Exercise 2.2 April 09, 2015 This exercise is the second step in trying to read more deeply into Gilbert’s essay. Together these exercises should help you better understand the essay and find inspiration for research. As I suggested in Exercise 2.1, your other goal will be to describe the structure and organizing principles of Gilbert’s essay. You will also be mapping the essay in class (two weeks from now), offering a visual representation of the whole work (more on that later). However, right now your ultimate goal is to find specific, smaller ideas or arguments in Gilbert’s essay that will start your own research project. Whereas in Ex. 2.1 we glossed the first section of Gilbert’s essay, in this exercise you will be working with the second half (and conclusion) of the essay. We will also be trying a different re-reading technique from the reading strategies guide, a dialectical (or double-entry) notebook. WRITE ABOUT FIVE PASSAGES IN A DOUBLE-ENTRY NOTEBOOK First, actively re-read, annotate, and write out questions for the second section of Gilbert’s essay. These are paragraphs 18-33, and include the section “The Myth of Fingerprints” and the conclusion. Then, isolate five passages from this section that you found interesting, strange, or revealing. Create a dialectical notebook, basically a two-column notebook in which to record specific passages and then respond to them. Basically, the left column of your notebook will be labeled “What It Says.” This is where you record passages you found interesting, strange, or revealing. Quote them in MLA format, with the page number included in parentheses, too, so you can refer back to it later. Label the right column “What I Think.” This is where you analyze what you found interesting, strange, or revealing about the passage you chose. I recommend beginning the entry by talking about details in the passage. What can you point out with some certainty about the language here? Then, think about your answers to the following: What is suggested or implied by the details? What else could be said that isn’t implicitly stated? What is the significance of the passage? Why did you choose it? Why is it important for the essay? Why might others find it a significant statement? How does it affect your thinking about the topic? The response should be much longer than the passage.Try to keep both the passage and your response to it side-by-side in the notebook. Your notebook and printed essay will be due in class on Tuesday, April 14. Instructions for setting up a double-entry notebook on your computer For a Word document, you can create a double-entry notebook by using the table function to create the two columns. Click “table” at the top of your document, and then click “insert” in the fold-down menu. Choose a table with 2 columns and two rows. Now, create headings for your columns. In the top row, on the left, type “What It Says,” and on the right type “What I Think.” Here is a sample entry, from two unrelated readings: WHAT IT SAYS “I learned early on that war forms its own culture. The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug, one I ingested for many years.” (233) WHAT I THINK Hedges compares war to an addictive drug. I thought this was really interesting because my roommate is in the Marine Corps, and will be deploying soon to Afghanistan. When I listen to him speak about how he cannot wait for battle, I get an unsettling feeling. It really makes one think why would one want to kill the enemy so bad? Really shows how war can make one look addicted. “It is worth asking ourselves if this bawdy world of boobs and gams we have resurrected reflects how far we’ve come, or how far we have left to go.” (146) Here Levy exposes her main argument, that all the recent “raunch” culture accomplished was showing just how far feminists and sexual equalities have to go. I found the passage really revealing because she does not give a statement, but proposes a question. It seems that she really wants readers to keep asking questions that further examine the issue of raunch culture.