I really like the idea of having an appendix on Keywords, since I didn't know what they were before this class. I made some minor changes to the beginning of that introduction to keep the section from sounding too repetituous, but it's really intimidating to edit your work Deborah! For the references section, is that supposed to list external links to pages relevant to history, or is it supposed to be a works cited section for the texts listed in the article? --Spritey 03:14, 29 November 2008 (EST)
Hey, Linda! Thank you so much for editing! I may have taken the lead on the intro page to get things moving, but ultimately this is the class's page. You should edit and take out or add anything that you feel is missing. As for the Reference section, I was going to just list all the works cited for the course and whatever is referenced on the page -- especially the web stuff so you all know how to cite online references. Should we also have a "For Further Reading" section to include external links to pages relevant to history as a keyword? --Dkimmey 12:46, 2 December 2008 (EST)
So far I've done two round of revisions. If you click on the "history" tab on the main page, you'll see these revisions and you can actually click through and compare versions/drafts.
The first major change that I did to the page (last week) was to add images for each of the books. I thought it'd be nice to give intro "blurb" to your group specific pages. I'm really excited about the one for Waiting for the Barbarians --- since it feels incredibly postmodern to use a gaming graphic for a novel, especially a novel that's about the infinite relay/replay of Empire/Civilization. I'm also excited by the graphic for Who Would Have Thought It?. For Go Down, Moses I was torn between the Edward Hopper painting, and a grittier documentary-style photo of bootleggers in a tunnel (at right). It seemed to work for Faulkner's main character digging through the past to find the skeletons in the closet, etc. Let me know which one you think is best, or just change it in the wiki. The file is called bootleggingtunnel.jpg.
Re: Image Searching
Just so you know, you can search for copywrite free images through creativecommons.com. I found all of these by doing searches through their site.
The second major change I did to the page was to streamline your group points into subsections and then think of headers for those content areas. As a writer, I always work best when writing to a title. These aren't fixed in stone ... but they're a start! I plan on finishing the content today/tomorrow, and I'll keep updating with these comments so as to share some tips on the writing process.
Re: Wiki Formatting
As a basic tip, you can always learn wiki formatting best by clicking on the "edit" tab on any wiki-generated page and checking to see how the authors coded for the page. For example, if you click on the "edit" page for this discussion tab, you'll find out how to format images into thumbnails (boxes with captions). For reference, here's how you should type it:
[[Image:insertimagename.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Type the caption text here.]]
Remember, to upload pictures, click on Special:Upload file in the left hand navigation.
More to come ... :) --Dkimmey 16:29, 21 November 2008 (EST)
I've posted content under the different sense of "history" ... but it's a bit wordier than I intended. Part of this is because I put in some framing for your discussion of the novels. I'm keeping it as is for now, so you and your group can see your ideas as launching from this page. After we get this up and running, we will want to edit this down.
Hopefully, today I'll also update the page with web links and other graphics. --Dkimmey 13:37, 23 November 2008 (EST)
I've added a section that works more-or-less as an appendix on Keywords (outlines Williams' method and sketches how history has informed our other keywords. You can let me know if this is a good contribution to our essay that is written for a more general audience, or whether its too particular to the class objectives. --Dkimmey 14:41, 25 November 2008 (EST)
Things still to do:
As of Nov 25, 2008
- Complete the "History and Keywords" section.
- Add references.
- Look for good images for each of the meanings of "history" that we've been tracing.
- Edit! Streamline the content.