For anyone interested, I have included the PDF download of my presentation from last week.  If you are unable to download the PDF, let me know; thank you.

    Tipping Point Presentation











  • Introduction For Much Ado About Nothing , it is perhaps too easy to write off as comic relief the romance between Benedick and Beatrice.  After all, in a play where a marriage is derailed by accusations of infidelity, followed by the trauma of Hero’s ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’, there is a demand for levity.  However, the humor between Benedick […]

  • While re-reading Bernstein’s piece, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between the text and what we learned this semester. Two things, in particular, stood out to me. One, there was the idea of rhythm, or lack thereof, in contemporary poetry. Bernstein discusses how, while poetry on paper needs a specified and consistent meter in […]

  • I found the essay by Hayles to be rather interesting. As someone who is a very-amateur DJ and has remixed music before, I admit I never really gave much thought to the actual medium as I have to the music. The idea that a recording is both constant and changing is baffling at first glance, […]

  • The Question In my thesis I will be exploring any possible connections between Ulysses’s Molly Bloom and James Joyce’s companion (and later wife) Nora Barnacle.  Specifically, I will be examining Molly’s famous soliloquy in the “Penelope” episode and its influences in Nora’s tenuous relationship with Joyce.  As well as examining the real-life roots of the text, I […]

  • I admittedly had a tricky time understanding Debord, but I felt that the best way I could sum him up was with his maxim no. 9 “in a world that really has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood” (Debord, 14). I felt that given the context – the idea that […]

  • Bowling, Lawrence Edward. “What is the Stream of Consciousness Technique?.” PMLA 65.4 (1950): 333-345. Web. 9 Sep 2010. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/459641&gt;. A look at how stream-of-consciousness is used as a literary device to convey meaning.  This can be useful in comprehending why Joyce used this technique at such a pivotal point in the story and whether or not he hid […]

  • It goes without saying that James Joyce’s Ulysses is considered – if not one of the greatest novels in the English language – than certainly one of the most difficult ones.  Not only must the reader contend with translating several different languages in the text, but they must also sift through the layers of wordplay as well […]

  • While reading through the articles and watching the video clips, I noticed that there are a lot of connections drawn between the theatre and the church. Turner mentions in “From Ritual” about the beginnings of drama in Western civilization, and how the Catholic Church’s rituals – such as the Eucharist and the Easter mass – […]

  • In hopes of learning more about voice in literary criticism, I had turned to some of my own sources.  First, I had consulted Heather Cook Callow’s “”Marion of the Bountiful Bosoms”: Molly Bloom and the Nightmare of History.”  I had initially chosen this article during my thesis research because it delves into the idea of […]

  • In regards to what Nick asks about our everyday speech being a constant performance, I would have to say – within the context of the readings – yes. We see the affirmation of this being in “Till Derrida do us part”; in the text, Derrida is said as being against the idea of distinguishing jest […]

  • My thesis will explore the connections between Molly Bloom in Ulysses and James Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle.  Specifically, I will examine Molly’s famous soliloquy in the “Penelope” episode and its influences from the Joyces’ tumultuous relationship.  As well as looking at the real-life roots of the text, I will also look into what Joyce hoped to achieve […]

  • While going through the recordings, I was intrigued by how much of modern hip-hop culture I read into the poetry performances. It becomes blatantly obvious that this school of poetry served as a proto-rap culture in a way, not just with the inclusion of music accompaniment, but also the emergence of themes such as class […]

  • jaygwelsh commented on the blog post 10/7 Rhythm & Beats 9 years ago

    I believe it was Robert Frost who said something to the effect that writing poetry without structure was like “playing tennis without a net.” And although I’m generally defensive for modern poetry and its insistence on thinking outside of the box, I’ve always found myself hard-pressed to appreciate the beat poets. That’s not to say […]

  • I have made a bit of progress since last week on my bibliography.  As mentioned before, I am writing my thesis on the parallels between Molly Bloom’s soliloquy in Ulysses and James Joyce marital issues with his wife, Nora Barnacle, in 1909; also, I’m discussing whether Molly is intended as a literary repentance for their crisis. […]

  • jaygwelsh commented on the blog post Schedule for meetings 9 years ago

    I am available to meet at 8:15 on any of those days.

  • jaygwelsh commented on the blog post 9/30 Sound as Poetry 9 years ago

    In regards to what Sarah was asking – concerning whether to label the pieces as song or poetry – I think they’re both sides of the same coin (permission to dust off an old cliché). After all, music and poetry both share similar – if not identical – techniques for grabbing an audience. Both make […]

  • For my thesis, I will be looking at the role at James Joyce and how the “Penelope” episode in Ulysses was influenced by marital troubles with his wife Nora Barnacle in 1909.  The thesis will examine the parallels between the text and reality.  Also, I will advance the discussion further by seeing if Joyce intended the free-flowing […]

  • jaygwelsh commented on the blog post 9/23 Orality & Literacy 9 years ago

    In response to what Professor Frost mentioned earlier about the constrictions that formulas place on creative freedom, I would agree on the example of a sonnet (although this in turn can be easily applied to any other poetry form as well). A sonnet not only has a line limitation – fourteen lines – but also […]

  • How, exactly, does our understanding of a long-gone art like the Shakespearian play evolve over time?  It would be hard to pin the blame on Shakespeare; after all, the Bard’s plays have been static and relatively-free of revision since his death.  Instead, this change in understanding must begin with us.  This paper will follow the fifty-year […]

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