Caitlin Marziliano

  • True. Most things are a cake walk compared to something I still periodically apologize for six months later.

  • It is certainly understandable how some people feel a certain amount of fear or apprehension when approaching public speaking. I do believe that everyone feels some of this anxiety, but, like everything,I have […]

    • Hi Cait! The entire time I was reading your post, I could not stop thinking that you probably have the most experience on stage so you would be more comfortable with public speaking than many of us. But as you pointed out, performance and public speaking are a little different. I agree with you that the whole nervous feeling thing is typically from being in the main spotlight, with everyone focused on you. I tend to look for familiar faces in the crowd, which usually reassures me that everything will be fine. So, don’t freak out if I look over to you for a confidence boost 😀

    • I’ll always remember your story about having to spit on your co-start on stage. If you can pull that off…

  • Okay! So my keywords would be mental illness, playwright, and depiction…? It’s kind of hard to sum up in key words like that. Looks like a lot of us are working with the brain or mental illness though.

  • Sui Sin Far was a writer born under the name Edith Maud Eaton to a Chinese mother and English Father. Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian is an autobiographical essay that Far wrote describing many o […]

  • Hey Asheka! You have a really good variety of texts here that you can draw from, so you should feel pretty good going into the next couple of weeks. I would perhaps suggest maybe finding more ways to use some of your other texts. For example, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, being a drama, could also be used for your drama section. I’m sure you know all…[Read more]

  • Caitlin Marziliano commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hey Lisa,

    It looks to me like you have a nice variety of texts that you are going to be able to use during the exam. You have short works, novel length works, and a lot of secondary sources that all look like they will be helpful. Your flexibility plans look great, and I’m sure as we talk about the texts more in the next few weeks you will…[Read more]

  • My plans below are in no way complete, nor are they definitely what I am doing on test day, but its a start. Okay, here we go:


    Historical Context:

    Right now, I am leaning towards using A Midsummer N […]

    • This looks like a clear, well laid-out plan Caitlyn! You are sticking to your strengths while hitting all the required points — a talent I admire and wish to emulate.

      I have had a recurring fear that if we only use the shorter pieces on our list we might somehow be penalized. My only suggestion would be to add at least one longer work to your arsenal.

    • Hi Cait! Sorry for the late response to your post. You have some great plans for the test. I totally agree that it is most important to finish reading more texts (I’m still working on it too). I like that you wrote, “arsenal”, like we’re going to war (sure feels like it). Since you want to write about identity in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest, I can easily see Invisible Man fitting into this section, but it does also depend on the type of identity you wish to discuss. Also, I think that, “The Mark on the Wall”, would be much easier for a Genre or Historical reading. I think you have great ideas for a theoretical foundation and I’m sure you’ll find great ways to apply them to our texts.

  • For my group’s theory presentation this week, it was my job to explicate the work. I attempted to identify and explain key passages and arguments of Bhabha’s for the class and, in doing so, try to help the class […]

  • Hey, I feel like I owe you a comment on this post so here it is!

    I’m so happy you have found that sweet spot we all anxiously wait to hit when working on a project. We have all put so much work into these projects and I know crossing the finish line will be well worth it. As always, it sounds like you have a great plan of attack leading into…[Read more]

  • I have been avoiding writing this post all week because I really wasn’t sure what my plans for revising were going to be after Wednesday. My draft has undergone a lot of changes since submitting it on Sunday and […]

  • Hey Asheka,
    Its good to see that you have a plan of attack for this next phase of revision. I would agree with professor Tougaw that you should begin with motive; it will make all of the other things you need to do that much easier. I would also suggest that you not panic about how much there still is to do. It can seem like a lot sometimes, but…[Read more]

  • Caitlin Marziliano commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 4 years, 9 months ago

    Hey Lisa!

    This looks like a really helpful and concise checklist. It gives you a lot of really concrete, doable tasks to accomplish before our next draft is due. It looks like what you are planning to do will really add to your paper! Happy writing!

