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Leading Class Discussion Dates

As noted in the guidelines for Leading Class Discussion, your questions for class discussion (4-5 in number) should highlight issues or themes or queries you think we should address in our class discussion of the reading assigned for that day. After conferring about and drafting the questions, groups leading discussion should email me their questions by 7 p.m. the night before; I will confirm receipt and offer any suggestions for the order or focus of the questions.

The Child: The Boy in the Book
January M 23 Edward Connery Lathem, "Words and Pictures Married: The Beginnings of Dr. Seuss" (1976) [F 61-75]; Seuss, If I Ran the Zoo (1950) [YFS / R]; Selma G. Lanes, "Seuss for the Goose Is Seuss for the Gander" (1971) [F 45-51]; Karen Sánchez-Eppler, “Childhood” (2011) [CP]. Leading Class Discussion: Crystal Bandel & Rebecca "Kat" Gibbs.
Poetry: Seuss and Nonsense
  M 30 Michael Heyman & Kevin Shortsleeve, “Nonsense” (2011) [CP]; Edward Lear, selected limericks [CP]; Lewis Carroll, "Jabberwocky" [CP]; Seuss, If I Ran the Circus (1956) [R]; Seuss, Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962) [YFS / R]. Leading Class Discussion: Sara Austin & Emily Midkiff
Activism, Part 1: Horton Hears a Heil!
February F 3 Morgans, Chapter 9; Minear, Dr. Seuss Goes to War, to p. 114; Your Job in Germany (1945; script by Geisel, directed by Frank Capra) [C / W]. Leading Class Discussion: Danielle Payne & Laura Thacker.
Cartoons, Camp, & Surrealism: The Art of Dr. Seuss
M 13 McCloud, excerpts from Chs. 1 & 2, Understanding Comics (1995); Seuss, Hejji (1935) [KSOL]; Nel, "Dada Knows Best: Growing Up 'Surreal' with Dr. Seuss" (1999) [CP]; Happy Birthday to You! (1959) [YFS / R]; Seuss, The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss (1995) [R]. Leading Class Discussion: Meredith Flory & Elizabeth Symm.
Reading Teacher: The Cat in the Hat and What He Begat
F 24 Morgans, Chapter 13. Dick and Jane [C]; John Hersey, "Why Do Students Bog Down on First R?" (1954) [CP]; Dolch Word Lists [W]; Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat (1957), The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958) [R]. Leading Class Discussion: Caroline Sweeney & Megan Kern.
Race: Was the Cat in the Hat Black?
March M 5 Nathalie op de Beeck, Suspended Animation, Introduction & excerpt from Chapter 2 [CP]; Seuss, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) [YFS / R]; Jerrold and Lorraine Beim, Two Is a Team, illus. Ernest T. Crichlow (1945) [R]; Margret and H.A. Rey, Spotty (1945) [R]; Seuss, The Sneetches (1961) [YFS / R]; Garth Williams, The Rabbits’ Wedding (1958) [R]. Leading Class Discussion: Rebekah Mulvaney & Autumn Van Leeuwen.
Gender: Is Seuss for the Goose Seuss for the Gander?
M 12 Carolyn See, "Dr. Seuss and the Naked Ladies" (1974) [F 53-56]; Alison Lurie, "The Cabinet of Dr. Seuss" (1990) [F 155-64]; Seuss, The Seven Lady Godivas (1939) [C]; Seuss, Horton Hears a Who! (1954) [YFS / R]; Seuss, The Cat in the Hat (1957); Seuss, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) [YFS / R]. Leading Class Discussion: Elizabeth Rankin & Allison Shufelt
Case Study: Seuss vs. Sendak
  W 28 Sendak, Kenny's Window (1956) [R]; Glenn Edward Sadler, "A Conversation with Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss" (1982/1992) [F 135-40]. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (1963) [R], The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960) [R]. Leading Class Discussion: Shaun Baker & Jessica Campbell
Activism, Part 2: Speaking for the trees? We’ll see, we’ll see….
April W 4 Morgans, Chapter 17; Seuss, The Lorax (1971) [YFS / R]; Bill Peet, The Wump World (1970) [R]; Seuss, Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949) [R]; Nathalie op de Beeck, “Speaking for the Trees: Environmental Ethics in the Rhetoric and Production of Picture Books” (2005) [CP]; Birkett and Lundgren, Truax (1997) [KSOL]. Leading Class Discussion: Roxanne Campbell & Ryan Gleason
Marketing: Quick, Henry, the DDT!
M 9 Dr. Seuss, The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss (Mandeville Special Collections, UCSD) [W]; Seuss, ads for Ford (1949) [W]; Nel, Chapter 4, pp. 117-124; Seuss, Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) [R]; Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) [YFS / R]. Leading Class Discussion: Kristin Praeuner & Amanda Mahoney
Adaptation: What would you do, if a director asked you?
W 18 Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who! (1954) [YFS / R]; Horton Hears a Who! (animated cartoon, 1970) [C]. Leading Class Discussion: Orlando Dos Reis & Elisha Hillegeist.


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