AP English and Composition
March 19, 2013
Popular Culture Annotated Bibliography
Denby, David. “High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies.” The Language of Composition. Eds. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Bedford/St. Martin’s: Boston, MA, 2008. Pg. 709-715. Print.
In his New Yorker article, David Denby describes the formulaic model for a teen movie. . According to Denby’s article, High-School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies, these stereotypes are “a common memory, collective trauma, or at least a social erotic fantasy” (710). Denby argues there are specific roles in these movies that narrowly stereotype the lives of high school students. Teen movies and the way in which Denby characterizes them are the perfect exemplification of gender roles and can be part of a thesis about the way in which gender roles are “taught” to children from a young age and into their teen years. This essay also fits perfectly when it comes to the community aspect of the assignment as there is a cross-section of people who belong to certain communities that will watch the teen movies described.
Twain, Mark. “Corn-Pone Opinions ” The Language of Composition. Eds. Renee Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Aufses. Bedford/St. Martin’s: Boston, MA, 2008. Pg. 717-722. Print.
Twain quotes his childhood friend as saying, “You tell me where a man gets his corn-pone, and I’ll tell you what his opinions are.” In saying this he means that one’s opinions can be told based on where that person got their bread, a synonym for corn-pone. Mark Twain believed that this idea made a couple of assumptions. First it was believed the rule is that man conforms to public opinion based on calculation and intention; however, Twain believed that this was the exception, not the rule. Second, according to his essay, this idea also made the assumption that there is such a thing as an original opinion; however, Twain says that although there are some who do create...