Krystal Dillon

  • I presented on Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain. Derek Walcott was a St. Lucian poet, playwright, and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Although, I did a genre based presentation, there were […]

  • I decided to break this up by the three categories on the exam.


    For the genre section I am prepared to write about four texts. I decided to break these texts up into two groups of two given that the […]

  • I decided to break this up by the three categories on the exam.


    For the genre section I am prepared to write about four texts. I decided to break these texts up into two groups of two given that the […]

  • I hope that the following is helpful for everyone in studying for the exam. I have listed below the theorists mentioned in the Parker section on Postcolonialism and Race Studies with a brief overview of their […]

  • After reading my feedback from Professor Tougaw and my writing group I realized that I have three major areas to work on in revising my essay.

    Thesis- I need to make clear to the reader what exactly my thesis […]

    • Hey! I think you have a really good checklist here and it’s very doable. Your thesis– from the last time i saw it– needed to be a bit clearer because it sort of changes throughout the paper. I thought your stance was clear, actually, but maybe it’s because I’m using what you’ve told me about your paper as a mode of understanding your stance. Your conclusion does need a tab bit of work but only because your intro was so good so you have a standard to live up to haha! Overall really good list.

    • I agree with Tracy. I think the main thing is differentiating yourself from the other critics. It’s tricky because you basically agree with them, but you have a slightly different explanation for the gender stereotypes in the novel. It will be important to make the lines between you and the critics really clear.

      It occurs to me that one angle you could make more of is the idea Invisible Man is important and relevant despite the gender stereotypes. How? Why? How can we interpret it in ways that acknowledge its significance and those stereotypes?

  • Last week, I presented on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Given that we have read the book in class, I will skip the synopsis part of the presentation. I chose to showcase how one can do a theory based analysis of […]

  • Heyyyyyyyyy,
    So, I think you have a bunch of really interesting questions! I especially like the question of how violence (or the threat of violence) can be used to suppress the psychological connection of the twins. However, there were a lot of questions to me that I didn’t see the connection between. You have done the research, so I think its j…[Read more]

  • I don’t really know what feedback I can give you, because it seems that you are narrowing down your research focus. The sources you mentioned seem really interesting and pertinent to the conversation you are trying to insert yourself into.

    I noticed in your comment that you said you can’t find any reviews of the book that aren’t critical. This…[Read more]

  • Benjamin, Shanna Greene. “There’s Something about Mary: Female Wisdom and the Folk  Presence in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man”. Meridians 12.1 (2014): 121-48.

    I will not be using this article extensive […]

    • What feedback do I give here? LOL. Your sources seem to fit your idea of what you want to talk about perfectly. Your sources all have to do with the depiction of women in general in the book…only cause you mentioned it in your proposal…would it help to find a source that deals with radicalized gender in the novel? I don’t know if a source like that exists or not, but it might be worth the looking… hope this helps !

  • I think that as a general field of inquiry you have identified your aims well. From what I understand, you intend to research how racism works as a learned process (not innate) and how the two books you mentioned as primary sources, portray the effects of racism psychologically? I think that maybe through finding more secondary sources you can…[Read more]

  • Upon reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, I could not help but notice the lack of women in the novel. In a novel which satirically highlights the way in which race can render a person invisible, it is i […]

    • Hey,
      So I really like the idea you’re working with here. Your focus is gender in the novel, but do you think its worth looking at a secondary source to see if race has anything to do with that portrayal of women? I’m working on Coats and his book is male dominated as well, I haven’t found any material to answer the question of “why” are there no important women in the book, but I’m searching. Also if you want to talk about race, gender, sexuality and class would it help to possible use another primary source that deals with one of all of these? It was kind of hard for me to get my thoughts and ideas in order when just looking at one text cause it seemed overbearing and exhaustive, but when I thought about two book in correspondence with one another it became a little easier. I mean you’re a lot smarter than I am so you can probably do this easily but just a suggestion! Good luck !

  • It is interesting to see the ways sexuality plays a role in Sir Gawain. I wondered, because this was my first time reading the text whether or not the kisses he exchanges with Bertilak problematized the heteronormative views of sexuality of the time. Given the text’s success, I wondered the justifications for these scenes not disrupting the…[Read more]

  • This is the first time I have read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and I can already see the problematic ways this text deals with women. Maybe it is the fact that I am currently reading some of James Joyce’s w […]

    • 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 completely bereft of agencies in these kind of situation to be quite thought provoking. You are right. Nobody forced Samson to spill his secret to Delilah. And certainly nobody forced Gawain on this adventure. So his self-defense of himself does seem a bit hypocritical.

    • Hey Krystal! I always enjoy reading your blog posts. I like how your title caught my attention because I could just imagine you yelling that at him. I appreciate how you bring light to a female’s role in this text. I also like how you refer back to the Adam and Eve to build upon your argument. I didn’t really read it the way you did, so I like this new lens that I’m now able to read this poem through. Thanks for sharing!

