• Reading any biographical information on Sui Sin Far (there is a good brief one in note 1 of the article I’m using), it would be fairly easy to make a connection between Far’s memoir-essay and Homi Bhabha’s theor […]

  • “Slow violence” is the idea that violence (particularly environmental damage and the poor disproportionately hurt by this damage) which builds up incrementally is easier to ignore due to temporal diffusion. In the […]

  • I’m posting this very late, but here’s my part of the group presentation. These are definitions for the main terms that Bhabha uses. Some of them are similar or overlap with each other.


    (cultural) hybr […]

  • I like the last variation, Are You Thinking What I’m Feeling?
    Or The Phenomenology of World Building.

  • commented on the page, on the site Mind Over Matter 4 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks for finding the Landa article on “A Modest Proposal”. I wanted a historical source and it sounds like a good one that summarizes a lot of other work for us.

    I want to find something similar for Bartleby and possibly group 3 shared it in their theory presentation (Abbott, I think). Though I wanted to focus on the economic, which it sounds…[Read more]

  • I tried to list them in the order of the safest first because we discussed most of them in class, moving down to the ones I like more, but still need some work. The ones with asterisks are the ones that I […]

  • Things to Add:

    – add a paragraph as a critical summary of the novel (focused more on the novel)
    – add one more paragraph focused more on the critical sources I’ll cite specifically
    – add a paragraph about all […]

    • Hey! I really like your first dash! I think I’m going to incorporate something similar to my essay now that I read yours. I think it’s a really good idea. Overall you have a good list from the last draft that I’ve seen. I think your paper will turn out amazingly!

    • This is a great list. I think it make sense to start with the organizing. It will be easier to work with the various parts of the essay if you have the structure more or less down.

      I think you can be confident with your sources. I think the only thing missing is an acknowledgment of a history of literary criticism focused on postcolonial questions in Roy’s novel. But I don’t think this needs to be lengthy.

  • I think you have a good idea of what you’re interested in, but that it will need to be more narrowly defined for this project. Especially because of how you mentioned being worried about everything on this topic having been discussed already. I also have a wide topic and I worry about spending too much of the paper giving historical context and…[Read more]

  • I’m late with posting my research proposal so I kept the descriptions of my secondary sources in the annotated bibliography.

    My primary text is the novel The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy. The book s […]

    • SO, for the proposal I think you picked an awesome book to write about. Would it help to possible think about how other factors of the book may make our judgment of the incest so horrible? Yeah I know everyones gonna say “incest is incest and its bad anywhere” blah blah blah…BUT I think the fact that the incest took place in an Indian family had a MAJOR impact on the book itself while reading it…at least for me. In Indian cultures, families are like super super super close. but the whole idea of incest is like BAD even more so for their culture. Maybe you could formulate a question dealing with their specific culture and how that effects the reading? As far as sources maybe you could try to find something that explains the caste system in depth since the book has a lot to do with that and caste kinda does play a specific role in the incest as well. Hope this helps!

    • 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 just me not understanding it correctly. I am not quite sure about how you intend to make the connection between the threat of violence for the characters and violence against nature. I haven’t read the book, so maybe there are allusions to violence against nature in it? I also am not sure how the incest is linked to the idea of violence (also because I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how helpful I am being). Is it that the potential violence towards the characters becomes an allegory for the violence against nature? So I guess my only question is how do you intend to make a connection between these three elements (the incest, the self-surveillance (panopticon thing) which is engendered by the threat of violence, and the violence against nature?

  • I chose Woods’ article because I was interested in the stark contrasts between nature and the courtly settings in the poem. I felt a lot of the points he made were apparent when I read the poem, but I had a […]

    • This was really interesting. I wrote about Gawain and his divergence from the typical hero that does everything right and “gets the girl” at the end, so your idea that Gawain was doing even more new things is pleasantly surprising. To us, the poem may sound old and blend in with everything else knight-related, but it really does stand out for important reasons. Like you wrote, “this struggle for moral perfection is a somewhat aimless journey afforded to few.” This relates to the article that I read, which talked about how the Gawain poet was trying to show that becoming an ideal knight was nowhere near as easy as previous stories had made it seem. This “moral perfection” is really difficult– more like impossible– to achieve, and the Gawain poet uses his poem (and Gawain’s realistic imperfection and normal-ness) to tell us that. Great post!

    • Hi Sumaria! I like how you use your selected article to begin thinking about how literature such as the one we are reading is responsible for the dissemination and maintenance of many normative ideas. It is also interesting to note the struggle between an instinctive way of being and a more rational existence. I can see where the text uses Gawain as an example of instinct, whereas, Bertilak serves as the rational and reasonable being.

