Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Old Man and the Sea

Before my freshmen and I begin reading Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, we will do research projects about Hemingway and deep-sea fishing at the library. Click here for the assignment.

One of the tools we'll be using at the library is Infotrac. It's essentially a database of searchable essays and periodicals. Please ask me for the password.

Ms. Stroud said some good "keyword search" words are: saltwater fishing, salt water AND fishing, and fisheries.

If doing a subject search, try: fishing recreation, fishing vessels, marlin fishing, shark fishing, and big game fishing. Here are the results from one of Ms. Stroud's searches.

For those interested in learning more about Hemingway's "masculine prose" writing style, check out this link from Tidewater Community College in Virginia.

It does a decent job explaining the creative choices writers make when trying to write in particular styles. At one point it contrasts F. Scott Fitzgerald's "psychological flourishes" with Hemingway's hard prose.

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