Writing Fellows Blog

I have finally been able to access my blog without it crashing on me, so here’s a bit about my experience with my tutees (?)

A week or so ago, I worked with Rich to do an in class discussion of Amiri Baraka’s “Expressive Language.” I prepared several discussion questions to ask the students about the reading– or at least to guide the discussion in one way or another. Although I was meant to lead the discussion, Rich and I bounced off each other with ideas and discussion. The students, however, were not extremely responsive. They didn’t seem to have read the 4 page paper, and so the discussion was more of us talking at them. It was like pulling teeth. The few students that did add to the discussion, they had good and well thought input. Some students mirrored the more shallow interpretation of the text– most likely only having read the essay once.

As for tutoring sessions and how that is going, I have had one successful tutoring session. We talked about it in class, but I will go over it in brief here.

Adam and Michael came to my tutoring session (I found out later that evening that Michael was asked to go, and Adam asked if he, too, could come get writing help). Michael was the first person I met with for tutoring. The paper was discussing racial stereotypes in the media, as well as the idea of technology terrorism. Michael’s paper was well written and was structured well. He had great analysis and brought in good out-of-text examples to his argument. For example, the paper discussed Princess Hijab, a well known graffiti artist, and Michael incorporated Banksy and discussed his contributions to society. I asked him why he added this outside information, and he told me that he was fascinated by street art. I was really encouraged by this because it meant that he was truly interested in what he was writing. Although his paper was well written, we went over transitions and other ways that he could continue his discussion in his paper. He stated in the beginning of our appointment that he was a bad writer, which was quite the contrary. But at the end of the appointment he said that I was helpful, so wooo.

I tried to upload and it deleted itself when my computer died. Going to go through after class and edit this post. Here are the articles

Evolution, Narcissism, and Maladaptation in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Glendening, John. “Evolution, Narcissism, and Maladaptation in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” American Literary Realism 43.1 (2010): 41-73. Project Muse. Web. 23 Feb. 2015. <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.une.idm.oclc.org/Direct.asp?AccessToken=7DLL3TIB39M5MMIXNDVID9IMRJ53BTLNRT&Show=Object>.

To Die Laughing and to Laugh at Dying: Revisiting The Awakening

Parvulescu, Anca. “To Die Laughing and to Laugh at Dying: Revisiting The Awakening.” New Literary History 36.3 (2005): 477-95. Project Muse. John Hopkins University. Web. 21 Feb. 2015. <http://ejournals.ebsco.com.une.idm.oclc.org/Direct.asp?AccessToken=2311S9F8SEWHMZYZHEHX2MSHHEHF891YA9&Show=Object>.

“Drowned in a Willing Sea”: Freedom and Drowning in Eliot, Chopin, and Drabble

Emmitt, Helen V. “Drowned in a Willing Sea”: Freedom and Drowning in Eliot, Chopin, and Drabble.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 12.2 (1993): 315-332. JSTOR. University of Tulsa. Web. 21 Feb. 2015. http://www.jstor.org/stable/463932?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents.

It seems that, as his character develops at the Heights, Heathcliff becomes a more abusive and intolerable man. Much like “Wuthering,” after Heathcliff returns with money and power, he himself is this violent storm. From the beginning he is portrayed as this menacing man who is unpleasant and puts no thought towards the safety of others, not his tenants nor his family. We assume that he either has had a horrible life and has lost much, or we assume that he is like Darcy and will eventually show a side of his character that is enticing and pleasant. Heathcliff reflects the former of these to options. Let’s take a look at his life; he was orphaned and left for an inordinate amount of time on the streets, he was collected by a fine gentleman and brought to this household where he was considered an “Usurper” and ‘intruder’. Heathcliff was tortured by this family and then is “spurned” by Catherine (Except not really, Heathcliff just didn’t hang around to hear the second part of her conversation), and then she marries another and dies, not having expressed her love for Heathcliff. (this summary is not sympathy for this creep, but more of the outlying factors that could contribute to his curmudgeonly attitude)

 

His increasingly cold (not aloof) and aggressive attitude leads to and

Let’s be Frankly honest….

(did you like that slight pun, y’all?)

Revisiting my first journal, I realize that my approach to the subject and analysis of Emma was quite different from the rest of class, and was also quite sub-par in my opinion. Is it important to focus on the function of context and the idea of marriage portrayal within the books and how it’s associated with status. However, I would be more interested in pursuing the idea of Emma’s delusional character and the possibility of Jane Austen being an unreliable narrator. If we look at Austen’s other books, for example: Pride and Prejudice, we can find several examples of how she is an unreliable narrator– she is influenced/compelled by the character of Elizabeth Bennett with regards to Mr. Darcy’s character. In fact, much of what we know of Mr. Darcy is framed by Elizabeth’s bias, and an extremely small amount of his own voice is presented throughout the story. The same can be said for Emma and the introduction of her friend Harriet. I seek to work more on depicting the way the society is formed around Ms. Woodhouse.