Speakers for the dead

Today (Last week), Josh, Taylor and I met to discuss our panel for the symposium. Our panel is titled “Falling Snow and the Rising Snow.” The abstract we submitted for our paper is as follows:

” Much like the snow general all over Ireland,” there is no aspect of Irish literature that can escape an Identity crisis. In looking at Joyce’s novella through the lenses of oral literature, a patriarchal society, and an introspection into “The opposite.” This panel seeks to answer the Irish Question in the context of identity, culture, and interpersonal relationships.”

Taylor will be focusing on the imperial nature of identity (It’s a cultural thing) and the idea of patriarchy as an aspect of imperialism, or in root of imperialism (or is it vice versa???). Taylor will approach this topic by focusing on how Gabriel is effected by the presence of patriarchy in the Irish society. Towards the end of his essay, Taylor seeks to lean towards stating that Gabriel should choose a side and change his ideals. We will start with Taylor, as he will give an overview into culture and how it can effect the characters before Josh and I break down the ideas of culture and tradition.

Josh is looking at the identity and how characters do or do not experience identity crisis. He claims that identity crises are not exactly a crisis (hold on, he’s explaining…. it’s complicated)
” opposites work together to create a unifying identity…. my goal is not to better understand the opposition, by goal is to look at ways opposites work together… it’s meaningless to work in binary… ┬ámore productive as unified…. by looking at the opposites of the continent and ireland, protestant and catholic…..irish, you’re irish. you don’t have to be a nationalist to be irish… ” Josh does something and he talks about stuff… we’re not really sure at this point.

Halie, that’s me!, is writing about the function of orature in culture and within the story by looking at outside literature. By using examples of African/Native orature and Afghan women’s orature, I will claim that, while the primary purpose of Afghan orature is to address social/cultural concerns, and African/Native orature’s original function is traditional transferrence, the function of ballads/orature situated in the dead is a combination of these two functions– essentially, joyce’s “The Dead” is both a cultural criticism and a method through which cultural ideals and norms are passed down. This gets complicated, however, because we have the dimensions of joyce’s intent and the song’s intent– which are we looking at.

quick note: what is the statement made by the idea that the women sing the irish song– every other culture paper you’re looking at includes women as the influence of culture…

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