Daily Archives: October 28, 2015

Schedule Changes (HUM415)

I’ve tidied up the schedule for the final five class meetings. You’ll note, I hope, that the assignment for next week, 11/3, consists entirely of readings that were already assigned.

  1. Holmqvist, The Unit
  2. Hawkes, Chs. 6-7
  3. Debord, “The Commodity as Spectacle”
  4. Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control”
  5. IPC, “We Are All Very Anxious”

I want to revisit Hawkes, touch upon Debord and Delueze, discuss “We Are All Very Anxious,” and wrap The Unit. I expect that you will bring hard copies of all of these texts. This is not a suggestion; it is a requirement. In addition, 3 groups will be presenting their Film Analysis Assignments.

As you read Holmqvist’s novel look for the kinds of things we discussed in class: formal techniques, the narrative “focus,” and any commentary– explicit or implicit– on social and economic matters. Think about subjects and objects. Bring at least some of the ideas you’ve encountered in previous readings to this particular text. She is sending a message (some of which may be unconscious). What is it? Just how deep can you go? The final three readings– Debord, Deleuze, IPC– are quite short and somewhat dense. Give yourself time to read them carefully. I am going to test you on at least one of them.

The Prioress (HUM303)

I didn’t eat lunch before class today so forgive me if I wandered a bit. I also mistook “The Prioress’s Tale” for “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale.” It is the Prioress who tells a story about a beautiful, innocent Christian boy who is murdered by Jews. That narrative is one iteration of the Blood Libel (see http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/rinn.asp ).

Here is an extract with standard Modern English interspersing the original Middle English:

551        As I have seyd, thurghout the Juerie
                  As I have said, throughout the Ghetto
552        This litel child, as he cam to and fro,
                  This little child, as he came to and fro,
553        Ful murily than wolde he synge and crie
                  Very merrily then would he sing and cry
554        O Alma redemptoris everemo.
                   Always `O Gracious (mother) of the Redeemer’
555        The swetnesse his herte perced so
                  So pierced his heart the sweetness
556        Of Cristes mooder that, to hire to preye,
                  Of Christ’s mother that, to pray to her,
557        He kan nat stynte of syngyng by the weye.
                  He can not stop singing by the way.


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