    • So I’m most interested in the point you made, “I have heard, relentlessly, of the trope that a woman caused the destruction of man kind.” This is a point that I’m glad you brought up. I’m also glad that you mentioned the whole Adam and Eve thing. I think this trope stems from the Bible and the story of Adam and Eve itself. The story is basically that Eve was the one that couldn’t resist temptation from the devil and then Adam from Eve…but after reading Paradise Lost my perspective on this whole scenario changed….it’s a lot to explain and super complicated but it’s really interesting to help support your claims here. Also, it was Gawain’s choice to not say that he got the girdle to begin with. It’s interesting how it’s not a crime to receive something (if you’re a man) but it’s a crime to even be offered something if you’re a woman doing the offering. I think there’s a lotttt that goes into this trope, such as woman being witches, woman being adulterous–like we get ourselves pregnant– and much more…thoughts?

  • I dont know if the repetitive phrase of “I would prefer not to” is necessarily an indication of depression. It seems to me to be just what it is, a statement of preference. Just like we analysed the ways in which Tito exercised his preference (preferring the large mirror over the handheld one, or buttoned shirts as opposed to t-shirts) Bartleby’s…[Read more]

  • I don’t know if it is our job or even necessary to diagnose our characters. I agree, I don’t think that labelling Christopher or Bartleby does anything productive. However, I do think that our true area of inquiry should lie in how we think about those who do label these protagonists as Other. I think it would be more beneficial to analyze for…[Read more]

  • Murray’s reading of Bartleby the Scrivener centers around autism represented as difference. I think that we can read Melville’s story just as we read the categorization of those with autism in the world outside t […]

    • Hey, Krystal. Great post. I can definitely see the binary and how it will remain if we keep using the term ‘neuro-typical’. The narrator can definitely be seen as the ‘neuro-typical’ and using the “outside-in” perspective as said in the Savarese, Zunshine article (p.23).

      As far as your question goes, until scientific research finds more, I think it says more about ‘neuro-typicals’ and our judgments against those who aren’t “normal.” Like Murray says, “the disabled are talked about a lot but rarely conversed with” (p.60).

    • Hi Krystal! You make a very convincing argument for something that I was pretty sure I was vehemently against. I can see what you’re saying about Murray on Bartleby, though. He is dangerous because he challenges what is expected. He is a luminal character who sort of belongs in both worlds.
      The fact that I just said “both worlds” is an issue, as Brandon pointed out. How are we supposed to strive for a place of peace and neuro-friendly if we insist on calling things one or the other? I know a number of people with neurologic disorders who don’t identify as “other” or different. These markers are very personal, and shoving a label on someone is sometimes damaging.
      Amethyst Schaber speaks of “passing” for neuro-normal. I mean, even listening to her talk about this made me sad. Why should she have to pass? What is it that she is passing as? Zunshine points out that some neuro-typical people do things that most cannot, just as people with ASD and other form of neurodiversity vary. Why can’t we have people like Bartleby in our society? Why did Bartleby have to die? Is our society not ready to accept anything but this binary? I think that I’m Melville’s time, Bartleby could not have survived. Perhaps we are almost ready for a Bartleby in our society. Be well, and rock on, guys!

    • Hey Krystal! I like how you evidently read this text as autism, and how that is portrayed as difference. When I initially read this book, can’t recall if I was in high school or a freshman in college, but I read it as something completely different. The instructor at the time discussed the significance of this text as it speaks to individualism, choice, etc. Never would I have ever even considering that Melville’s work is about autism.. Thanks for sharing!

  • I enjoyed hearing your insight but to some extent I disagree. Haddon is not required to get everything right about Asperger’s, but he also should be held accountable for the many things he does wrong. He paints a picture of those with autism spectrum disorder as violent, and with no empathy –things that are representationally false. I share…[Read more]

  • I really loved your post, I was trying to work through the same issues in my blog as well. I read in one of the reviews that Haddon believed that imagination trumps accuracy as far as his novel is concerned. I believe that authors do have creative license over their works, and that the burden of educating the masses, as you say, does not fall on…[Read more]

  • Sooooooooo, this will be a bit of a rant, my first one so far! I had my own issues with  Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time, before reading the reviews, but I am glad that I was not alone in my […]

    • Hi, Krystal! First of all, I love the passion that is coming through in your post. I can actually hear your voice articulating your argument. Great job! And you’re right. Like you wrote on my post, we have similar ideas. I think you definitely lean more to one side while I was less sure of myself, however. But I really like your argument. One of the reviewers even wrote that Christopher’s severity of autism legitimately cannot exist. You wrote: “I think that the issue lies in this idea that Haddon some how cracked the code on Asperger’s syndrome!” I completely agree with this. There is no “code” for neurodivergence– hence, the spectrum. Haddon literally cannot create a character that “sums up” autism, which some reviewers seemed to say. Christopher, although he definitely had difficulty, travelled to another city, dealt with abuse and family drama, and cares for a pet, to start. Exactly as you wrote: “[Haddon] clearly condescends to Christopher by portraying him in ways that show he is illogical and unable to function in society.” In summary, your post made me much more fired up about this issue. Awesome work!

  • I agree, and I also utilised Gaipa’s 8th strategy to interpret the piece. He offers a new perspective to understanding those who stories are often told through the point of view of the observer. Mukhopadhyay brings the personal and the individual back into a conversation about the overall community (those on the autism spectrum). He offers a new…[Read more]

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