James Marone

  • Below is the material from the presentation on Incidents. I also added a couple of quotes from Maruice Halbwachs (for the collective memory theory) and Michel Foucault (for the bit on the panopticon). […]

  • Hey guys, so I presented on an overview of Parker’s chapter on reader response crit and the possible ways we could draw parallels with Cave’s ideas. In case you don’t have the handout, it’s posted below:

    Basic […]

  • Memory/Legacy impacting identity

  • That’s good to know, I’m just worried about having to use a multitude of texts… The whole 9 text thing worries me to no end. While the graph is super useful, I also like the color coding thing you’ve done. Colors are pretty fun and it also lends way to you color coding your postits and such so that you can visually see the links between the…[Read more]

  • James Marone commented on the post, Exam Ideas, on the site Reading Minds 1 month ago

    Hey Sara, you’re very organized with this so I don’t think I can provide you with much. Oscar Wao definitely seems like something you should go with, given how modular it is and seems like you’re very comfortable with that text. I agree with Zahava when she says you sound most comfortable pairing it with Slaughterhouse. You wrote the most there in…[Read more]

  • This is what I have so far and really just wanted to get it posted already. It’s far from finished, but at least I’m starting to draw some connections. I feel like some may be a little weak depending on how well I […]

    • Hey! I really like how well organized your thoughts are. I really should join the you and Cahani and start writing mine as a google doc. I think you have a lot of good, strong ideas. I think you lay a lot of groundwork for the secondary material that you now have to find. I wouldn’t worry about filling the boxes. Quality over quantity, y’know? Like, it’s better to find really good sources than to make sure you have something to say for each text in ALL 3 topics. Maybe Focus on having 1-2 boxes filled as well as the flex box. I think now you just need to work on pulling up some research and you’ll be good! Good luck!

    • That’s good to know, I’m just worried about having to use a multitude of texts… The whole 9 text thing worries me to no end. While the graph is super useful, I also like the color coding thing you’ve done. Colors are pretty fun and it also lends way to you color coding your postits and such so that you can visually see the links between the books and passages day of. (are we allowed to do that? lol) Anyhow, thanks, I feel slightly better and feel like I know which direction to go in now.

    • Hey! I agree with Zahava-this is really organized. I noticed that for “The Yellow Wallpaper,” you wrote for genre that it’s a memoir, when it’s a fictional story. So just be careful about that. I would also say that you may want to be slightly more flexible when it comes to theory. As of now, it seems that the only theory you have is about memory. I would be open to exploring texts through other theoretical lenses, just in case.

  • Wow, apologies for the delay in posting this. I could have sworn I did. My brain is just a hot mess lately. So below is the material I went over in my presentation for The Buried Giant. Keep in mind, since I’ve […]

  • To my dismay, I have a lot of work to do. The following is a list of what I think I need to do next:

    – Find the point in my paper that departs into space and a completely different topic
    – Remove that half of […]

    • I don’t think you need all that much more on the history of collective memory–maybge e one or two theorists who build on Halbwachs’s ideas. He has been very influential.

      I would add something to the list: More orienting on the novel itself and what it’s doing with memory in relation to Ishiguro’s other novels and what they do with memory. This can be short, but the context will be important.

  • Oh my goodness. The idea of deleting everything gives me anxiety. I’m sure you’ve come a long way now and I think as I’ve said on other’s posts, that everyone was pretty much at a point where we just needed to write, to just put it all down on paper and worry about polishing it later on. You’re absolutely brilliant though, so if you can overcome…[Read more]

  • The feedback I received was pretty uniform across the board considering I didn’t have much to show due to changing my thesis slightly. However, after taking the advice to change up the thesis and following through […]

    • I’m excited to find out what your new sources are–and what those subsections will be. I’m glad to hear the process is getting easier.

    • James! I’m really excited to see what you’ve written. I’m really happy you were able to rpgoress past your initial roadblocks and produce something that you’re more comfortable with. Your topic sounds interesting and I’m sure you were able to keep a lot of your old sources, which was probably helpful. I’m glad that you have found a topic that still interests you but is not a giant undertaking that would end up stressing you out more.I think organizing your paper in subsections is a smart move and will keep everything organized.

  • Science fiction tells us that the center of the human identity is survival. Much of science fiction depicts an escape from dangers to human survival. Does science fiction then suggest that to be human, we must […]

    • Hey, James! To start, I’m not really sure what your intro means “to survive we must escape?” What do we have to escape? I’m also curious how you’re using the film adaptation- will you be showing differences or similarities between the two works? You’re addressing a lot of huge questions, be careful not to go too far down the rabbit hole and stay focused on your topic. Your primary sources are really interesting and your secondary sources provide strong support but they seem to be niche topics. I think you might need some more sources, it might even be interesting to look at some war works, even though they’re not science fiction they give an interesting outlook into people’s desire to survive (someone recently recommended one to me, I haven’t read it but it looks good- if you want I can ask him about it). I think you should start writing some of your ideas out and then maybe analyze the results and see how you can dissect those thoughts and create topics out of them. Best of luck!

