Monthly Archives: May 2012

Your EUrovision 2012

Russia’s entry, Buranovskiye Babushki:

Italy’s Nina Zilli clearly has a Motown fixation:

Austria’s Trackshittaz with the unfortunately titled “Woki Mit Deim Popo” (German: Shake Your Booty):

The winner, Sweden’s Loreen:

film & books

Here is a list of books I read this semester when I probably should have been doing other things.

The Widow by Georges Simenon

One of Simenon’s “romans durs” (lit. “hard novels”). Bleak and succinct. A recently paroled drifter shacks up with a middle-aged widow in provincial France much to the dismay of her suspicious in-laws. A beautiful young mother, greedy relatives, and a terrible secret.

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Final Papers (HUM225/HUM455/HUM470)

The guidelines for the final papers are the same as those for the first assignment. The password and id # for are also the same. The deadline for submitting an e-copy to turnitin is 5 pm, Thursday May 17. Remember: submitting an e-copy is part of the assignment.

Fair warning: papers that do not meet the format will not be accepted. Consult the relevant course information page to see the format requirements.

A good paper will demonstrate an intelligent and informed engagement with the prompt. It will have few if any errors of grammar and diction. Recall that your final paper constitutes 20% or one-fifth of your final grade.

At present I’m back-logged with requests to read paper drafts. I will make a conscientious effort to answer as many emails as possible. Odds are, however, that I won’t be able to offer an exhaustive list of comments. I strongly advise that you draft your paper at least twice. The best bet, of course, would be to consult a writing tutor, but at this late date it seems unlikely that the LAC will have openings. (Still, it never hurts to try).

FinalReview (HUM455)




Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)

La Revolucion Congelada (The Frozen Revolution)

Aztecs: Exposition of Culture

Shock Doctrine excerpts

Monroe Doctrine

“Democracy as the Ideology of Empire”

Roosevelt Corollary

“Postmodernism and Consumer Society”

“Aesthetic of Hunger” (by Glauber Rocha)

Art and Revolution

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