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Throwback Thursday: Performative Existence: Using Kundera’s Taxonomy of Looks To Examine Character Motivation and Nature

Performative Existence: Using Kundera’s Taxonomy of Looks To Examine Character Motivation and Nature In his 1984 philosophical novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera gives an explanation of four categories of people. These categories are separated by the “kind of look [they] wish to live under.” This so-called taxonomy of looks is as follows: “We… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Performative Existence: Using Kundera’s Taxonomy of Looks To Examine Character Motivation and Nature

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Throwback Thursday: Adapt or Fail: On Movie Adaptations

Adapt or Fail: On Movie Adaptations Film adaptation of novels is an increasingly common practice. For her part, Virginia Woolf was vocally against the practice of adaptation. She referred to cinema as a “parasite” and literature as the “prey.” This sense of the biological could be seen in another light however. Adaptation is the key… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Adapt or Fail: On Movie Adaptations

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Throwback Thursday: The Virgin Suicides: On Controlling The Narrative

The Virgin Suicides: On Controlling The Narrative The Virgin Suicides (2000), directed by Sofia Coppola, begs the question: who is in control of the narrative of the five Lisbon sisters? The boys who recount the story of their deaths? Their parents, particularly their mother, who is increasingly overbearing after Cecelia’s death? The girls themselves, through… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Virgin Suicides: On Controlling The Narrative

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Throwback Thursday: “May You Find Your Way As Pleasant”: Captain Pike’s Disability and Cure in Star Trek’s “The Menagerie”

“May You Find Your Way As Pleasant”: Captain Pike’s Disability and Cure in Star Trek’s “The Menagerie” The Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) episode “The Menagerie” (1966), a two-part episode, reintroduces viewers to the character of Captain Christopher Pike, who had not been featured since his debut in the original pilot episode “The Cage”. It… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: “May You Find Your Way As Pleasant”: Captain Pike’s Disability and Cure in Star Trek’s “The Menagerie”

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Throwback Thursday: Urbanization and Medicine in Mid-18th to Mid-19th Century Britain

Throwback Thursday, where, essentially I post old writing samples, essays and short stories that I dig up from my pile of hoarded papers and school assignments or from the depths of my computer. So everyone can see how my writing has changed/improved over the years. Urbanization and Medicine in Mid-18th to Mid-19th Century Britain This… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Urbanization and Medicine in Mid-18th to Mid-19th Century Britain

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Throwback Thursday: All About Ageism: The Interplay of Sexism and Ageism in All About Eve

All About Ageism: The Interplay of  Sexism and Ageism in All About Eve Abstract: The film All About Eve (1950) follows aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) as she idolizes, and attempts to usurp, aging actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Margo is pressured into conformity of traditional femininity through marriage and homemaking when she begins… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: All About Ageism: The Interplay of Sexism and Ageism in All About Eve

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Throwback Thursday: The Barrier to Translating Faith in “Jesus Shaves” by David Sedaris

The Barrier to Translating Faith in “Jesus Shaves” by David Sedaris The main reason the students in “Jesus Shaves” by David Sedaris have trouble explaining the concept of Easter to a Moroccan classmate in their shared French class seems to be that none of them have enough French vocabulary to explain the concept. While the… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Barrier to Translating Faith in “Jesus Shaves” by David Sedaris

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Throwback Thursday: “This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin As A Nursery Rhyme

“This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin As A Nursery Rhyme The poem “This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin offers, at its surface, a cynical view of the world, where the only way to escape the perpetuation of cycles of pain and misery is to simply stop trying for the good things, like having… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: “This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin As A Nursery Rhyme

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Throwback Thursday: Contextualizing Anna Barbould’s “On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation in 1792” Using Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man”

Contextualizing Anna Barbould’s “On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation in 1792” Using Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man”  Rise mighty nation! in thy strength,  And deal thy dreadful vengeance round; (Barbould 1-2) Begins Anna Lætitia Barbauld’s 1793 poem, “On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation in 1792." Barbould’s poem is… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Contextualizing Anna Barbould’s “On the Expected General Rising of the French Nation in 1792” Using Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man”

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Throwback Thursday: The Visibility of Disability in Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth by Henny Beaumont

Many disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, are visible disabilities, and as such, can be apparent from appearance alone, often from an initial meeting.  In the graphic memoir Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth by Henny Beaumont, the appearance of the titular Beth, and thus the conveyed visibility, or at least the stigmatization of the… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Visibility of Disability in Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth by Henny Beaumont