Christopher Suppa

  • The assigned chapter from Buell’s biography was interesting although a bit elusive. Not quite sure if I really agree or understand his allusions to Ralph Waldo Ellison. I know he means to situate Emerson as a patriarchy of American literary culture but having read the Invisible Man, I don’t quite remember such a connection.  I […]

  • While much of Dickinson’s poetry rather eludes me, I have  a surface understanding of many of them though as criticisms suggest they are dense and full of alternative modes of reading.  What is apparent is some of the transcendental tendencies that Dickinson enacts.  The most obvious were the emphasis and redefinitions of certain words, most […]

  • Whitman’s poems “Full of Life Now” and “To a passing stranger” struck my fancy particularly.  Whitman’s aesthetics, his deep appreciation of the individual and individuals — the body, mind and the person hit me rather pleasingly.  I was struck with a sort of bitter sweet grief while reading “Full of Life Now”.  The brief poem […]

  • While a lot of the Buell readings were marked with a Religiosity that doesn’t appeal to me, the dichotomy that Emerson and Parker arouse between the laws and actions of man, embodied in the Constitution and the ideals of the moral man embodied by the avid religious practitioner are interesting.  It has always been a […]

  • Not quite sure how the argument will go yet but I will be looking at the film THX 1138 in light of transcendentalist philosophy. I will focus on the film’s presentation of the individual, society, religion and nature and how the world of the film reflects Thomas Carlye’s caveat about mechanized society. I will also […]

  • While Thoreau earnestly supports his mode of living with excessive description and rhetoric, there are  notable contradictions in his overall philosophy.  While he espouses this individual sustenance in the woods and describes such life, there is always within the periphery interactions with others.  In solitude he discusses how man should feel no the more lonely […]

  • Occasionally when I see finances in literature, I like to calculate inflation to have a perspective on the numbers being thrown around. I don’t know how accurate these online inflation calculators are but it told me that Walden’s calculations for the house and near first year of living at Walden pond amounted to about $1500. […]

  • I’ll begin with a poetic line from Fuller’s writing ,”Those who till a spot of earth scarcely larger than is wanted for a grave, have deserved that the sun should shine upon its sod till violets answer.”  I found this quote very humbling but I also took it for everything it’s worth in light of […]

  • I found transcendental views on education very intriguing and it aroused many thoughts on the nature of education and experience.  The juxtaposition of Emerson’s essays with the Buell readings worked well in exploring pedagogy and its application.  I found Bronson Alcott’s methods of teaching riveting and was immediately driven to reflect on my own educational […]

  • A particular idea that struck me in these readings were the constraints placed on the individual by the state or institutions.  Orestes Brownson’s piece recognizes the unrestricted power the banks have over all who use its service and is weary of this power.  His caveat rings true in modern times as the lack of regulation […]

  • It seems the major idea that scathed Unitarians in Emerson’s “Divinity School Address” was the notion of a individual strive for religious experience without the guidance of the church/priest and to an extent even “God”. Emerson contends that this reliance is part of an old form of Christianity that predates Jesus even. To Emerson Jesus […]

  • I’m sorry to not be able to quote from the book exactly (stuck at work) but in the Emerson section of the readings, he addresses the aspiration to become a child again; to perceive and experience the world without the filter that the adult in society applies. I’ve come across this idea of becoming the […]

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  • Yeah but what about you’ll sleep when you’re dead. It’s interesting this dichotomy you point out about sleeping and aging. Aging in what sense? Sleeping and dreaming is all well and good but what about living. The computer can’t do anything when it is in sleep mode and all we can do is create bizarre […]

  • Its funny how places in dreams are condensed as to serve to both memories and to create bizarre metaphors. Ask your friend what the relevance of the stepping into a pond is and I am sure it would be hard for him to explain but I am sure there is something there. It’s also interesting […]

  • I’m thankful things worked out how they did because i was originally not going to take this course. I honestly believe that taking this class had a not profound but profound effect on me. Had I taken British Literature II, and read 10 novels of this period I truly believe I might have been a […]

  • It is going to be difficult to fix my paper because I no longer have use of my right hand. I am currently dictating this blog entry to my girlfriend as I was drinking too much soda last night and somehow my wrist got broken. Hopefully I can reformat it as that is the main […]

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