Each response should focus on some aspect of the text you signed up for as it relates to the course themes. Make sure your focus isn’t too broad! If you have signed up for one of the texts in a week where we have more than one reading, you can choose to make some comparison to the other reading(s), but the other reading(s) for that day shouldn’t overshadow the one you signed up for. Your task is to be the resident “expert” on your topic, but you are not required to do outside research (if you do use outside sources, they must be properly credited and cited). Your responses are not “full” essays. The do not require separate introductions and conclusions, but they must include detailed and specific analysis of the reading, and you should present and analyze specific evidence from the reading(s) to support one or two thoughtful points about the reading. Your response may take the form of a close reading of a specific passage of your choice, an analysis of a particular theme or subtopic as represented/expressed in the reading, or a formal analysis of the reading. You should assume everyone in your audience has done the course reading.
Tips for your discussion question: Avoid “fan fiction” type questions (i.e. “what do you think would happen if this element of the text were different?”). While that can be a fun exercise in other contexts, as literary scholars our job is to analyze the text that does exist. Your discussion question should encourage your classmates to consider/analyze some aspect of the reading itself.