• I focused on the historical context of “The Mark on the Wall,” as a text responding to trauma and WWI.  This story revolves around a mark that the speaker takes note of on a wall and is fixated upon throughout […]

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Cave’s book is an overview of cognitive literary theory, which applies theories of cognitive science to interpreting literature.  According to Cave, “philosophers and experimental psychologists…might find that […]

  • wrote a new post, Exam Ideas, on the site Reading Minds 4 years, 8 months ago


    I want to write about narration in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I haven’t quite figured out my angle here, but I’m really fascinated by the presence of the narrator in the novel, and how thi […]

    • Wow, you’re really organized about this. I really like the Oscar Wao/Fun Home idea because they both deal with 1) interesting narrations and 2) coming of age/identity stories. However, I think you sound most comfortable with Slaughterhouse-five so maybe you should just stick with that. I think you could connect Incidents of a Slave Girl and “The Tell-Tale Heart” using the idea that both characters have some sort of repression that drives them-Poe’s character falls into insanity and Jacobs uses writing as an outlet. So, I guess maybe “The Yellow Wallpaper” might be a better connection for that. Either way, you have really strong ideas.

    • 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 your explanation, so I wouldn’t second guess that option. As for Tell Tale Heart and Incidents of a Slave Girl, I think you could also compare some of the atrocities committed onto the slave population in Incidents with the manner in which the murder takes place in Tell Tale. His anxiety then could be linked to anxiety of the occurrences of atrocities at that time. Not sure if this makes sense or works, but perhaps you could draw better connections out of it. Hope this helps.

  • For my presentation, I focused on its medium (or genre) as a graphic novel and how that works to generate various readings of the text.  I spoke briefly about two texts that can be used as a primer to comics […]

  • wrote a new post, To Do List, on the site Reading Minds 4 years, 9 months ago

    The main things I need to do for my essay are to delete my current introduction and add a new one, and add a few more examples. In the draft that was just due, I had two disjointed parts, so I decided to delete […]

  • Before winter break, I had received a lot of feedback from my writing group and knew I had a lot of work to do going forward.  My essay was really disjointed and even I was having trouble following what I was […]

    • I’m excited to see what you’ve produced over the break. I think your paper has evolved and will continue to evolve throughout your process. You mention that your opinion makes a lot more sense now. I think it might be helpful if you spelled out your opinion because ultimately that will be your thesis. I know your topic is vast but just as Van Gogh proclaimed himself the master of sunflowers I think you will soon proclaim yourself the master of this thesis. I mean, your not actually as cool as Vincent. But you can still write an okay thesis. Good luck. (Seriously though, you’re on a good path).

  • commented on the page, on the site Beautiful Mind 4 years, 11 months ago

    I’m actually finding the same thing difficult as you are–analyzing film and TV. I’m so used to analyzing language that subconsciously and through classes I’ve learned how to develop a vocabulary for close reading and analysis of texts. I did take one media studies-type class in which I learned a bit about camera angle and stuff like that which…[Read more]

  • commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hey Lisa,

    Sorry this comment is so late, but I did want to offer my opinion on your questions. I think ultimately it probably won’t be helpful to bring in your own opinion or to ask other people because it doesn’t really prove anything. If you’re trying to argue that autistic people can give us insight into the animal mind, how is your…[Read more]

  • wrote a new post, Progress So Far, on the site Reading Minds 4 years, 11 months ago

    I had written a lot, but then, due to my need for perfection, I deleted it all and, as of yesterday, was at a grand total of half a paragraph. So I think going forward, my biggest challenge is going to be to stop […]

    • Hey Sara! Great to know that you’ve progressed a little beyond 70 words. I think the best thing for you to keep in mind is that this is just a draft. So, despite your OCD tendencies, which I can relate to, try to be rational and keep at it. You typically have very interesting and intelligent things to say so I’m sure you’ll be fine. Just type whatever comes to your mind, even if it is not so pertinent to the current direction of your argument, because it may prove to be useful later on.

    • 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 those OCD tendencies, getting the whole thing down first I think is the biggest obstacle. There can always be more added, edited etc.

      I find that if I’m piggybacking, and several of my sources are voicing the same thing at the same time, it’s not only helpful to move the paper along, but it’s a bit of a reassurance, like they’re almost saying “yeah dude, you know what you’re doing, keep going.” (I have no idea what I’m doing)

  • commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hey Lisa! So, I do have a few questions about your topic before I start offering suggestions. My primary source of confusion is your overall focus. You mostly bring in sources on individuals with autism and their relationships with animals, but then you say that you don’t want to exclusively focus on autistics and want to write more about animal…[Read more]

  • commented on the page, on the site Beautiful Mind 4 years, 11 months ago

    First of all, your ballroom diagram is super cool and is making me feel bad about my lame stick-figure diagram. But anyway. Based on your annotated bibliography, it seems like you have two overarching threads running through your essay. One is about drugs being used for brain enhancement, and the second is about physical representations of…[Read more]

  • Badmington, Neil. “From Difference to Differance.” Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within. Psychology Press, 2004.

