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Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek's "New" Comparative Literature as BOTH Theory and Method

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Proto-Utopia and Plato's _The Republic_

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Campbell's *Return with the Elixir* Stage of the Monomyth

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Campbell's *Resurrection* Stage of the Monomyth


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Campbell's *The Road Back* Stage of the Monomyth


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Campbell's *Reward (Boon)* Stage of the Monomyth


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Campbell's *[Central / Supreme] Ordeal* Stage of the Monomyth


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Campbell's *Approach to the Inmost Cave* Stage of the Monomyth


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Campbell's *Tests, Allies, and Enemies* Stage of the Monomyth

October 29, 2014


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The Departure Phase (Act I) of the Hero's Journey

October 22, 2014


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Campbell's *Belly of the Whale* Stage of the Monomyth

October 10, 2014


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The Third Agon of Plato's _Symposium_: Agathon and Socrates

September 30, 2014

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The Second Agon of Plato's _Symposium_: Eryximachus and Aristophanes

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Campbell's *Crossing the [First] Threshold* Stage of the Monomyth, as Explained by Christopher Vogler

September 18, 2014


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Campbell's *The Meeting with the Mentor* Stage of the Monomyth, as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Joseph Campbell's *Supernatural Aid* Stage of the Monomythic Journey


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Campbell's *The Refusal of the Call* Stage of the Monomyth, as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *The Call to Adventure* Stage of the Monomyth, as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *The Ordinary World* Stage of the Monomyth, as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *Trickster Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *Ally Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *Shadow Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *Shapeshifter Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler

September 17, 2014


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Campbell's *Herald Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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Campbell's *Guardian Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler

September 11, 2014


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Campbell's *Mentor Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler

September 10, 2014


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Campbell's *Hero Archetype,* as Explained by Christopher Vogler


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The Neurotic Mind: Psychoanalytical Criticism

March 26, 2013


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Unearthing Satrapi's Own Story in her "City of the Persians"

March 02, 2013

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Have You Been Living Under a Rock?--Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave'

January 22, 2013


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Conflict on the Road with Langston Hughes

January 20, 2013


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about TONE/Mood (Including Irony)"

January 18, 2013


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Writing about the Use/Misuse/Non-use of the Core Values in Narrative

January 17, 2013


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Writing about Epiphany and Turning Points in Narratives


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about Symbolism and Allegory: Keys to Extended Meaning"


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about an Idea or Theme (Meanings/Messages)"


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about Setting (in Literature)"


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about Plot and Structure"


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about Point of View"


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Edgar V. Roberts' “Writing about Character: The People in Literature"

January 15, 2013


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Bird-Watching in Jerzy Kosinski's Controversial Novel

January 05, 2013


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Bisecting Beowulf: Dividing What You've Seen and What You've Read



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Buzzing about William Golding's _Lord of the Flies_

November 15, 2012


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What's So 'Great' About Fitzgerald's _Gatsby_?

August 03, 2012


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Economic/SocioPolitical Lens: Marxism

March 25, 2012



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Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

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When Context > Text & Reader: New Historicism (Cultural Materialism) / Cultural Studies

March 06, 2012


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Habib, M.A.R. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. ISBN:0-631-23200-1.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

[These are our four primary course texts on theory. The Rivkin and Ryan anthology contains your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use the articles from the anthology (and any others I publish for you on our course libguides page) as your primary sources for your final mock conference papers].

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Playing with Contradictions in the System: Deconstruction

February 26, 2012


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Habib, M.A.R. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. ISBN:0-631-23200-1.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

Fry, Paul H. Theory of Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. ISBN: 9780300180831


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Fencing the Drama of August Wilson

February 22, 2012


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Love Crimes in George Orwell's _Nineteen Eighty-Four_

February 19, 2012

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Systems Overload: Structuralism

February 17, 2012

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Habib, M.A.R. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. ISBN:0-631-23200-1.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

Fry, Paul H. Theory of Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. ISBN: 9780300180831


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Rankin/Bass's Adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's _The Hobbit_

February 13, 2012


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The Hobbit. Dirs. Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. Perf. Orson Bean, John Huston, et al. Rankin/Bass, 1977. DVD.

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When the READER is > the Text or the Author: Reader-Response and Reception Theory

February 11, 2012


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Habib, M.A.R. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. ISBN:0-631-23200-1.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

[These are our four primary course texts on theory. The Rivkin and Ryan anthology contains your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use the articles from the anthology (and any others I publish for you on our course libguides page) as your primary sources for your final mock conference papers].

