• Beaumont in his article “Swift’s Classical Rhetoric in “A Modest Proposal” ” argues that the essay is modeled after five part classical oration:The Exordium (Paragraphs 1-7),The Statement of Facts (8-16),Classical […]

  • Background on Melville:

    For most of his life, Melville struggled financially. He didn’t have much support from his family, who were also under financial stress. And prior to writing “Bartleby the Scrivener” […]

  • Transmission of affect has been recorded in premodern European history. In the writing of Montaigne,  he describes this exchange of energy in between old man and a young man. After 17th century the idea of […]

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 4 years, 8 months ago

    I am going to be stealing a lot of your ideas on Brooks. I didn’t know about the historical part or couldn’t find the article but that was an interesting connection. You have two text that you have pretty solid grasp on. Junot Diaz could be paired with A Midsummer Nights Dream. A lot of gender construct are also subverted in that book and I don’t…[Read more]

  • I am just going to throw titles out there as they come into my head. “Dialectical Phenomenology: How We Shape and Create Reality”

  • Here are my notes on how to use some of the text for the exam:

    In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel goes through melancholic mourning. Upon learning about her father’s closeted gay identity, Bechdel is left with a […]

    • Hey Ikram, nice list. You have a lot to say already but we share the same problem – historical context. I’m going to look for something about Oscar Wao. It’s a fun read, I recommend it if you haven’t read it already. I think your strongest text is Fun Home. I’m going to read it on the plane to Florida next week. I’m glad you’ve chosen to use Brooks and DuBois’ double-consciousness, you’ll be able to get a lot out of that. So far so good.

    • First off, this feels solid! I like your reading of Fun Home, and I think the texts you’ve chosen can be approached from many different angles. Swift is versatile, as is Earnest, and I feel that the two can also be related quite easily to each other. I feel as if Bechdel is one of my strongest pieces as well, especially as it doesn’t conform to anything, even stylistically. I like the idea of going with double-consciousness. It’s pretty adaptable as well. I can’t believe I forgot about this theory while writing up my own study guide. Feel free to see if I’ve made any connections that you haven’t already.
      I agree with Brandon that historical content is my weakest point. I think it’s because I don’t know what constitutes historical content, and what’s just explanation.
      Good luck and be well!

    • Thanks for finding the Landa article on “A Modest Proposal”. I wanted a historical source and it sounds like a good one that summarizes a lot of other work for us.

      I want to find something similar for Bartleby and possibly group 3 shared it in their theory presentation (Abbott, I think). Though I wanted to focus on the economic, which it sounds like it mentions only to refute, so the bibliography of that source might be more helpful. Either way, research is much easier in a group!

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 4 years, 9 months ago

    Do you need more sources? I think you have a lot of sources already. And the more you include the literature, the easier it will become for you to explain your thesis and how incorporating literary work will help students and teachers alike.

  • ikhan113 wrote a new post, Revision, on the site Mind Over Matter 4 years, 9 months ago

    Here are my plans to organize and structure my essay into a more coherent piece:

    I need to work on my introduction. Situate Huxley’s views on pleasure in relation to other modernist writers (explaining how […]

    • Ager you left my office, I remembered the other theorist I was talking about: Freud. Are you still going to use “Beyond the Pleasure Principle”?

      When we were talking, you mentioned something key–about thesis. I think that should be on your list. Basically, you suggested that the novel seems to dramatize ideas about pleasure that exceed the bounds of or even contradict Huxley’s nonfiction writing on the subject. Other theorists on pleasure help you see this happening in the novel. Do you I have this right? If so, it also helps you with motive.

    • Hi Ikram! I think that your priorities seem pretty on-point. You do have the framework, but I think once you start writing a little more within your framework, it’ll become more pronounced, which is a good thing! I don’t know how much more explanation you need, but then again, I am familiar with the novel. I suppose it’s important to oreient all readers sufficiently. I would suggest that you run what you have by a complete lay-person, and see what they have trouble with. Once again, I love your work, and can’t wait to see the final result! Be well!

    • I agree with Chani. Once you start writing, more will come out. I suggest doing some free-writing whenever you can, keeping a list of important key terms, and randomly drawing/mapping out what your paper would look like.

      Your paper is really interesting and you’re making more sense than you think. It’s like Tetris – you have all the pieces falling down on you and time is running out. Place them accordingly so your board doesn’t fill up.

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 4 years, 9 months ago

    I think you have a lot of interesting and controversial debate on this issue. I am excited about how the finish piece will look like, because I want to what you think is the right way to incorporate this subject into the classroom setting.

  • As I have mentioned in my cover letter, I don’t really have a well grounded and defined motive for writing on pleasure. So the first part of my revision is going to be to start developing that part of my essay m […]

    • Hi Ikramullah! I read your annotated bibliography to get an idea of where your research was heading, and your topic sounds fascinating! I know that I’ve been grappling with Freud in my paper on dream theory, so it’ll be good to have someone to discuss Frued with (or to just commiserate). I also had a hard time getting a complete draft out, and am still putting the finishing touches on my working draft (which will hopefully work!). I hope you’re doing well, and that you’ve had a pleasurable time writing your paper on pleasure!

