For this assignment, students will employ the strategies outlined in Adler’s “How to Mark a Book” to annotate “Discursive Formations” (under Shared Files).
As discussed in class, one of the most important strategies is using the margins for questions, thoughts, etc. Keep track of these, even if in a separate notebook. This is the strategy on which I would like you to focus.
After annotating “Discursive Formations”, students will compose a brief reflection that responds to their own personal line of inquiry. Specifically, I want you to focus on 2 or 3 instances from your annotation where you noted questions about the text, found something intriguing, found something problematic, etc.
For each of these instances, you will compose a paragraph that either speculates an answer to your own question or explicates why you noted a particular moment in the text. There should be no introduction or conclusion, just entries identified by quoting the first few words of the sentence you’ve noted.
“I have decided to describe statements . . .”
Foucault uses the term “statements” repeatedly throughout this passage. He even references using the word indiscriminately which makes me wonder if there is a specific meaning to his use of the word. When I think of the word “statement”, I imagine verbal or written expression, but Foucault’s meaning seems to go beyond . . .
and so on, and so on.
Reflections should be approximately 1 page in length (double-spaced).