HAMLET O, I die, Horatio!The potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit.I cannot live to hear the news from England.But I do prophesy th’ election lightsOn Fortinbras; he has my dying voice.So tell him, with th’ occurrents, more and less,Which have solicited—the rest is silence.[Dies.]HORATIO Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,And flights of angels sing… Read more Hamlet, Weekly Questions
I wrote a Twitter thread this morning in response to the Jason Porath comic linked above, and I wanted to share it for my weekly reflection. Reading the comic isn’t required for understanding the Twitter thread, but it definitely adds to the context. Both the thread and the comic are meditations on how, especially for… Read more The Revolution requires Self-Care
The title of this post is a deliberate provocation, as the word “medieval” in popular culture often means “backward” or “uncivilized.” It actually just means (for British Literature, at least), “between the years of 1066 and 1485,” or something in that broad ballpark. Question #1: Hoccleve’s “Complaint“ Why is Hoccleve disabled? For even though my… Read more Medieval Models of Disability
I was so tuned into disability and disfigurement in Marie de France’s “Bisclavret” that I wasn’t even looking at perspectives on sexual difference. As such, isabella925’s post jolted my eyes wide open. After he changed, the baron decided to sleep in the king’s bed instead of doing literally anything else. When the king came in… Read more Queer-wolves!
This is a belated reflection that I should have posted last week. I’m really heartened and impressed by the level of conversation, engagement, and critical thought in everyone’s blog posts and comments this week. You’ve been thrown into some deep waters with Beowulf, in an online format, in the midst of a global pandemic and… Read more Reflection for Week #2
Question #1: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” Do monsters really exist? Surely they must, for if they did not, how could we? Classic Readings on Monster Theory : Demonstrare, Volume One, eds. Asa Simon Mittman, Marcus Hensel (54) I’d like to revise Cohen’s above question a bit: not could, but should humans exist… Read more Zombies/Dragons
Question #1 Beowulf, Fitts 0-14, lines 1-960 When Grendel shows up in Beowulf, he’s a rather sympathetic character: Speaking of grudges: out there in the dark, one waited. He listened, holding himself hard to home, but he’d been lonely too long, brotherless, Sludge-stranded. (85-88) Why is Grendel so aggravated in the first place that he… Read more Early medieval lit: Whose home is it?
One way to think about disability in literature is in terms of representation. Do we see ourselves in the stories we read? And what effects does this vision have on us, whether explicit or implicit? For me, that means looking for disabled characters who think differently, speak differently, and interact with others in quirky, diverse… Read more Who would I be? Entrapta!
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Posts for the Second Project will go here. You’re welcome to start working on a Draft for this category (“Second Project”) at any time. Please wait to publish your post until you’d like feedback from me and from others in our class. (Published posts can of course still be edited!)