    This chapter uses Derridean deconstruction to unravel the binary of human/alien. Bad […]

    • The foundation of your project seems to be about existentialism and lines between reality and animation. You make the right motivating moves of knowledge on the topic being limited and we learn about a larger phenomenon by studying this smaller one. Your sources are primarily scholarly, scientific sources, but have you thought of incorporating ideas from philosophers? It may not be necessary but, I figured since you’re looking at the existential crises of animated characters, you could look at what some philosophers have to say. Immanuel Kant’s book, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, discusses what constitutes as being a moral human. This has nothing to do with animation, but could possibly help assessing the predicament your main characters. Baudrillard’s idea that reality does not exist seems pretty central to your project because it also forces humans into the same situation of questioning their humanness and reality as your primary animated characters. I think stylistically, you could put each topic that you plan to explore under sub headings. Your idea is really great and I look forward to seeing the finished product.

  • commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 5 years ago

    I agree with Chani and Asheka–this seems like a really cool topic that you can really explore. I guess one thing I would say is to consider the results of your findings. You’re probably doing this but just didn’t write it in your proposal, so I thought I’d mention it. What I mean by that is that once you’ve managed to establish some sort of…[Read more]

  • commented on the page, on the site Beautiful Mind 5 years ago

    I haven’t seen Limitless, so I could be wrong in my assumption, but wouldn’t you say that another thread that connects the two shows is genre, specifically that of hard boiled/detective? It may be interesting to consider the ways in which genre lends itself to a certain representation of consciousness. Also, I think it’s quite interesting that…[Read more]

  • wrote a new post, Research Proposal, on the site Reading Minds 5 years ago

    I’m planning to explore two topics in relation to each other: animation and posthumanism. I’m interested in exploring the creation of sentience in animation and how this works to deconstruct (or fails to dec […]

    • Hi Sara! I really enjoyed reading your proposal, it allowed me to begin thinking more about the way in which animation impacts our reality. You ask some very important questions. I think it would be good to note that the different traditions of animation that you wish to discuss, have origins in different cultures. Japan is most notable for being one of the first counties to have developed robotics and their anime reflects this theme. Also, the animations from the West seem to follow a post-impressionist art concept and it would be interesting for you to analyze and investigate the form in which your primary sources are disseminated. I can tell that you are passionate about the subject and I look forward to learning more.

  • commented on the page, on the site Kelly's Writing 5 years ago

    Your post also made me think about the relationship between the color green and nature and the idea of rebirth and the cycle of life. I’m not sure if this is actually significant at all, but maybe it’s an answer to the questions that Gawain struggles with at the end. Maybe he can leave behind the stifling courtly life and be free in nature. Rather…[Read more]

  • commented on the page, on the site Mind Over Matter 5 years ago

    I also think related to this is the way the poem ends. Gawain flinchingly submits to the Green Knight and because of this is not able to emerge as chivalrous and brace, which are knightly traits that assert masculinity.

  • W. A. Davenport writes in “The Hero and His Adventure” that “the poet’s choice of a literary form with a well-defined tradition could be assumed to arouse certain expectations in his audience; it is the poet’s […]

    • replied 5 years ago

      I like the Davenport line that you quoted stating that Gawain, “create[s] a figure who eventually seems to possess character and not just characteristics.” Gawain’s idiosyncrasies and deviations from the traditional Arthurian legend create a work that pushes the boundaries of Medieval literature. Challenging tropes like romance, chivalry, and honor makes for an interesting and exciting read.

    • I do agree with you that the derivations of the poem is what made much more interesting to read. I want to ask the same questions, if that was an intended route the author take in trying to challenge the genre or was it just something to try out.

    • I was also drawn to the comparison of Gawain to Don Quixote. Both are flawed heroes, powerfully focused upon their own intended outcome — which was at odds with the conventional wisdom of their time. I suppose I am also affected by my recent reading of “The Buried Giant,” where Gawain figures in, but not as the strong, vital knight, but as an old man chasing dreams of the past. Gawain is such a vital part of Arthurian legend, he must (I would think) be uncomfortable anywhere out of it.

  • commented on the page, on the site Kelly's Writing 5 years ago

    I actually kind of disagree with Michells and Zahava. I don’t think that the narrator judges everyone through a lens that castigated “weird” people as Other. Just consider the fact that his original two assistants, Turkey and Nipper, are also pretty strange and do things that don’t seem to mesh with reality quite well and are otherwise…[Read more]

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