Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
In the Prologue, Greil Marcus introduces the concept of artist as being more than someone who creates and redefines it to mean someone who shapes a culture. To do this, Marcus uses an anecdote or a short and often amusing narrative about a biographical incident that reveals some kind of truth. In the anecdote about The Dick Cavett Show, Marcus tells that only Little Richard "Singer and Weirdo" is an artist. The objective for today is to understand how an anecdote is used in a narrative to reveal a truth.
1) Class Activity: Make a class definition for "anecdote" and "artist" on the board and ask students to identify the anecdote in the Prologue. Then identify Marcus' definition of artist and compare it to the class definition of artist. Make a Venn Diagram comparing the two definitions. Why would Marcus want to define artist differently...
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