Monday, September 24, 2012

Archetypal Photograph

Hello All,

For Wednesday, read "Do Aliens Need Captions?" and post a photograph you feel should be included as one of The Last Pictures.  This photograph could be one that you've taken or one that you feel is particularly emblematic.

Here's one I'd include . . .

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ariadne's Clue, 3-60

Hello All,

For these pages of Ariadne's Clue, find (and post to your blog) three quotes you find interesting/insightful and one quote you find confusing.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fall 2012

Hello All,

Your first assignment is to create your individual blog and then send me your blog's URL (web address) so that I can make a master list of student blogs.  We will discuss this in more detail on the first day of class, so if you are confused, you can wait until then.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hello All,

For Friday's blog, choose a film you would like to analyze for our second essay, and brainstorm the ways in which it uses the ideas Eliade details in The Myth of the Eternal Return:

Celestial Archetypes

Symbolism of the Center

Road to the Center

Profane/Sacred Time and Space

Abolition of Past Time

Restoration of Primordial Chaos (Invasion of the Dead, Sexual Excess/Chaos, Abolition of Norms/Overturning of Values, Indeterminate Unity)

Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act (Motifs of Renewal: fire, ritual combat, erotic elements)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hello All,

For this blog, explain how the film The Fountain uses one of the concepts from Eliade's Myth of the Eternal Return.

Celestial Archetypes: Shibalba, the tree of life, the ring, the dagger (with its holes/map), the blood

Symbolism of the Center: the tree, Shibalba, the queen, Spain, the lab, the temple, the book

Road to the Center: the lab (with Donovan and the tests and finding the cure), the funeral (the road to death), the voyage in the bubble to Shibalba, the book (finish it!) 

Profane/Sacred Time and Space: Sacred: the tree, the temple, outer space; Profane: the daily routine (the lab?, the scenes in the home?), walking on the street, the field/gravesite

Abolition of Past Time: the book (makes him experience its actions when he's asleep); the scenes at the temple; the scenes with the queen, the scenes in outer space

Restoration of Primordial Chaos: Drinking the tree's sap, he became a plant; the tree was his wife; the flying/floating in outer space; the plots (and times) of the film collapse and blend (and confuse);

Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act: Donovan's cure, the final scenes with Shibalba, the tree coming back to life, the seed being planted, the conquistador's death/life: Death becomes life.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Regeneration of Time

Hello All,

For this post, explain how the music video for Lambchop's song "Is a Woman" uses one concept from Eliade's Myth of the Eternal Return.  Use at least one quote from Eliade in your explanation.

Those concepts include

Celestial Archetypes
Symbolism of the Center
Road to the Center
Profane/Sacred Time and Space
Abolition of Past Time
Restoration of Primordial Chaos
Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ariadne's Clue, pages 3-35

Hello All,

We will discuss the first 35 pages of Anthony Stevens's Ariadne's Clue on Monday.  For the weekend blog, find two quotes:

1.  Which quote do you think is especially interesting?  Why?
2.  Which quote do you think is especially confusing? Why?

Answer those questions on your blog; we'll work through those confusing passages together as a class on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Describe !

Hello All,

For the first post on your blog, describe one object in your home/apartment/car. 

This description should be one paragraph long, should exhibit syntax variety (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex sentences), and should combine both literal and figurative details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Archetypes and Repetition

Hello All,

Explain the celestial model behind your name.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Welcome to English 310! 

Based on your responses, here are the areas of writing you wish to improve:

critical thinking and analysis, spelling and grammar, writing quickly (in-class essays), avoiding repetition, being concise, clarity, structure, making writing come more easily, being more descriptive, writing thesis statements, revising, summarizing, getting ideas down on the paper, developing main ideas, making the writing flow, writing introductions, using vocabulary effectively, using a more sholarly mode of communication.

The good news is that we will work on each of these areas throughout the quarter.

There is no bad news.

Take care!