Lesson 1 (from Book I, Stanzas 1-9)
"Lautréamont's Maldoror" begins with a few stanzas written by an unnamed narrator before handing narration over to Maldoror himself. The objective of this lesson is to look at the use of framing in this poem.
1) Class discussion: Who introduces this poem? What does the narrator warn the reader about? What other information does the narrator offer? When does Maldoror begin narrating? How can the reader tell when Maldoror begins narrating? What is the first thing Maldoror says? How does Maldoror talk about his own life? How does this compare to the first narrator's introduction?
2) Think-Pair-Share: Students will respond to the following: After reading Maldoror's section, does the narrator's warning make sense? Why or why not? Students should share their response with a partner and combine their responses into one. Pairs will then share this answer with the class.
3) Brainstorm: As a class, students will...
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