33 Revolutions

There is a particular challenge to reading Canek Sanchez Guevara’s 33 Revolutions from a Marxist viewpoint.  The examples of art we’ve examined in class have all been produced under capitalism (and late capitalism).  33 Revolutions comes out of a revolutionary Cuban society that is presumably closer to the Marxist ideal.  So: how would a Marxist critic approach this complex text?  What would he/she do in order to get a better sense of how the “base” operates in relation to the “superstructure”?  Please respond in 100 words by Tuesday morning at 9:00 am.  Feel free to refer to each other’s posts.

Howl (and Formalism)

This first blog response to the reading (Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”) requires that you think like a Formalist critic.  What literary devices does the author use in order to create unity in the first two parts of the poem?  Respond in 100 words after consulting all of the course materials we’ve covered.  the deadline is Tuesday, September 11 by 9:00 am.