Wednesday, December 23, 2009
1) ROAR book
2) pick a poem!
3) plan out your ROAR/Culture Vulture Presentations
4) browse around some of the sites for your Julius Caesar Annotations
If you did not sign up for lines, do not e-mail me your requests. You must wait until Monday morning to sign up.
Here are good sites for your research:
Primary and Secondary Sources
-Variorum edition of Julius Caesar, edited by H.H. Furness
-Sir Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
-New Hudson edition of Julius Caesar, notes by Henry Norman Hudson
-MIT On-Line Julius Caesar (hit “control+F” for all your searching needs)
-Elizabethan History and Culture
-University of Victoria Shakespeare Site
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Do select a book that interests you, but also one that you will be allowed to watch the film version (check to see what the film is rated).
You are required to prove you legally watched the film, so no downloading or streaming.
Playing the Enemy by John Carlin
Invictus is the true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Michael Oher is a poor, undereducated teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict. He is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. His living situation is noticed by the wealthy Tuohy family. They take him in and he succeeds both athletically and academically, becoming one of the top high school football prospects in the country.
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
This is a perfect work of unnerving terror. Four seekers arrive at a notoriously unfriendly location called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
America in the near future has lost the war against drugs. Though the government tries to protect the upper class, the system is infested with undercover cops like Fred, who regularly ingest the popular Substance D as part of their work. In a bizarre twist, the drug has caused Fred to develop a split personality, of which he is not aware.
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
What’s in a name? A MIT professor and his wife face this question, when hospital authorities won’t allow them to leave with their baby until it is given a name. The staff is ignorant of the cultural difference that allow for Bengali families to spend a good deal of time and deliberation before deciding their child’s name. Thus, Ashima and Ashoke are forced to enter a “pet” name for their son- Gogol.
Slumdog Millionaire Vikas Swarup (Q&A)
Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved.
A Civil Action Jonathan Harr
This is the true story of a town’s fight against deadly environmental toxins in the town of Woburn, MA. With a class action lawsuit to file, lawyers represent families impacted by the pollution. However, the case that could ruin the law firm firm.
Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher (Finding Fish)
This autobiography tells how Fisher was born in prison to an incarcerated mother and a father who had been shot. After being placed in foster care, Fisher was treated brutally and blamed for his own misfortunes. Through these experiences, he eventually found his way into a stable job in the Navy.
Everything Is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, and a dog named Sammy Davis, Jonathan is led on an amazing journey into an unexpected past.
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby
Love sports? This book tells the story of the author's unhealthy relationship with soccer. As a fan of Arsenal, a London soccer team, Hornby describes his life as it relates to the successes and failures of his favorite team.
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Bride & Prejudice
The five Bennet sisters, including strong-willed Elizabeth and young Lydia, have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and snobbish Mr. Darcy, a battle of the sexes ensues.
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
A wounded Confederate soldier walks away from the horrors of the war and back home to his pre-war sweetheart, Ada. This love story connects Inman's odyssey through the devastated South with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm.
Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a huge scandal.
Secret Window Steven King (Four Past Midnight)
Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine that published the story, people begin to die.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
for the love of art... holiday open house
3:oo pm to 7:00 pm
at the AFH Epicenter
See you on December 15th?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
2) read= notes, questions, and comments for Julius Caesar 2.2
3) be sure to complete a 4th ROAR post this week
Compose an introductory paragraph, and list two quality examples to back up your thesis based on the following prompt:
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment
Something flawed is far more interesting than something perfect. Perfection is a
trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is
better not quite achieved.
—Adapted from W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
Assignment: Is perfection something to be admired or sought after?
Monday, December 7, 2009
1) copy and paste SPECIAL (just text) into Word
2) set up a cover page using your name, date, class, and the title
3) center title on 1st line of paper
4) insert page number with your last name
5) format the essay (double space, Times New Roman 12pt, indent new paragraphs)
6) format the works cited page
NOTE: the essay should fit on two pages, not including cover and works cited pages
Evaluating the Medieval in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Composed by an unknown monk in the north of England circa 1375, the romance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight exhibits attributes common to medieval literature. The Gawain poet created his verse with attention to alliterative patterns, and employed stanzas of unfixed length that are connected through the bob and wheel device. Thematically, the poet places Gawain in situations that test his devotion to the medieval ideals of courtly love and chivalry. Thus, in form and theme this Arthurian romance contains poetic elements that mark it as a medieval text.
The text of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is preserved in a religious manuscript that also contains three poems: “Pearl,” “Patience,” and “Purity” (Borroff 20). Yet, Gawain opens with a passage more accustomed to the nationalist ethos of epic poetry. The poet offers an account of Britain’s founding, connecting the heroes at Troy with the “Bold boys bred there, in broils delighting,” who inhabit England (line 21). As in Beowulf, alliteration punctuates the poetic line. Where the device once served as a rhythmic and mnemonic tool, the sound repetition in Gawain belongs to a revival of alliterative verse in the medieval period. The medieval audience would have recognized and enjoyed this poetic element as it suggested a popular Anglo-Saxon form of storytelling. Thus, the poet’s insists for the reader to “…listen to my lay but a little while,/ As I heard it in hall, I shall hasten to tell/ anew” (line 30-32). By alluding to typical elements of Old English oral verse, the Gawain poet attracts the interest of his medieval readers.
