Monday, January 27, 2014

Sample Annotation for A Christmas Carol

For Blog #8, post your 5 important/funny/confusing quotes from A Christmas Carol (1 quote for each stave) along with their annotations. Quotes may be typed or photographed along with marginalia. Annotations may take any form you feel relevant to our understanding of the quote’s significance. This post does not need to be a minimum of 250 words, however comments will be worth half the credit; comments will be used to decide which annotations are used in our class e-book edition of the novel!

Below are a couple of examples of annotations you might include for a quote in the first stave.

Stave I

And then let any man explain to me, if he can, how it happened that Scrooge, having his key in the lock of the door, saw in the knocker, without its undergoing any intermediate process of change--not a knocker, but Marley's face.
Annotation 1:

Creepy! A knocker turned into a face! But why the knocker? Just because it's in the center of the door? Why not the door knob? Why not the door of his apartment? Hmm...

Annotation 2:
Sketch of Neil Gaiman dressed as Dickens reading A Christmas Carol on 12-15-13.

Annotation 3:

A recording of author Neil Gaiman reading A Christmas Carol on December 15, 2013. At 22 minutes, he reads this part of the story, to the surprise of a little girl in the audience :-)

These are just a couple of the types of annotations you could provide, but hopefully you'll put your own twist on things and help make our edition of A Christmas Carol interesting and useful for future classes.

Also, for Tuesday, be sure to read "Toys" in Reading Pop Culture, and come to class with a couple of ideas for dates and articles for your class presentation!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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