The aim of this exercise is to better understand “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” by identifying the main idea in one section of the essay.
Estimated time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Due by 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29
Part 1: Reading
Carefully read “Thesis II: The Monster Always Escapes” in “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” Take note of no more than eight difficult but important words you encounter. “Important words” are words that might be often repeated or are located in places where it seems Cohen is explaining his main idea. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your copy of this essay (either in printed-out or digital form) to class on Wednesday, August 29.
Part 2: Writing
Find one (1) sentence that you think expresses the main point of Thesis II. Write it out and then explain what it means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your sentence and explanation below as a comment to this post. (To be able to post, you need to go to qwriting.org and sign up for an account using your QC email address ending in @qmail.cuny.edu. Once you have an account, join the site by using the link on the right.)