Note-Taking for Joyce (Jessica)

November 13, 2009 by jessicasee · Comments Off · Uncategorized

We had two presentations yesterday; we talked about language in Joyce as a tool of re-appropriation. The result of re-appropriating the English language, through deconstruction (and taking quotes out of context as Michelle mentioned) is to create an artist’s ownership of it. Most importantly, this ownership (as painted/achieved by the artist) belongs to the artist […]

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Subjectiveness and Irony in Joyce

November 5, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Portrait is an interesting text because it melds together both English “empire” (in Ireland), and the idea of a Bildungsroman. What I like most about this is the fact that it is so subjective. First, the title of the text betrays that it is only “a” portrait (as opposed to being “the” portrait for example). […]

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Modernism and Woolf- Creation of “the Real”

October 29, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Honestly, when i read the first 3 pages of Woolf I thought the entire thing was going to be insufferably boring- but I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting. I really liked his writing style (the Modernist tendency if that is what you want to call it) because it really draws on […]

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Binaries, Power and Imperialism

October 22, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In Stoler’s discussion of the ways in which power is manifested and created in Empire, she identifies how the assertion of dominance is linked to ideas of gender binaries and sex. She identifies for us the different “roles” and images of figures in the colonial discourse; namely, the white colonial ruler bursting with “good health, […]

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Burmese Days- Early Dystopia, Death Eaters and Alienation

October 15, 2009 by jessicasee · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

When reading Stoler’s article, I was immediately struck by her chapter on the European anxiety that the “wealth and cultivation” of “persons of mixed descent” were “rivaling those of many ‘full blooded’ Europeans” (Stoler 528). This view of inequality reminded me instantly of the Harry Potter books- after all, what is Voldemort undertaking but some […]

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Lord Jim and Modernism

September 16, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’ve always had a kind of sketchy view on what “high Modernism” really means, but in reading Conrad’s Jim, I think I might be starting to understand the shift to Modernist aesthetics. What struck me most was the fact that Conrad seeks not only to debunk the idea of glorifying and romanticising sea stories, but […]

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Achebe’s Heart of Anger and the Ethics of Re-Appropriation

September 9, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

When I read Achebe’s essay, I was struck by his strong desire to make us (Westerners, colonizers, outsiders) view Africa as something other than commodity, colony and “the other” foreign land/culture. As a fan of Things Fall Apart,  I am interested in what fellow colonial/postcolonial writers have to say about each others’ works, but I […]

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The Discourse of Violence

September 2, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I thought of blogging about this because it is related to my part in the presentation tomorrow, but since we have limited time to give our parts, here are some more interesting points I picked up when reading Fanon that I won’t cover in my presentation. Fanon talks a lot about the undeniable violence wrecked […]

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Treatment of the Marabar Caves in Forster

August 25, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · Passage to India

Forster provides us with amazing descriptions of landscape in his novel. India is seen through various representations- the Himalayas, the Ganges, Chandrapore, holy spaces, and the Marabar caves. Yet, there is undeniable ambivalence when it comes to his depiction of the Marabar caves. For example, Forster calls ‘the visitor’ of the caves ‘uncertain whether he […]

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“Alice to the Lighthouse”

August 20, 2009 by jessicasee · 1 Comment · General Thoughts on Modernism

There is a book by Juliet Dusinberre called Alice to the Lighthouse that I find very interesting. She talks about the idea of the ‘irreverent generation’ that is first glimpsed in 19th century writing and then honed up by authors like Virginia Woolf. In my opinion, the ‘irreverent generation’ that is revealed during Modernism occurs […]

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