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Weighing-in on Milan Kundera's _The Unbearable Lightness of Being_

February 02, 2012


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Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. 1984. New York: Harper Perennial, 2008. ISBN: 0061686697.

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When the TEXT Itself is > the Reader & the Author: Russian Formalism & New Criticism

February 01, 2012


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Habib, M.A.R. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. ISBN:0-631-23200-1.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.

Fry, Paul H. Theory of Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. ISBN: 9780300180831

[These are our primary course texts on theory. The Rivkin and Ryan anthology contains your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use the articles from the anthology (and any others I publish for you on our course libguides page) as your primary sources for your final mock conference papers].

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Psycho-Structuralist/Mythological Theories - Crossing the Threshold Into the Monomyth, a.k.a., 'The Hero's Journey'

January 30, 2012


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Socio-Political Lens: Gender Identity / Feminism


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Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.
[This is your textbook about critical theory as applied to literature].

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.
[This is your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use these as your primary sources for your papers].

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.
[Recommended but not required--Very easy to read! Please order this from Interlibrary Loan in our Library if the price is too hefty].


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Political/Ethnicity-Specific Theories


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Political/Ethnicity-Specific Theories: (African American / Native American / Asian American / Latino/a, etc.)

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.
[This is your textbook about critical theory as applied to literature].

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.
[This is your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use these as your primary sources for your papers].

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.
[Recommended but not required--Very easy to read! Please order this from Interlibrary Loan in our Library if the price is too hefty].

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Subversion from the Subaltern: A Look at Postcolonial Theory and Literature


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Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN: 0415974100.
[This is your textbook about critical theory as applied to literature].

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004. ISBN: 1405106964.
[This is your collection of primary sources about literary theory as written by the pioneers and theorists who helped develop them. Use these as your primary sources for your papers].

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. 5th ed. New York: Pearson, 2008. ISBN: 032144907X.
[Recommended but not required--Very easy to read! Please order this from Interlibrary Loan in our Library if the price is too hefty].


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Literary Criticsm - Conflicts of Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Race, and Class


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Applying Literary Theory - Undergrads Give it a Try


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Literary Criticism - Theming Inequality in Literature


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ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel

April 16, 2011


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Shameless Plug:

Coming this Fall to a Saint Leo University Main Campus Near You (if you are in Saint Leo, FL):

The Full Blurb:

Shifts at the end of the previous century broke down many elitist barriers that divided high and low-brow forms of art and, in pop-culture, transformed “funny papers” and “comic books” into “graphic narratives” and “sequential art.” ENG 300 ST: The Graphic Novel is a special topics survey course designed to . . .

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Aping Humanity on Pierre Boulle's Alternative Planet

November 01, 2009


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Why is Star Trek Significant to Contemporary American Pop-Culture?

April 08, 2009

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Recently, because I teach a Science-fiction literature course, I was asked by the public relations department of Saint Leo University to provide some commentary for Ted Anthony, a noted Associated Press journalist writing a news story on the upcoming Star Trek film and why Star Trek, as a pop-culture phenomenon, seems to resonate on an almost folkloric level with certain elements of American society. I was happy to oblige but I had to admit that it was a solid question and one that would warrant some reflection first. Since its debut, Gene Roddenberry’s famous series from the 1960s has certainly proven influential in many ways. For example, concepts from this speculative fiction about Earth’s distant future have found their way into the English vernacular and in technological innovations.

Even those who have never watched a single episode may be familiar with . . .

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Dawid Sierakowiak's Journals - Dissecting Non-Fiction with the Tools for Analyzing Fiction

March 24, 2009


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24 March 2009

ENG 340 Students,

Re: the class activity we did (in groups) at our last meeting, please summarize your points about the elements of structure (in about a paragraph), according to Edgar V. Roberts, in the non-fiction text of The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak below. . .

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Symbolism in Christina Rossetti’s Echo: Human’s Sixth Sense

February 28, 2009


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From Katie Ganning:

The death of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences people go through in their life. What makes it the most difficult to cope with is the fact we can no longer speak with them face to face. In Christina Rossetti’s poem, Echo, she explains through her dream that she has lost her lover many years ago and her only way of seeing him is through her dreams. In this poem, the author uses her dreams as the contextual symbolism of communication.

According to . . .

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Loving to Fool with Sam Shepard's _Fool for Love_

February 04, 2009


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Shepard, Sam. Fool for Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill. San Francisco: City Lights, 2001. ISBN: 0872861503

ENG 122 & 435 Students . . .

