like to raise consciousness about, then describe 2 installations or performances you'd include and what you'd want these to achieve.