  • I agree with you that I can’t convince myself to fully side with Olear. I understand his anger that Haddon didn’t do any research, even if it is fiction, because it is still written in a realistic style. It seems the least he could have done was look up a few examples of Aspergers or Autism before writing a novel revolving around it. Or even any…[Read more]

  • commented on the page, on the site Mind Over Matter 5 years, 1 month ago

    I didn’t really concentrate of whether Chris changed or not, but I feel like I have to agree with Olear when he said the book felt like a gimmick, with an especially weak last act. The book ends with Chris announcing he knows he can do more than he expected, because he left his home, took this trip by himself, etc. It reads like an afterthought…[Read more]

  • All of the critics seem to touch on the topic of Haddon’s responsibility as an author depending on the intended audience. Both Bartmess and Olear are assuming the majority of the readership will be neurotypical r […]

    • It is understandable that autism can be a personal topic for people who know or have a family member who is autistic. In case of Olear, he has a son who is diagnosed with autism. It may be that Olear doesn’t like Chistopher’s character, or it may be because he is afraid that this kind of representation would only perpetuate stereotype about autistic individual that are already so prevalent in the popular culture. Due to the novel’s widespread success, this question, that whether Christopher is an accurate representation of autistic individual is a valid one becomes significant. If the book is presented to the public as a novel about autistic teenagers then I think it is fair to analyze Christopher’s character and what his image would do to the public psyche.

    • I totally agree with your post!
      I also think that Olear & Bartmess have an idea of what Asperger’s is based on what they’ve personally experienced. But it’s important to note that this disorder files under Autism Spectrum Disorder. That means there’s a scale in which people are measured, and they can be in different areas on that scale. Some people with Asperger’s can be high functioning, but who can say that all others are the same? Obviously, that simply isn’t true. Christopher can be an example of someone who’s placed on the low functioning side of the scale of ASD.
      Also, these reviewers are worried that many will feed into the stereotype that they believe Haddon perpetuates, but personally speaking, this hasn’t changed my views of ASD at all. I know enough about it to know that not everyone with ASD is the same way as Christopher’s character. It just reminds me that everyone suffering from ASD is different. Great post!

  • Murray, particularly in chapter four, seems to be using the dropping out strategy from Gaipa’s list. He spends half of the chapter outlining how fiction writers are reinforcing the fears about an “epidemic of aut […]

    • I really liked your response and your analysis! I agree with you that Murray uses the strategy of dropping out in his essay. You make good points to back up your arguments on why that is the chosen strategy. I really liked how you highlighted the flaw Murray pointed out in your second paragraph. I feel that is a great example of dropping out.

    • I love your approach to this paper! For someone who made such a big deal about the “lost adults”, Murray offered very little in the way of new research. I wonder how nice of a method this is. It feels a bit like dirty campaigning to me. I understand that writing isn’t about niceness, but at the same time, if you don’t have anything to add, is there any reason to actually say anything? I guess my question is: does Murray add anything to the conversation by bringing up the fact that nobody addresses adults with autism?

    • Hi Sumaria! Your post is very interesting. Your use of Gaipa’s strategy of dropping out to interpret Murry’s analysis of Mukhopadhyay is quite thought provoking. I had considered the function of sentimentality as a big part of Murry’s argument but I did not consider that he does not disagree with necessary hopefulness that this kind of narrative evokes. I also like your use of “subjectivity” because it shows how Murray redefines Mukhopadhyay as an individual rather than an object to be scrutinized. Thanks for the insight!

  • commented on the page, on the site Mind Over Matter 5 years, 1 month ago

    You made a lot of good points, but I like the connection with the surreal the most because I completely missed it. I also was concerned with the psychological trauma of racism, but I didn’t consider that only the shocking or revolting language talks about it openly. In a way then I’d have to consider that Laurel is the most damaged person in the…[Read more]

  • Sorry, i meant racialization, not radicalization. Autocorrect decided that’s not a real word…

  • I’m having a little trouble following like Brandon, but maybe because I’m not comfortable with where I think it’s leading. I’m confused if you’re trying to imply that we’d be more or less sympathetic towards a white, middle class man committing incest, and whether that would change if we considered that Trueblood’s poverty and lack of heat is wh…[Read more]

  • I took Charlie to represent everything that went unanswered about race, for Charlotte in particular, so he became the elephant in the room throughout the novel. It could partly explain why most of the class f […]

  • Benito Cereno, Herman Melville

    The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

    In Another Place, Not Here, Dionne Brand

    Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury.
    Or almost any of his short stories like “The Veldt,” “The Exiles,” or “Once More, Legato” (a few I can think of that might relate to this class)

  • commented on the page, on the site My Head Hertz 5 years, 2 months ago

    I like how you considered the possibly of the eye wasn’t literal and it was a literary technique to reference the pineal gland and how that’s often associated with a place deep in our consciousness. My question though would be why can’t it be both literal and figurative? It seems even though the procedure wasn’t surgical, it was intended to cause…[Read more]

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