I’m not saying don’t read the Mitchell, but I would advise that you devote the bulk of your energies to Hall’s article on representation as you prepare for Tuesday’s class. Hall will provide us with some of the tools that we will use throughout the semester. So: take reading notes.
These texts may seem challenging or difficult. That’s good; it means the work is getting done. As my graduate adviser once said, “If this reading irritates you, examine the source of your irritation.”