    • Hi James! I think I get your veritable brain-hurricane from last week a bit! The whole premise of sci-if is escapism, in a sense. It’s sort of what fiction is about in general. I’m not sure if this is making any sense, but I can try! I am glad that you’re going for Damasio, but would personally be a bit nervous to use such a writer as the foundation writer for my project. I personally find him to be a bit intimidating, but you seem to be doing well! As Zahava stated, more sources would probably benefit your point, but I understand trying to just get everything figured out, before you start with the bells and whistles.
      I sent you a text with a possible source, and have another source that might be useful. It’s the introduction to a sci-if book, which talks about what this author feels classifies science fiction. It’s not that sci-if is predictive, rather, it’s like an extended thought experiment. If this sounds interesting at all, let me know, and I’ll lend you my book! I think you have some interesting thoughts on science fiction and survival, and can’t wait for you to tease this out a little more! I’m not acquainted with your main text, but you obviously trust it. Again, I hope that you’ll consider my crazy idea of fiction as escapism as a parallel of sorts for a moment, but my reasons are mostly selfish. I really want to see what you do with this! Good luck, and check out my annotated bibliography! We sci-fi people have to stick together! Be well!

    • First I just wanna say that I love The Martian (the movie, haven’t had a chance to read the book) so I got all excited when I saw that you’ll be using it for your paper! Your topic is very interesting (and super deep), so I’m excited to see what becomes of it once you start working on your paper! I think that Damasio is great to start with as a secondary source since it seems to be focused on human identity and the discussion of survival. I agree with the girls that you should definitely look into a few more sources that will help you flesh out your paper. More sources will also help you figure out what you’d really like to argue and will help you get a better feel for the things you’d like to include as you write. I need to find more sources too, so I’m right there in the middle of the struggle with you too 🙂 I’m also interested to know what your possible motives will be, and which of Gaipa’s strategies you think you’ll be using for your secondary sources. I think figuring out which ones you’ll be using for each of your sources will be very helpful in figuring out what kind of conversations you want to incorporate in your paper.
      I’m looking forward to reading your paper! (Especially since I’m a big fan of one of your sources :D) Good luck with everything James!

  • 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…[Read more]

  • As a forewarning, I have seemed to take the approach of working backwards by identifying a topic I would like to write about and trying to find texts and sources to support that topic. At first I did not know […]

    • Hey, James! I really enjoyed hearing about your proposal in class today. I think your topic deals a lot with memory and identity tied into one another and that might be an interesting segue from your scifi texts to The Buried Giant. I think it would be cool to analyze some of the horror behind apocalyptic worlds and the bible would definitely be a good source. If you choose to go down the path of human existence, I think you might consider looking into Existentialism- I think that might apply to your texts, and it’s a cool topic. Good luck with your research!

  • The ideas concerning the liturgical calendar are interesting and eye opening. Rereading with the liturgical calendar in mind, it puts time spent in a better perspective, especially when it uses it as a reference or way to measure time. It only makes sense since the Papacy was such a strong influence at the time of Arthurian legends. Knowing what…[Read more]

  • Like others that may have already mentioned, I too have had multiple courtships with SGGK. During this read, I could not shake the idea of the hunt, which may have come from previous analyzing. The hunt was just […]

  • You are definitely onto something here, so don’t doubt yourself! I too had the term neurotypical banging around as well as the action of comparison as you describe. It would seem that this is the standard by which people do judge others. Although many of us may not be fully aware that we do this, it surfaces more frequently than we think. Any of…[Read more]

  • After blogging myself, I came and was delighted to see your comment about introspection, but a different idea on how it relates to mind reading. The mind itself being observable is an interesting thought, while I clung to the traditional ideas of mind reading that Zunshine seems to describe by interpreting behavior and responses based on the…[Read more]

  • Savarese and Zunshine come across the topic of “mind reading” which they describe as “the evolved cognitive adaptation that prompts us to explain observable behavior as caused by unobservable mental states, such […]

  • I agree with you wholeheartedly as I’m sure most will when you say we don’t have to relate to a character to appreciate a good narrative. However, there will always be some small aspects of a narrative that some can relate to. It will happen in different degrees, but I think when there is less to relate to, people start to think that there is…[Read more]

  • James Marone commented on the post, Why Poverty?, on the site Kelly's Writing 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Kelly this post is just full of good objective reasoning! I certainly agree that this book cannot be criticized based upon the disorder we may believe that Chris has. The fact that Olear seems to bring in his own presumptions about Chris shows how easy it is to prematurely assign labels to people or people to labels. I liked that you also used…[Read more]

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