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Framing James Joyce's _A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man_

January 25, 2009


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Joyce, James A. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. 1916. Ed. R. B. Kershner. 2nd ed. New York: Bedford, 2005. ISBN: 0312408110

ENG 435 Students,

Below you will find . . .

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Victor Fleming's _The Wizard of Oz_ (1939) and the Critical Lens: Students Respond

January 21, 2009


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The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming. Perf. Judy Garland. MGM, 1939.

ENG 435 Students,

As directed in class . . .

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Fairy Tales: Where Have They Come From, Where Have They Gone?

October 08, 2008


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8 October 2008

ENG 225 Students,

Per our discussion in class today about Western Metaphysics, dualisms, and false dichotomies in our literature, . . .

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Peer Review Practice - Responding to a Close Reading Response

February 09, 2007


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For today's homework assignment:

To each “Original” Writer of the Close Reading from our last meeting's assignment: Submit two things to the English-Blog by Monday . . .

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When Words Signify Something Other Than What You Meant Them To

October 27, 2006


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When deciding on a name, such as a company for example, there is a thing called "the embarrassment factor" as was explained to me once by a professor. For example, my university needs to change its mascot and, since this is a former coal mining area, once considered the "Indiana Miners." However, since this institution already has a reputation as party school that it is trying desperately to reverse, the homonym "minors" is what comes to the ear first (for some) thus upping the embarrassment factor.

These similar gems were sent to me recently by e-mail. I do NOT know the original source of them at this time (if you know, leave a comment please and I'll give credit where credit is due). They are NOT sites with intentionally vulgar-sounding names, but it seems to come off that way when you read their name as a one-word web addy. If you are easily offended by the English language then don't click continue. Otherwise . . .

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Discussing Truth: Is There a Factual Definition?

April 21, 2006

Hello Everyone,

This month there has been a lot of discussion about the concept of "truth." Do you recall the film Dekalog 8 by Krzystof Kieślowski? It had everything to do with telling "the truth," remember? So did the documentary Strongwoman. Several of you, I might add, expressed that you did not believe Justyna's testimony (which seemed to horrify Maria Z. who, in fact, did!)

In our last exercise we looked at Henry Adams's (1838-1948) admonition to learn as the prime directive. In other words, the ability to learn or the process of learning, above all, is the most important thing of all since it gives a person "enough" to get by in life. If we take this statement for granted, are we then to assume that we should be learning "truthful" things? Would Adams sound nearly as clever if he told us to go out and fill our heads with "untruths"? It seems important, then, if we are to learn let it not be wasted on lies and propaganda (useless data) but on knowledge that we somehow know to be true . . .

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Is Knowing How to Learn Enough? Debating Life's Necessities

April 19, 2006

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“They know enough who know how to learn.” ~ Henry Adams (1838-1918)

Adams seems to have it all sorted out. How about you? Can you concur with this bit of pragmatic philosophy or is there more to know than this?

I originally gave my students a choice between . . .

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Collisions over Social Issues in the Film "Crash"

March 20, 2006

Dear Convention-Defying Instructors,

When hurtful stereotypes and ignorant prejudices collide, a major accident is bound to ensue. Mao once said, "without destruction there can be no construction." I interpret this to mean that in order to construct (or re-construct), a positive deconstruction is sometimes necessary first . Crash is layered enough to do that and much more. If you have a class of top-level English students that seem open to receiving pop-cultural topics for writing and discussion subject-matter, you might have some success with this piece.

The film itself is a full two hours long and it took two complete class periods to show this film in its entirety to my class. Should you decide to screen this film, your students should be forewarned: It's certainly violent, graphic and has something to offend almost everyone. But, at the same time, some really important social issues are first toyed with and then brought to the surface. The narrative results in an amazing chain-reaction of hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Does hate fuel the uninformed and misguided opinions or do uninformed and misguided opinions inform the hate? In the third class period, I conducted a . . .

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When English Teaching Promotes Cultural Imperialism

December 23, 2005

"I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land." - Mark Twain, A Pen Warmed Up in Hell.

Strong words indeed from such an overly-identified and stereotypical "American" fantasy writer.

Hello friends,

I just finished reading an article by Andrew Osobka on the topic of Cultural Imperialism . . .

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New Stereotyping Words for the English Language

December 18, 2005

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Metro, Techno or Retro? Just what kind of Hetero are you anyway?

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