• Heller’s novel brings us to what seems to be the other end of the spectrum- gossip as reaction or as justification; countergossip. Barbara starts her writings in an attempt to define or better “explain” the goings on between her close friend and a student, a scenario reprehensible to the outside world. Her commentary ultimately defines […]

  • Students tend to have a bit of a fixation on teachers’ private lives. Apologies for the aphorism, but it just seems to be the case. Last week, we saw a young girl manipulating imagined notions of her instructors’ personal lives in order to get her way (at least in the short term). This week, we […]

  • *Disclaimer- this promises to be a rather long and incoherent posting, if only because I was amazed to find Lillian Hellman was not a vapid, self-aggrandizing tabloid writer as Chuck Palahniuk, who may very well fit that description himself soon, suggested. I apologize in advance. There was something incredibly eerie about reading this play while […]

  • 1) I found the motive portion of the draft extremely helpful. From an ascholastic point of view, it was probably good for me to examine why certain topics and texts intrigued me, rather than saying “I just like them”. In addition, the motive helped and continues to help me consider what I eventually want to […]

  • The most striking difference between the gossip about Hester and that of our other heroines and victims (Lady Windermere and her mother, Desdemona, Emma, Sansay, etc) is that there is the distinct marking of religious fervor in the discussion of adultery. This seems to be a uniquely American phenomena, one that even Sansay is shielded […]

  • Finch and Bowen depict a narrator that is condescendingly attuned to the nature of thought in Highbury. The two address gossip as a source of power and autonomy for Emma and the other women, wherein free indirect discourse deflects masculine thought by voicing it, often ironically. Bowen’s assumption of the narrator as female fascinates me […]

  • In terms of Dillon’s article on Sansay, these are three questions she may have asked herself- 1) Why is Sansay’s tone and diction at times so coquettish, flippant, or downright girly in discussing a topic as masculine and gritty as the Hatiian Revolution? 2) How does the epistle, both as a form of writing and […]

  • The narrator at the beginning portion of Sansay’s Secret History is, for sure, a perfect example of narrator as gossip-monger. Her motives, however, seem to be distinct from those in Wilde, Shakespeare, Defoe, and Chaucer. Iago sought power (or, perhaps, was just a force of incorruptible evil), Wilde’s gentry seek status and amusement, Defoe’s narrator […]

  • I’ve recently been subjected to all of the movies in the Resident Evil series, as well as a good chunk of the first season of The Walking Dead (certain people in my life really, really, really enjoy zombie films.) So it comes as no surprise that Defoe’s narrative sounds a bit familiar. Add this to the fact […]

  • The definition of “gossip” ends up being pivotal in Lady Windermere’s Fan. The society ladies and the menfolk spend a good portion of the play debating the meanings of “good”, “bad”, “ proper”, and “charming” without ever really doing anything beyond gossip. In Act III, Cecil’s definitions of “gossip”, “history”, and “scandal” all offer both […]

  • Rumor is presented initially as this body of speech and power, this force that can manipulate the rabble. However, arguably throughout Shakespeare’s histories, gossip and rumor most often manipulate the royalty or the elite. The simplest example in Henry IV is when Hal’s misguided belief that his father has died leads him to take the […]

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  • lisamaher commented on the blog post Sewer Frogs 9 years, 6 months ago

    LisaMarie Maher Professor Weir English 301W 8 February 2011 The theater exists between streets that are in a proximity to St. Mark’s Place. It lives amidst shops that sell espresso to “artists” and “students” and people who do not own homes. Its edifice is covered in what we may assume to be grime, smog, or […]

  • I respect anyone who can make their title an allusion to Strangelove. That being said, you have some valid points about cannons. At some point, everything was revolutionary and then kind of faded. It’s a sometimes tedious debate. I guess the only frame of reference that’s similar for me is a reading I went to […]

  • I liked your thoughts on what “great” is. I think, though, that part of the point of these classes is to get us thinking about what is “great” and who gets to define it. In some cases, it is a school’s administration or a canonical source. I think, though, in more instances it is the […]

  • lisamaher commented on the blog post Negocios 9 years, 8 months ago

    I really liked your entry. I don’t know if I agree that it’s a “rags to riches” story, but I did like that Diaz was completely real about the situation surrounding his father and the people he encountered. I found the portion where Papi gets scammed entirely heartbreaking, but I didn’t feel bad enough to […]

  • I really enjoyed your entry. I found the “How to” to be easily my favorite as well. I liked how you went through certain pointers Diaz gives. As an aside, I laughed out loud at your North Babylon section (I grew up in West Islip, so lines about North Babylon and Brentwood were frequent in […]

  • I really loved your entry. I also found Diaz’ admittance to sexual assault really surprising and, oddly enough, refreshing. I found it really brave for him to allow his narrator to be emasculated as well as confused over his feelings of Beto’s actions. The part about the book always haunts me.

    Great entry!

  • I think you touched on something really crucial here about everyone in the Compton family being mentally unbalanced in someway. I also really liked your comment about Caddy’s wedding day; it hadn’t struck me, but that’s a really interesting idea about it raining when she was to be wed. You seem to be reading the […]

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