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auto-da-fey
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« Reply #475 on: Jan 18, 2012, 11:37:35 AM »

related by virtue of pollo-having-called-it:

in my class of 40 students in a highly "urban" setting, exactly one knew who Lil B was. his entire response was "that guy . . . that guy is terrible. the worst!"

I would feel a sense of victory about having had my syllabus done 90 whole minutes before the first meeting, but now I'm 80 minutes from another class, and the syllabus for that one is still . . . coalescing.
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« Reply #476 on: Jan 18, 2012, 11:39:43 AM »

Nuh uh dude Lil B's base is in the STREETS
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« Reply #477 on: Jan 18, 2012, 11:44:20 AM »

proves it's only middle class white inteleckuls that like lil' b.
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« Reply #478 on: Jan 18, 2012, 11:44:31 AM »

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« Reply #479 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:05:39 AM »

This semester I am taking

Contexts of Writing, in which the only primary text is Frankenstein, and then we look at it through all the major schools of literary theory. The fun of being a first year undergrad!

From Reconstruction to Reagan: American History from 1877 to 1988. The lecturer for this seems really awesome, and we have been promised music and film and other such good stuff.

and

Aspects of Contemporary America which has the preliminary reading list of:

Gary Cross, An All-Consuming Century (New York: Columbia University Press,
2000)
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (New
York: Metropolitan Books, 2001)
Jessica Evans and David Hesmondhalgh, eds, Understanding Media: Inside
Celebrity (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2005)
George, Susan, Whose Crisis, Whose Future? Toward a Greener, Fairer, Richer
World (Polity, 2010)
Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life (Berkeley:
University of California, 2003)
John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction 3rd edn.
(Essex: Prentice Hall, 2001)
S. Craig Watkins, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social
Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our
Future (Boston: Beacon Press, 2009)

and I know last year there were a lot of film screenings and such, including Scream and Spike Lee shit. FUN.

edit: i just got the full reading list for the AoCA course and it looks RAD.
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« Reply #480 on: Jan 31, 2012, 05:35:58 AM »

The lecturer of my Aspects of Contemporary America course wrote this book



check out this customer review on amazon:
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After perusing this book at the local library, with its sympathetic eye to the prolifetation and glorification of hip-hop as a viable "culture", I can't help but think of something Hermann Goering once said: "Whenever I hear the word 'culture', I reach for my revolver". Decadent, apologetic propoganda in its worst form, disguised as credible academics, truly pathetic.

hah!
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« Reply #481 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:35:01 AM »

I guess at least you only have to read one dull 19th Century novel for that first course.
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Chet
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« Reply #482 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:49:43 AM »

I guess at least you only have to read one dull 19th Century novel for that first course.
Yes, but what an incredibly dull one it is. It is proving to be such a chore to get through.
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« Reply #483 on: Jan 31, 2012, 11:52:21 AM »

I thought Frankenstein was meant to be one of the good ones? No?
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« Reply #484 on: Jan 31, 2012, 12:09:57 PM »

No. It's excruciating.
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Good Intentions
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« Reply #485 on: Jan 31, 2012, 03:36:24 PM »

You don't have any imagination.
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« Reply #486 on: Jan 31, 2012, 03:47:12 PM »

I remember liking Frankenstein when we read it in highschool.
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« Reply #487 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:11:03 PM »

Chet your courses sound rad! Also I would love to read your lecturer's book, but it's $80 on Amazon.

Frankenstein: because of the horror of IB, I had English with the same thirty insufferable people from 9th-12th grades, but I do remember us agreeing in unanimity that Frankenstein was the single worst book we had to read during those four years.
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« Reply #488 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:17:25 PM »

I remember disliking Frankenstein in high school as well, although I think I felt it was more boring than terrible.  The again, I hated most things I was assigned to read in high school so that's probably not the best yardstick by which to judge much of anything, really.
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« Reply #489 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:23:04 PM »

Frankenstein is awesome! The fuck's the matter with y'all.
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« Reply #490 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:39:31 PM »

Honestly, I got bored of Frankenstein before I even started reading it, because our lecturer specified one version of the text and somehow managed to inform the university bookshop to order 30 copies of a different version, so I dutifully went trekking around town in the rain seeking out the correct version only to find out in the seminar the week before Frankenstein week that nobody else had bothered and so he was just going to let us read whichever version we wanted. I don't think I actually bothered in the end.

I guess what I'm saying, Chet, is I have an unread copy of the 1818 text of Frankenstein if you don't want to buy one of your own.
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« Reply #491 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:43:21 PM »

I already bought it, and it's also the 1918 text. Is yours the Norton Critical edition? They always tell us to buy the Norton's.


The concept of Frankenstein is awesome, but the prose is so irredeemably dull that it negates anything positive about the book. Also, there is so much superfluous shit in the plot. It might have been a decent short story.
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« Reply #492 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:48:53 PM »

I guess I can understand why overwrought descriptions of emotional states are not for everyone. But at the same time that stuff is present in so much of my favorite literature.

Anyway coldforge is right. Frankenstein is awesome.
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« Reply #493 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:02:54 PM »

Mary Shelley should have left the overwrought descriptions of emotional states to her husband, who excelled at them.

Critically, however, I bet there's some interesting studies re: Frankenstein and 19th-century ideas about electricity.
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« Reply #494 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:15:34 PM »

The concept of Frankenstein is awesome, but the prose is so irredeemably dull that it negates anything positive about the book.

Man this sums up my feelings regarding most of the gothic novels I've read from that period. Great concepts, then you sit down to read the things and it's the ploddingist plods ever plodded. Another great example: The House of the Seven Gables.
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« Reply #495 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:26:44 PM »

You're all off your fucking rockers. Sure, Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus isn't the high point of prose in the period. But that doesn't make the plot any less interesting, given that the narrative arc in there is most likely the single highest achievement of imaginative fiction in the 19th century. Stop being so goddamn flowery and consider the story you are being told. That story is best in class.
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« Reply #496 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:28:07 PM »

I guess I'm saying that there is more than one dimension of goodness a piece of writing can aim for, and that you're all staring yourself blind at one of them - quality of prose. You're missing out on entire domains of aesthetic goodness.
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« Reply #497 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:36:11 PM »

Meeting, regarding me being a tutor
Head of School: Basically, we've decided we want you to tutor for us. So this is sort of lilke a job interview, but...
Head of department, who incidentally is a totally hot lady wearing knee-high silver doc boots: is it? I thought this was a bidding competition between the Film department and Media studies to see who would get her.
Head of school: Who wins you will be decided by an interdepartmental poker game.
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« Reply #498 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:38:41 PM »

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« Reply #499 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:49:29 PM »

single highest achievement of imaginative fiction in the 19th century.

Shit dude, even Dracula runs train on Frankenstein, and does so with much humbler aspirations. IMO
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