  • During the next step of revising my research project I will have to:

    Find and use sources that deal with the history of mental illness.
    Somewhat revise thesis to be clearer and include the idea of illusion […]

    • This is a great list–and gives you plenty to do for now. You’ll get another chance to revise, so that’s your chance to deal with anything else that comes up. I think this will make a big difference. It’s all within your grasp.

    • Hey Caitlin
      Let me first say thank you for all your great feedback for my paper. It was all extremely encouraging as well as helpful. Now then, when you mention sources that deal with the history of mental illness, are you referring to that general umbrella or something more specific? If you had something specific in mind, it would be good to search for that. I am just thinking that it is such a broad topic and refining it would make for easier research. Also, it is possible that you may find that special beginning quote while researching the topic of mental illness, so keep your eyes peeled. Another thing that you may want to add to your list is ensuring that each paragraph states the function it plays in your essay. Well, this is the most I can think to say at the moment. I hope it was helpful.

    • Hi Caitlyn,
      my favorite parts of your paper as a reader are the parts where you delve into Hamlet and other plays. I had many “ah ha!” moments when I read your insights, especially for Hamlet. You hammer home points I would have never thought of, and as a reader, those are always my favorite moments.

      Please feel confident to include your own voice liberally throughout, a bit of wisdom you offered to me!

  • Hello again, everybody! This week, I gave a presentation in class on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Before diving into secondary sources, here a little background on the text itself. According […]

  • After receiving some great feedback this week from Professor Tougaw, Michelle, and Francesca, I think I have a pretty clear plan of attack for the next few weeks. Following their suggestions, the first thing I am […]

    • Hey Caitlin! Sorry for the late comment. We weren’t group mates from the start so I wasn’t around for the early working out of your paper. But I’m glad we’re in the same group now and I hope to do the best I can to help you. Based on what you noted here, you had a specific set of plans for your draft and it seems you did most of them from our discussion in the workshop. I have not read your paper just yet but I hope to give you specific and useful feedback.

  • Hahaha, oooh no keep those subheadings in for me! I’m going to need a few good laughs by the time I’m done writing my own paper! My subheadings are in my head for the time being, but having them is definitely helping. My introduction, as it turns out, is pretty representative of the rest of my paper. Everything I’m writing is long and there is a…[Read more]

  • Oh, one last thing! I’m still reading some of my sources so I’m not putting them in my paper (yet). I’m a little concerned that when I want to insert them later they will disrupt the flow of my paper. I usually just write straight from the introduction to conclusion and have never added things in the middle so I’m a little concerned with how that…[Read more]

  • Hello all! I meant to let everyone know how my paper was going earlier, but as I keep writing, the problems I am facing keep changing. The very first thing that tripped me up was deciding exactly how I want to […]

    • Oh, one last thing! I’m still reading some of my sources so I’m not putting them in my paper (yet). I’m a little concerned that when I want to insert them later they will disrupt the flow of my paper. I usually just write straight from the introduction to conclusion and have never added things in the middle so I’m a little concerned with how that will go. But, I have all you lovely people for advice, so I’m sure it’ll work out.

    • Hi, Caitlin! I think everything will turn out great! I’m also leaving some space for sources I haven’t quote gotten my hands on yet, so we can figure that out together when the time comes. It sounds like you’re doing well! It’s awesome that you’re figuring out some really important parts of your paper. I had a similar issue, especially because I’m kind of putting together two conversations– one about mental illness over time and another about film, so I finally decided that I should put the mental illness part first in my analysis in order to understand the film part. I’m proud that you even got to your introduction! I’ve been avoiding it, and I’ll probably get to it last just because it seems the most daunting. But keep going! I like your idea of subheadings (whether actually having them or just having them in your head), and I’m definitely doing the same. Right now, I have actual ones with pretty unscholarly titles like “Michelle, talk about mental illness here” or, my favorite, “everybody dance now!” for when all my parts come together. I need to change those before I send the draft to you, though!

