Caitlin Marziliano

  • 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 post, Exam Plans, on the site BrainBlog 4 days, 20 hours 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Caitlin Marziliano commented on the post, Task List, on the site Beautiful Mind 1 month ago

    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 post, I Feel a Draft, on the site BrainBlog 1 month 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!

  • Hey, thanks so much for your feedback! I think a big thing for me is that I never feel like I have enough sources. Teachers are always telling me that I need more sources when I’m writing papers, and I think I take it as a personal challenge to not find more, but I’m trying to not do that this time. The last thing I want to do is get nine pages…[Read more]

  • Hey, Michelle! Your research topic looks really interesting! One of your biggest assets, I think is how focused your questions and topic seem to be. Although you are only working with one text and its film adaption, I have no doubt that you will not have any trouble hitting your 20-25 page mark. I really like all the different directions that you…[Read more]

  • I have do not have a concrete list of all the primary sources that I will definitely be using, however, I have several texts in mind that are all in the running. I expect that I will not know for sure exactly […]

    • Hi Caitlin! Your project seems like a big task, but it’s interesting! I really like the idea of incorporating a comedy as well as your question “How does the relationship to an audience, and therefore a society, change the way a playwright goes about portraying consciousness?”. I’m working on a paper about The Duchess of Malfi right now, and I’m looking at the transformation of props from reality to the stage, so I really find your topic compelling. Once you narrow down your primary sources, you can tailor your questions to be more text-centered and specific– but I think you’re on the right track. It’s also interesting that you’re focusing on the playwright’s writing, not the interpretation by actors/performances. I can tell that you’re passionate about this topic too, which is super helpful for motivation! I’m interested to find out which motivating moves you’ll be using once you figure out what articles to use. I think that narrowing down your sources will really help you clarify your ideas and make them more specific– maybe focusing on a certain technique, genre, character (like only women that push the boundary between sanity and insanity) will help. I can’t wait to hear more!

      • Hey, thanks so much for your feedback! I think a big thing for me is that I never feel like I have enough sources. Teachers are always telling me that I need more sources when I’m writing papers, and I think I take it as a personal challenge to not find more, but I’m trying to not do that this time. The last thing I want to do is get nine pages into this project and then find that my question was too narrow or that I did not leave myself room to have my questions change and develop. I always feel like a good paper not only answers the questions that are asked, but also find something new and develop. I don’t know, because its kind of broad I don’t know where to start looking for secondary sources, but the sources will help me narrow my topic. I’ll figure it out, but my biggest fear is backing myself into a corner. When we talk about the project in class, I’ll probably try to get everyone’s insight on what thing, specifically, I can focus on (like genre, character, a certain technique) because I think it will make my whole paper stronger. I just need to figure out which thing to focus on and I’m bad at decisions! Thanks for all your feedback and help!

    • Caitlin I still think this idea is really great! I definitely think that once you solidify your ideas it will all fall into place and be even strong. I like the questions you proposed in the beginning; it made me wonder about the growth that has been taking place in the theater for centuries. Is it more realistic now and connected to the audience? Is it more of a real life portrayal rather than a rehearsed monologue? Also your question on mental illness is definitely going to be interesting. Nowadays, I feel like mental illness isn’t looked at as darkly anymore, maybe more sympathetic than it was centuries ago? I think the plays and the human mind could easily be two separate world back in the old days of theater, but it sounds like your paper will be showing us that maybe they aren’t as distant as we may think. There’s the goal of entertaining the audience, but then there is the goal to connect with them. I really like Hamlet and Macbeth as sources and I think it’d be great to think as an audience member would and try to find articles based on that. The connection audience members feel when watching the actors perform a play they know well, or maybe don’t know at all. Perhaps even articles of the playwrights who transformed stories to plays could give you some great insight on top of all the strong information you already have growing. In this case you definitely have to immerse yourself into two different worlds, but as Michelle said since this is already something you know and enjoy it will be fantastic work. I wanted to be a theater major some years ago and I admire the art and what actors can really do infront of an audience, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what you can put together, I know it will be excellent!

    • Don’t think it is selfish! To pursue something your passionate about can lead to your most sincere and thought provoking writing. I’m going to be very interested to see how this develops. I couldn’t help but think back to our Genre class together. The ideas of characters losing their grip on reality is a very interesting topic to explore. You may even decide to challenge what reality is. (too much? maybe too much lol). As I looked through your primaries I was reminded of Streetcar Named Desire. As much as we may be tired of Streetcar, Blanche may be a valuable and well fitting character to further your claims. You may have avoided it purposely, if that’s the case, ignore that suggestion lol. I imagine dialogue and the content of what certain characters say and how they react to one another will play a huge role in your thesis. Even things such as lighting and setting will play a part. Overall, I think this will be a cool way to examine consciousness, sanity and reality. I’m anxious to see the outcome!

  • Hi! I totally agree with you that understanding the historical context of a text makes it infinitely more enjoyable to read and, most importantly, makes it easy to relate to. How can we understand a character if we do not know anything about the world in which they live? I would agree that after a first reading, the character does come off nothing…[Read more]

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