This does not absolutely mean that CSU faculty will go on strike Apr.13-15 and Apr. 18-19, but we are really getting down to the wire. I will let you know as soon as I can whether our classes for those days will be cancelled.
I wanted to put this out there just to give you a heads up. We’re looking at a 5/19 due date probably. I will be revising this essay prompt in days to come. You are welcome to talk to me about any ideas you have for your paper.
Choose at least one of the following texts: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Heart of Darkness, and Mygale.
Your job is to write an informed, creative, and insightful interpretation of your chosen text(s).
You will need to
4-6 pages. Consult the Paper Guidelines page of this blog.
Due MAY 3: BOTH a hard copy in class AND an ecopy to ilearn by 6 pm.
If you have any questions about the final paper, please direct them to this post.
Choose one of the novels. Your goal is to produce a thoughtful, creative, and informed critique of your chosen text. To do this you will need to
- research your novel’s social and historical context and critical responses to your novel. [NOTE: A simple google search will not be adequate for this task. You will need to use the databases provided by the library. NEVER use wikipedia on your Works Cited page unless you are writing a paper about wikipedia.]
- use at least two of the theoretical readings we’ve discussed this semester, one of which MUST be Hawkes.
- focus on formal aspects of the novel. In other words, consider the how as well as the what of the narrative.
Notably, the novel itself functions as a kind of critique. In other words, in telling a story (in constructing a storyworld, selecting specific language, creating characters, and inventing and organizing events in the form of a plot) the novel constitutes an effort to describe and criticize the society in which it was made.
If you want to vote in the June 7 California presidential primary, you must be registered to vote by May 23rd.
This is where I listened to Adolph Reed’s interview about kayfabe: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/the-remix/77347-adolph-reed-on-azealia-banks-reparations-and-pop-culture-idiocracy
It’s about 7 minutes in.
I give this 9 out of 10 points because the opportunity to link up my response with Timon or the Manifesto wasn’t pursued. Bumpy and Timon are both tragic figures in that their understanding of how the world works has been negated. Bumpy’s distress at his inability to “find the heart” resembles Timon’s predicament and the rage he fells at the irredeemable selfishness of Athen’s social order. More generally, Bumpy’s confusion could also be connected to the social vertigo of capitalism, the dizzying experience of a world in which “all that is solid melts into air.”
You who don’t want these voices to come together, I want to remind you of what Babasaheb said – political democracy is not enough. Well, we will establish social democracy. That is why we speak of the constitution repeatedly. Lenin said, ‘Democracy is indispensable to socialism’. We speak of democracy, freedom of expression, equality and socialism so that a time may come when the son of a peon and the son of a president can study together.
Great GTA presentation today. Just in case you’d like to screen it again:
The film reminds me of Joel-Peter Witkin’s work, which may be a bit “dirtier” visually but has some of the same startling compositions:
And more recently: