Entries Tagged as 'Rebekah Yeo'

Note-taking for week 13

November 14, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In the first presentation, we attempted to define nationalism in general and determine which sort of nationalism it is which Stephen advocates. The presenters defined nationalism as “the assertion by members of a group of autonomy and self-government for the group’s solidarity and brotherhood in the homeland, and of its own history and culture, seeing […]

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Modernism- representation or symptom?

November 4, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Here’s a quote that really got me thinking and from which i started working towards for my presentation tomorrow : “The experience of modernity is fostered by the rise of the modern city, and works of modernism do not so much convey this experience as they betray the strain of surviving it and detail their […]

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Performing a Sahib

October 29, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

When reading Leonard Woolf’s growing, what stood out especially was the performance element of the sahib as a stock character which everyone is required to play in the same way against the backdrop of imperialism in order to qualify as a good fellow. Mundane things like a game of tennis followed by the routine conversation […]

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Women as a symbol for the Empire

October 21, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In Burmese days, Flory and Dr Verswami referred directly to the British Empire as “an aged female patient” (37), worn and weary from the physical afflictions which she has to bear. This vision of the empire is comic and apt because the Empire does have many illnesses, albeit not of a physical but moral nature. One […]

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The demands of carrying a gun

October 7, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Whilst I was reading the article by Chatterjee,  what struck me most was that Smith said that the natives “crave for a government by a person to whom they can render royal homage”.  Reflecting upon it, it seems almost as though the Indians, with their rigid caste system and rules which were thought to be not based on […]

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The gaze that kills the butterfly

October 1, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

As I was reading Wallace’s article about his observations of the Dyaks, it struck me as very odd that he would include their moral characters as part of his observations of them. It seems almost as though he fails to realize that as the observer,  his interaction with the Dyaks might contribute somewhat to the […]

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Guilt and the production of discourse

September 16, 2009 by rebekahyeo · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In Lord Jim, the character Jim seems unable to admit that he made a decision to jump at the very last minute and does not take responsibility for his actions despite appearing to confess his crime to the narrator by telling his supposedly true version of the events.  Each time he appears to admit to […]

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The British Empire- a problematic construct of self and identity

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

Whilst I was reading through the article by Levine and trying to see how this is related to the other reading on “The Brown Stocking”, it struck me that one common theme explored is the desire to define and pin down something precise, by a pre-existing structure, or method of ordering.

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