Hey, everyone! IT’S ME. WITH A BRAND-NEW COLLEGE UPDATE. HERE IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE.
The Art and Craft of Travel Writing
My professor says it’s important to read more than just travel writing created by rich white guys, because – like it or not – people are treated differently according to their race, class, and gender, and because of that everyone will experience a place slightly differently. Some may be viewed with suspicion because of their race, or may not feel comfortable going out into the city at night because of their gender, or they may not have the funds to travel very much at well.
Basically, we should be careful not to generalize some rich white guy’s thoughts about any particular location as The Definitive Experience of _______. I’m really glad he brought up the diversity aspect, because I think it’s often overlooked in nonfiction.
So, yeah. He assigns us stuff written by all sorts of people. So far, we’ve studied travel writing about the United States, various islands, and Island. And next week, we’re reading about Turkey!
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you – one of my essays will be workshopped during the next class session! I volunteered to go first.
Introduction to the Short Story:
From Henry James to Flash Fiction
On Monday, my group and I led a discussion of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman! We prepared a bunch of questions about feminism, mental illness, the intersection of the two, and how both were viewed at the time this story was written. This student-led discussion is a major part of my grade, so I’m glad it went smoothly!
Other than that, I don’t have much to say about this class at the moment. Some of the stories were sort of boring – I couldn’t really get into the Henry James short story we read the other day – but we did read Poe a few weeks ago, and Heart of Darkness is up next. (!!!!)
Media Uses and Effects
In some of my classes, we’ll have only one or two or three tests. We have four in this class, and I love that! Because we have more exams than usual, each one covers a fairly small amount of information, and the final is non-cumulative to boot!
Anyway, we had our first test last week, and I already got my grade back: 96.43%. That is the most ridiculously specific grade I’ve ever heard of, but WHATEVER. I am happy with it, even if I don’t fully understand where the .43% came from. (Like… .5% would make sense, so I don’t know how I lost that .07% of a point?!)
AHHHH THIS CLASS IS SO COOL. LIKE, EVEN COOLER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE. It’s kind of a combination of etymology and social justice? We’ve been learning about how people are mistreated and/or misjudged because of the language they speak.
One example that comes to mind is African-American Vernacular English (or AAVE for short) and the “habitual be.” Speakers of AAVE are often judged for “not knowing proper grammar,” but the habitual be actually expresses habitual actions or actions done over an extended period of time. And there’s a double standard between how people view it, too. Speakers of some dialects of Scots also use it – or should I say that they be using it? – but when they do, it’s viewed as quaint, and not as a sign of ignorance.
JDSHGKDFJHGKSFJHDKGS THIS CLASS IS SO MUCH FUN AND I’M SUCH A WORD NERD.
Wonder Woman Unleashed: A Hero for Our Times
MY PROFESSOR BROUGHT CHOCOLATE TO CLASS ONE DAY DFJGSHDFJK. And then she made us take sides with various characters in Antigone and argue about who was right. I looooove this class so so much… my prof is always so enthusiastic, and our syllabus is filled with stories about kickass women. Next week, though, we’re taking a bit of a break from all that reading and watching two episodes of the 1970s Wonder Woman show instead!
What’s new with you?! Tell me all about your classes, if you’re taking any at the moment!