Monthly Archives: November 2010

subversive vs. coopted fantasy

our discussion on monday emphasized the subversive and liberating function of fantasy (eg. how keats’s embrace of an illicit, corrupted version of Homer undermines the authority of a literary establishment invested in distinction of the canonical Homer); but we also … Continue reading

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burkean gravity/platonic impregnation

“In the summer of 1978, when he was 9 years old and growing up in the Marcy housing projects in Brooklyn, Shawn Carter — a k a Jay-Z — saw a circle of people gathered around a kid named Slate, … Continue reading

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that bob dylan song

Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying Pointed threats, they bluff with … Continue reading

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nov. 29

Symposium If you can read the whole thing, great.  If not:  be sure to read Socrates’s speech (198b to the end) and the short introductory dialogue; if you have time for one more dialogue then read Aristophanes’s.  Here are some … Continue reading

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sublimity of consciousness

…I no more wrote than read that book which is The self I am, half-hidden as it is From one and all who see within a kiss The lounging formless blackness of an abyss. How could I think the brief … Continue reading

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nov. 22

Sartre 1.  Explain Sartre’s distinction between revealing (e.g. perceiving, reading, conjecturing) and producing (e.g. creating, writing, projecting).  Sartre says that a creative writer – as opposed to say “a carpenter or potter working according to traditional patterns” – can’t look … Continue reading

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now i’m just free associating

but if you haven’t seen this you must.  I think it figures sublimity in a number of different ways at once:  there’s Benjamin’s eternal now, the momentary release from normal time, there’s the sublimity of the spectacle (of the Lyciusian … Continue reading

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sublime lincecum

I was just reading something about world series winning pitcher tim lincecum and came across this verse which is a variation of the theme of the longinus quote on our syllabus: The speed of light Is a vision That looks … Continue reading

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nov. 15

The Searchers 1.  The Searchers revolves around the question articulated by its very first word:  who is Ethan? Ethan’s apparent aim is defending or establishing a home in inhospitable circumstances.  But this aim is complicated in two ways: First, Ethan’s … Continue reading

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poetic exuberance/surfer interview win!

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