However, the form of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight breaks from the Anglo-Saxon pattern in its stanza construction. Visually, the poem lacks caesura line breaks that divided the line after two stressed syllables. In its place, the Gawain poet employs a bob and wheel at the end of each stanza. The bob is a two-syllable line that sets a rhyme scheme in the four-line wheel. Most often, the bob and wheel offers a conclusion to a stanza, as shown in lines 485-490:
"Such happiness wholly had they that day/in hold./Now take care, Sir Gawain/That your courage wax not cold/When you must turn again/To your enterprise foretold." Here the bob presents “hold” as the initial sound to be rhymed in the wheel; the poet forms the wheel around this sound in an ABABA arrangement. Before expanding the narrative by offering further description or changing scenes, the Gawain poet uses the bob and wheel to alter the physical line length.
In plotting, the poem exemplifies the paradoxical romantic virtues of courtly love. Sir Gawain is tested to deny his faith and break his word by the temptations at Lord Bertilak de Hautdesert’s home. The host and Gawain agree to swap their daily earnings: the lord from hunting in the woods, Sir Gawain from interactions with the lord’s beautiful wife. As a guest, Gawain must obey the wishes of his host and hostess- a situation made difficult by the lady’s bold suggestions. Resembling the game animals Bertilak hunts, Gawain nervously evades the lady’s requests. To preserve the marriage vows, their love is never consummated; still, Gawain obeys the lady’s demands and his own desires by sharing furtive kisses. The responsibility required by chivalry and courtly love make Gawain’s temptation a foremost example of romance literature.
The Gawain poet makes skillful use of the romance conventions, writing the poem with attention to medieval aesthetics. Modern readers might not share Bertilak’s claim that Gawain is “polished as a pearl,” or worthy to wear the pentangle star after his blatant deception and failure to trust Mary against the Green Knight (line 2393). Still, the romance offers a fitting example of medieval literature in its poetic construction and thematic development.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Trans. Mary Borroff. The Norton Anthology of English
Literature. Ed. M.H. Abrams. 7th edition. Volume 1. New York: Norton, 2000.
7:00 pm, Porter Square Books
Anita Diamant, Day After Night
7:00 pm, Harvard Book Store
Lauren Grodstein, A Friend of the Family
Wednesday, December 9
7:00 pm, Porter Square Books
Mary Gordon, Reading Jesus
7:00pm, Brookline Booksmith
Yom Kippur in Amsterdam: Stories
Thursday, December 10
7:00 pm, Harvard Book Store
David Chang, Momofuku
7:00pm, Brookline Booksmith
A night of Boston Noir with contributors Dana Cameron, Russ Aborn, and
2) keep aware that Culture Vulture and ROAR are due 12/17
If we valued honesty, we would be willing to risk our jobs to become
whistleblowers and tell truths that our employers did not want revealed. If we
valued success, we would give up our free time in order to excel in a subject or
sport. In other words, the sacrifices we are willing to make reveal what we care
about the most.
Assignment: Can what we value be determined only by what we sacrifice? Plan and
write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue.
3) write a thesis statement, opening paragraph, and list two examples to answer this prompt
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
1) read and notes for Julius Caesar 1.2
give a try with http://nfs.sparknotes.com/juliuscaesar/
this is tough reading, but only with great effort does it become manageable (and fun)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Free Children’s Books and Readings*
Sat, Dec 5, 2:15 pm: Linde Family Wing
Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China, reading with author Deborah Noyes
Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo, reading with author/illustrator E.S. Redmond
Finn Throws a Fit, reading with illustrator Timothy Basil Ering
A Cappella Groups
Sat, Dec 5: Lower Rotunda
3 pm: Harvard Lowkeys
4 pm: MIT Muses
A Cappella Groups
Sun, Dec 6: Lower Rotunda
1 pm: Boston University Treblemakers
2 pm: Boston College Acoustics
3 pm: Simmons Sirens
4 pm: Brandeis Too Cheap for Instruments
Classic Holiday Movies
Sun, Dec 6: Remis Auditorium
1 pm: Christmas Story
Christmas Story reveals the unknown childhood of Santa Claus. The film is a story of selfless giving and lifelong friendship.
3 pm: Miracle on 34th Street by George Seaton (1947)
New England Conservatory of Music FREE Concerts
|3:00:PM||Haydn Piano Trio Seminar Recital|
Haydn Piano Trio Seminar Recital more
|6:00:PM||Pierce Jazz Series|
Student ensembles coached by George Garzone, John McNeil, and Bob Nieske. more
Not so free...