Group Summary of
Please work with your group (or individually) to summarize Reinhard’s article. Your summary should be two pages long, in MLA format, listing the name of each participant in your breakout room who attended and contributed for the entire session.
- To begin your summary, tell who wrote the essay, the name of the essay, and what the writer’s main point or project is. As with McDonald’s you should be able to do this is one short paragraph. (For example: In his essay, “ Disgrace and the Neighbor: An Interchange with Bill McDonald,” Coetzee scholar Kenneth Reinhard responds to Bill McDonald’s essay, arguing against McDonald’s thesis that David Lurie changes. It is Reinhart’s thesis that David Lurie does not undergo significant change in the novel. In answering McDonald, Reinhard analyzes each of Lurie’s changed vision in the context of two sets of questions—one regarding the redemptive potential of change in vision and the second regarding what it means to love one’s neighbor.
- Reinhard devotes the first 1 ½ pages to this contextualization. In the middle of page 2, he announces his own project: he will respond to McDonald by questioning the redemptive nature of vision AND also questioning neighbor love. Reinhard then sets about defining and contextualizing the significance of erotic vision. On page 96, he begins his analysis of the three visions set forth by McDonald, addressing the limitations of each vision to indicate real change in Lurie. This might be the heart of your summary.
- Reinhard moves from his analysis of the three visions to an analysis of neighborly love in Disgrace and the problems of living side-by-side with those whose presence may be a challenge. He places his case for the novel’s redemption in Lucy and her “blindness” to the evils she has suffered.
Once again your summary should be 2 pages long, double-spaced in MLA format.