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Anastasia Kayiatos
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To counteract the cold--an oppressive "Oven"!
To quote Tony Kushner's Ethel Rosenberg, history is about to crack wide open--and with it (say the stage directions), goes the ceiling, too! We'll spend the first half of tomorrow's class thinking about what these cracking angels of history in America have ...
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Getting Vertiginous (again) with the Angels in America
In Millenium Approaches , the first half of his two-part dramatic epic Angels in America (which can and does stand alone as a work), Tony Kushner poses what Russian thinkers have called "the accursed questions"--those big philosophical topics that include t...
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Shitty metaphysics, at last!
Finally we've traveled far enough into the bowels of this unbearably beautiful book (AKA the birthplace of Tereza's soul) to talk shit in tomorrow's class! Taking a cue from Tomas's anal fixation and the stomach-turning latrine regime of Stalin's son, pleas...
Shitty metaphysics, at last!
Shitty metaphysics, at last!
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Inevitably--but hopefully bearably--we're mutating our motifs!
What a vertiginous discussion we had today! To repurpose a Stalinist metaphor to radically un-Stalinist ends, I'm dizzy with its success at destabilizing all meaning, as frustrating and unbearably light as that situation may be. In sync with this swiftly ti...
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Done with Midterms
Congratulations on completing the first major piece of writing for this class! And welcome to the wonderful world of Milan Kundera's book,  The Unbearable Lightness of Being . This work intricately interweaves the lives of one protagonist with one another, ...
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Strange Collocations: Daniel and Bambara
Since we reshuffled the schedule, we'll be splitting Thursday's class time somewhat strangely between a discussion of Yuli Daniel's "Man from MINAP," intended to be paired with Dr. Strangelove; and Toni Cade Bambara's "Witchbird," intended to be read alongs...
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Strange Loves: Or, How Mac Students Stopped Worrying about their Midterms and Learned to Love this Bomb Movie
Sex, love and politics get even stranger over the short break. Drop your questions here on Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove , George Kennan's "Long Telegram," and Yuly Daniel's "The Man from MINAP."
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Killing our Darlings
Since I know you'll all be yearning for our usual meeting come Thursday afternoon, here's something to hold you over till after the break. A cast of fresh-faced stars are taking on Burroughs and the murderous primal scenes of mid-century beat culture! No le...
Killing our Darlings
Killing our Darlings
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The Bell Jar Continues and Concludes...as does the hunt for my teaching copy, I hope!
Cold-and-hotties, get your closing questions and comments on The Bell Jar  up here by Tuesday at noon, or attach them to the previous post. You should also check out Adlai Stevenson's commencement address to Sylvia Plath's graduating class at Smith College ...
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