Modern Fiction/Nonfiction Summer Reading Assignment. Welcome to Modern Fiction/Nonfiction! In this course we will consider two closely related cultural movements, Modernism and Postmodernism. Although we will spend much of our time considering written texts, both of these movements embrace all of the arts---visual, literary, musical, etc. Therefore, over the summer, you are asked to consider a variety of such texts that incorporate modernist/postmodernist philosophy. NOTE: If you can’t access some of the links below, go to Mrs. Danielle Walsh’s SchoolWires site. Those links will open. Requirements: Read a combination of the texts listed below. Links to each text have been provided. You must read/engage a minimum of three (3) short stories/poems, one (1) nonfiction essay, and a combination of three (3) visual media. You may add additional works of your own selection, as well, if you wish. Annotate your selected written texts and take notes on the visual texts by selecting quotations, images, or other elements that interest you; identifying ideas/themes/motifs that seem important; and recognizing patterns and correspondences that appear across all of the texts. Write questions and comments about things you don’t understand or elements that make you think, feel, or wonder. Also try to identify how the authors/artists make their points. At the beginning of the school year, you will be asked to analyze your notes and come up with a hypothesis regarding what you think modernism and postmodernism are, based upon your experiences with your selected texts. You will use your notes to help you specifically support your hypothesis. Selections: Short Stories/Poems. Choose a minimum of three (3)! “Alphabet” by Catherine French - poem "Answers to a Questionnaire" by J.G. Ballard “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez “Axolotl” by Julio Cortázar “Easter, 1916” by William Butler Yeats - poem “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg - poem “Perl, the First Postmodern Computer Language” “She” by Charles Kaufman "The School" by Donald Barthelme “The Transfer of Patient Twenty-Seven” by Hugh Cook “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot - poem “Waiting” by Peggy McNally “Zombie” by Chuck Palahniuk Nonfiction. Choose a minimum of one (1)! The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan Electronic Revolution by William Burroughs From Here On by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, and Joachim Schmid Berlin. Present Shock (excerpt) by Douglas Rushkof "Gaga over Gaga: Lost in the Funhouse of the (Reified) Real" by Virginia Konchan Visual Media. The following sites are galleries that provide many different artists and their works. Choose one work from a minimum of two (2) different artists to consider. You might want to print out the works you engage; you must note the name of the artist, and the title and date of the work in your notes! Art *Setter Artspan Collections Museum of Modern Art Saatchi Gallery The Tate Gallery We look forward to seeing in September. Enjoy your summer!