The Vernacular Tradition of the African American..
The Vernacular Tradition of the African American. AFAS 160D1-001 Introduction to African American Literature Spring 2015 Week #2: Individual Homework January 26th, 2015 Instructions: 1. Homework #2 covers The Vernacular Tradition of the African American. You are expected to use the material found in the text books. Other resources are encouraged but not necessary. 2. Respond to all questions. Specific references and quotes from the text books are required in responding to the assignments. Assignments: Question #1: (a) Using the Spiritual Go Down Moses and the Gospel Freedom in the Air, analyze how the Black Vernacular Traditions address and depict issues of physical, psychological and spiritual bondage and the corresponding freedom. (b) Why then, are the above forms of The Vernacular Tradition considered Sacred (religious) Renditions? Question #2: (a) Using G.I. Townsel’s sermon: The Way Out Is to Pray Out, compare and contrast the recorded performance (audio) to the written script in terms of the characteristics of The Vernacular Tradition of African Americans. (b) What is the advantage, to you, of having the script available? (c) What aspects of the performativity do you hear in the recorded version of this sermon that corresponds to other Vernacular Literary forms you studied? Give specific examples. Question #3: The introduction to the sermons in the text book draws a comparison between the Black Folk Sermons and Jazz. Pick a piece in the Jazz section of the text book and compare it to a piece in the Sermon section of the textbook to assess the validity of the editors analogy. Question #4: Using Duke Ellington’s jazz piece: It Don’t Mean a Thing and his 1958 hymn œCome Sunday in the Spirituals, compare and contrast the two pieces in terms of the characteristics of The Vernacular Tradition of the African American. Due Date: This assignment is due no latter that February 16th, 2015 “ 11:59pm in D2Ls Dropbox Individual Homework #2 link. There will be no extension of this due date to anyone except for circumstances beyond control (documentation will be required). Please submit a œ.docx or œ.doc file. All other file formats will not be accepted. Please contact the instructor before the due date if you have a problem with this format. E-mail or other submissions will not be accepted.2 Grading: This assignment is part of the Individual Homework and Reading Feedback assignments and will contribute to the 40% of your semester grade as explained in the syllabus. There are no page limits to this assignment but you must fully respond to the assignments. Specific examples and quotations are required in responding to theassignments. A Statement on Plagiarism: Using someone else’s ideas or phrases and representing those ideas or phrases as your own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. You may not realize it, but certain practices lead others to conclude that someone else’s work is your own. œIdeas or phrases include written or spoken material. They also include statistics, lab results, art work, etc. œSomeone else can mean a professional source, such as a published writer or critic in a book, magazine, encyclopedia, or journal; an electronic resource such as material you find on the internet. Proper use of footnotes and citations in your work will greatly reduce chances of plagiarism. Here are some of the practices to avoid: 1. Using someone’s exact words and not putting quotation marks around them, which means the reader has no way of understanding that this is not the work of the author. 2. Using someone’s work and not referencing the source. 3. Close paraphrasing (same order of sentences, same order of paragraphs, same order of sections), with merely a word substituted here and there. This indicates that the work is really still someone else’s. The intellectual work of re-thinking the meaning wasn’t done. This is true even if the source is given. 4. Cut and Paste: Using parts of several people’s work, which some think is original. Please note that the sum of sentences from other authors doesn’t make the combination original. If you have any doubt, please check with the instructor. Also please refer to the University of Arizona’s code of academic integrity for procedures concerning misconducts “ such as plagiarism “ since these misconducts will not be tolerated in this course.