Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Home/Birth: a poemic by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker lesson plan


At least seven interchanges back and forth via email with a partner around a socio-political theme. Feel free to use documents: personal and/or historical photos, news articles, transcripts, interviews, etc. Each collaborators own words should appear somewhere in the work.

Hand in both a printout of the email exchange, as well as the revised work (first to last), in your final portfolio.

Based on Home / Birth.


Home/Birth discussion Creative Writing: Contemporary Forms


Parataxis (from Greek for 'act of placing side by side'; from para, beside + tassein, to arrange; contrasted to syntaxis) is a literary technique, in writing or speaking, that favors short, simple sentences, with the use of coordinating rather than subordinating conjunctions.

The term parataxis has also been appropriated by some cultural theorists to describe certain works of art or "cultural texts" in which a series of scenes or elements are presented side by side in no particular order or hierarchy.

Uses in the book:

  • personal narratives
  • voices of home birth providers (midwives, doulas, supporters),
  • statistics
  • other sources: books, bumper stickers, mouse pads, etc.

Assignment: get together with someone and examine a page

Examine: interconnectedness of association and parataxis. How is the page effective?


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