      • Hahaha, oooh no keep those subheadings in for me! I’m going to need a few good laughs by the time I’m done writing my own paper! My subheadings are in my head for the time being, but having them is definitely helping. My introduction, as it turns out, is pretty representative of the rest of my paper. Everything I’m writing is long and there is a lot of information. I am sure that I will need to trim some of the fat from my paper during revisions, but I’d much rather have too much and trim than have too little and have to add a lot. I just don’t want my audience to feel like they’re drowning in my paper (if that makes sense).
        I’m happy to hear that you were able to get past the problem you were having with the order you wanted to place your topics in. It sounds like you made the right move. I think discussing metal illness first will help you crate a strong basis and set the stage for the conversation you want to start about film.

  • Hey Michelle! You have some really great sources here that deal so well with your topic! Additionally, the sources that you have found to help you create conversation work really well with where your topic seems to be going. I know it was proving a little difficult for you to find sources (besides your first one) that deal with exactly what…[Read more]

  • Bialo, Caralyn. “Popular performance, the broadside ballad, and Ophelia’s madness.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 53.2 (2013): 293+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

    I am most likely no […]

    • Hi, Caitlin! You’re really starting to establish the scholarly conversation here. You have a nice amount of sources that speak to the line between illusion and reality that is broken within each play that you’re discussing. I especially like your statement that “Playwrights can only show the madness for what it is if they shatter it with reality.” If you can, use this statement or idea somewhere! I have a few questions though: Are you focusing on the instances of the breaking of illusion/or reality in the plays and how they are similar, or are you looking into the writing methods that are used to create similar scenes? Similarly, are you writing about the plays or the playwrights? If the latter, I think that finding some interviews with the modern playwrights would be helpful, and maybe some information on mental illness from Shakespeare’s time. I only know briefly that people used to visit asylums for entertainment; I don’t really know about their concepts of illusion and reality, and what informed Shakespeare as he included mental illness in his piece. Also, it’s interesting to think how Hamlet (according to some) decided to act mentally ill. Was that what people thought about the illness? I really don’t know much about that, so maybe that would help as well! (That’s kind of what I’m doing too, seeing what informed these writers as they constructed their pieces.) It seems like “Madness” is really one of your central articles that you’ll use and, since it’s based on Virginia Woolf, maybe you could use Woolf as a hub and compare the other pieces to the strategies (or situations) to it? Or you could go in chronological order. Up to you! I think it would also help to find more sources for Crimes of the Heart if you decide to write about that play. I am also interested in how you’ll use the plays themselves in your paper. Will you interact with the text yourself, present your argument within the scholarly conversation only, or both? I’m also interested in hearing more about your position within these articles and how you’re making something new. We can definitely discuss this! Perhaps finding a theory piece would help as well. I’m not sure which theory exactly, maybe something about playwriting, or writing about madness– but I think that a general article would help you apply that theory to the plays and add something new that way as well, and it would also give you a clearer method of how to break down your paper into arguable pieces instead of just play by play. Your ballroom diagram is great, too! As we work on our projects, I’m looking forward to finding out exactly what you’d say if you were in that ballroom too. Good job!

    • Caitlin I really like all your sources! They seem to connect together very easily and carry out your running idea. I do agree with Michelle; I am curious as to whether you are going to focus on the idea of mental illness in the theater, or, more specifically, how mental illness has changed overtime in the theater from Shakespearean to contemporary. I know you mentioned in class also about how behavior and consciousness changes when you read the play rather than watch the performance, will you tie mental illness into that? Is it possible to do all?! You definitely have a lot of options! A source for each play is definitely great to back up each work you are using while adding more power to your thesis. Plunka’s article sounds interesting to me, I like how it has a focus more on mental illness in general, I think that will be a great source. I think it’s safe to say mental illness will be carried out through the paper, perhaps it’s an idea to split your some plays into the performances and the others into playwrights and tie madness into each side? That may be difficult, I am just thinking out loud, but I think your really narrowing down your thoughts to something great!

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