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 4 years, 11 months ago

    Yup that’s it. You need more Merlot, and you will be alright. I think you shouldn’t worry about revealing too much in the beginning. If it helps the reader, and you are going to expand on what you have laid out then it shouldn’t be a problem. I am happy for you. You got it all under control.

  • When I was looking for sources it all seemed to gel together. I thought I had more than enough sources to pull the paper in the right direction. My biggest issue thus far is that incorporating theoretical work […]

    • I wouldn’t worry too much about what’s missing. That may become clear as you write. Or it may turn out you’re not really missing anything. You’ll have time to fill in gaps. I’m really curious to learn more about all these theories of pleasure–and how they differ and overlap.

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Brandon,
    I apologize for posting late.
    You have a clear motive as to what are the necessary steps needed to make education for neurodiverse students the most efficient and acceptable. You have clearly identified the major discussion that are going on in the field and how each method clash with each other. Since you point conflicting opinions…[Read more]

  • Hi Radheeka,
    I am sorry for replying late.
    In your annotated bibliography there is a possibility for two distinct discussion: one, you want to show how the dream states in Dracula is a representation of the stringent attitude that the victorians had towards sexuality. So this discussion is geared towards reading Dracula through a historical…[Read more]

  • Barthes, Roland, Richard Miller, and Richard Howard. The Pleasure of the Text. New York: Hill and Wang, 1975. Print.

    In his book, Barthes delineates between two kind of text, one that produces pleasure and one […]

    • Ikram, it seems like you’re focusing on how pleasure is an aspect of identity and the role it plays in transposing identity.

      Your first source had me confused with why you were even considering pleasure in your research but then your argument against Barthes to relate back to the idea of identity is a pretty decent and original idea. I think the Bloom article can help back you up on that.

      The Frost article is interesting, but you didn’t mention how it might tie into identity. I think you can still make that connection.

      The Huxley article is interesting especially in relation to his own novel. I think by introducing that article is a good start for the flow of your paper. It’s always important to have your reader understand the definitions and terms you are going to use throughout your paper so the reader isn’t lost.

      The Kracauer article I’m 70/30 about. 70 for using it, 30 for not. Reason being is because I can see the connection you’re going to make with film and relating it back to the Frost article, but you might be drifting down another path. But like you said, you haven’t gotten the text yet so I’m sure you’d make as much use of it as you can.

      Other than that, your research seems to tie into one another and, more importantly, ties back into the text. I know there are many articles out there that talk about identity, so you’re definitely joining in on a conversation and have a strong motive.

    • I am interested on how you are focusing on the topic of pleasure to understand identity. I really like your source, Huxley’s Collected Essays. i like the argument in that pleasure that removes agency is a threat to a persons freedom. I think you could somehow relate that back to how much pleasure can make up an identity. I think thats a really good source for your focus on pleasure.

  • This is a really interesting subject upon which much has been written. You may also want to analyze Dracula as an exploration of archetypical patterns that spring from our unconscious. Johnathan Harker’s decent into Transylvania can be seen as a journey into his own shadow deep in his unconscious. Jung calls the shadow that part of ourselves which…[Read more]

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 5 years ago

    The questions that you are trying to address, the inclusion of autistic and other individuals who fall in the neuordivergent category, is a very heated topic in today’s mainstream debate. I think in your research you will find a lot of divergent views on the topics (as we clearly saw when we read reviews on Haddon’s book). You already have a lot…[Read more]

  • ikhan113 wrote a new post, Research Proposal, on the site Mind Over Matter 5 years ago

    I will be working on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a book that depicts a dystopian society set in the future, where people are conditioned from birth through means of hypnopaedic process, classical c […]

    • Like what was discussed during the research session, your topic is something new and is definitely headed somewhere but where it’s direction is going is a bit blurry, for now. All I could think of while reading this what social cognitive theory which has a variety of different aspects to it, maybe some background on that might help.

    • I think you have a great interesting topic. I like your aim in trying to show how identity and selfhood is a historical and cultural creation. You have some very interesting questions that i think

  • Your post was detailed and showed very clearly, the flawed and patronizing way in which male authors use the trope of female characters’ action as the basis for the fall of the protagonist. I felt like Gawain was a more round character, although he does try to absolve himself of his own mistakes. And I found the idea that male character are…[Read more]

  • ikhan113 commented on the page, on the site Thinking Out Loud 5 years ago

    I think it would be interesting to read the poem and what the seasonal changes in it represent. Also I am trying to recall how the pentangle is symbolic of the Christian virtues of chastity, courtesy etc. that Gawain represents. The poem is very structured and its almost like a mathematical equation, with a specific geometric configuration.…[Read more]

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