- Videos of each lecture will be stored in
the Course Documents section of your Discussion Section's Blackboard
Web Site. There are links to those sites here.
Robert Frost - Vladimir Nabokov -
- The Road Not Taken or The Poem Not Written? Robert Frost
- For your further reading, writing, thinking, listening, and viewing
My Religion with three paintings by Caravaggio that
look like models for the "renaissance" part of the video.
from Art: Just as Frost rewrites
Emerson in "After
Apple Picking," here's a more modern example of artistic
revision: Chuck Berry's reprise of "Johnny B. Goode" (1957)--"Bye
Bye Johnny" (1960)--and Bruce Springsteen's memorial to
the death of Elvis, "Johnny Bye Bye" (1983);
a link to the Wired story
and podcast about the modern master of multi-layered mash-ups
(what he calls
Talk; and a link to a visualization of his latest mashup, All
- Originality? That's so last century. As a contemporary author
explains, "It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not
Function-Reader Function. The old, communication model vs.
an idea of an Author Function intersecting with a Reader Function
to bring the Text into being.
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf? How about The Girl Who Was Scared by
the Danielbeast? For all you YouTube fans, here's the saga
of lonelygirl15; and then there's James
Frey, the TV show 24,
and confusion at the Andrea
Yates trial; what's the truth got to do with it anyway? And
here's Olivia Judson on the "intuition
Won't Get Fooled Again. What does Frost
Mean when he says that people who haven't been educated by
know when they are being fooled by a metaphor, an analogy,
What's the true definition of "Freedom of Choice" and
what's its connection to a New
York City billboard? Metaphor meets cognitive science
meets politics in "The
Framing Wars" (2005).
- What's a Metaphor For? Carlin Romano explains.
- Four articles from The New York Times that link the tragedy
in New York to the concerns of this course: The
Villain, and First,
Define the Battlefield, and from 2002, the late Susan Sontag's Real
Battles and Empty Metaphors.
Monopoly – Bill Gates has been educated by poetry;
and so, apparently, has David
Brooks; here's an even thornier
metaphorical issue – Intelligent
Design (and a link to a series of articles on the Evolution
Debate); novelists, psychologists, and scientists all
struggle with the mind as metaphor in "What's
On Your Mind?"; Douglas Hofstadter argues
as the Core of Cognition" in his 2006 Presidential
Lecture at Stanford; and even Einstein's
famous equation, we're told, needs to be
explained with a metaphor, if it's to be fully understood.
- MacArthur Grant Fellow George Saunders visits “The Colbert Report” to discuss the short story format and his new collection, “Tenth of December,” deemed by New York Times Magazine as the “Best
Book You’ll Read This Year.” Saunders illustrates the power of short stories by
using brief analogies, but Colbert remains unmoved: “I’m sure it’s very good,” he says, “But I like to pay by the pound. That’s why I love Ayn Rand. It’s just two covers and she just shovels words in between.”
- How important are metaphors? Important enough for the government
to build a "metaphor program" in order to spy on other cultures
- The Mind
is a Metaphor
is an evolving work of reference – a collection
of eighteenth-century metaphors of mind serves as the basis for
a scholarly study of the metaphors and root-images appealed to
by the novelists, poets, dramatists, essayists, philosophers, belle-lettrists,
preachers, and pamphleteers of the long eighteenth century; the
Project Databank: Examples of Usage of Metaphors of Mind;
Analysis Project, where "metaphor is recognised as an
important way of thinking – constructing
analogies and making connections between ideas – and an important
way of using language – to explain abstract ideas or to find
indirect but powerful ways of conveying feelings."
- Understanding civil rights through metaphor: Gay
Rights and the Race Analogy.
Apple Picking and two videos – Robert Frost reading
the poem and some critical commentary from Frost himself, Seamus
Heaney, and Richard Wilbur.
- Here's someone who has been educated by poetry: Carina Chocano
in, "How Tabloid Trainwrecks Are
Reinventing Gothic Literature."
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf meets The
Girl Who Wasn't There: Gail
Collins explains how Manti Te'o's "girlfriend" fits male fantasies
about athletes, sports, and self-sacrificing women.
- A quick guide on How
to Search On Line Successfully; and another on How
to Use Wikipedia.
- In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named
Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150
well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction.
Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Their
answers are published here, in The Paris Review.
Back to the Raft Ag'in, Papa Honey. As a young boy, Hemingway
not only identified with Huck Finn, he actually dressed up like
Huck to go hunting and fishing. He also got dressed up in dresses
with his sister, Marcelline.
- Paintings by Giotto,
Masaccio, and Piero della Francesca.
Mantegna. Four pictures from this 15th c. Italian
Renaissance Master -- mentioned prominently in Hemingway's "The
-- including "The Dead Christ" (c. 1490). Also, information
and a link to Oxford University's First
World War Poetry Digital Archive,
that focus on WWI and the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
Modern Library's Choices for the 100
greatest books of the 20th century, including all of nine women,
none women of color, and four male minority authors, along with
their readers choices (who clearly love Ayn Rand but don't read
anything but white authors), the 100
best works of nonfiction (ditto), the members
of the Editorial Board who voted for the list, and a rival
list from the Radcliffe Publishing Course..
Gabriel Rossetti. Images of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal (1854),
The Blessed Damozel (1875-78), Lady Lilith (1864-73), Ecce Ancilla
Domini! (The Annunciation; 1849-50), where the Virgin Mary bears
a strange resemblance to Kate Moss.
Queen's Looking Glass" The back of the
box description of The Last Seduction, another picture
of Kate Moss, a parodic look at Obsession, some pictures
that bear an uncanny resemblance to Glen Close in Fatal Attraction,
and here's the Insidestory:
Fatal Attraction, courtesy
of the Biography Channel; an article to contextualize Glengarry
Glen Ross entitled, "Men
Behaving Badly"; Mark Guarino wonders if the
Glengarry are actually quaint in 2012; and an article
and video about a
new documentary entitled, "The Mask You Live In," that explores the "systemic
societal problems caused by toxic masculinity."
who's been brought back to life in The
Snow White Project; and if
G&G's reading of Sleeping Beauty is too Grimm for
you, here's What
Disney's Princesses Teach Young Girls; and The SecondCityNetwork
offers up "Advice from a Cartoon Princess": with Snow
and the Little
of super heroes, ever wonder what it would look like if all of
the Avengers posed like Black Widow?
& F Online: The Scholar and Feminist Online, published
by the Barnard
Center for Research on Women, with an especially interesting
issue on HBO,
The Sopranos, and Sex and the City; and
Studies Database at The University of Maryland.
- In "Navigating
the waters of our biased culture," Frank Kovarik
explains the Bechdel Test for gender bias and how most literature
fails it; a further look at the Bechdel Test at The
- In response to Lisa Belkin's article on gender
relations in the classroom as opposed to the frat party - "After
Class, Skimpy Equality" - Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein
Ojalvo ask students to reply to the question, "Who
Has the Power in School Social Life?"; and are you
what you dress up as? Annette Lynch looks at the latest styles
Chic, Gender Performance, and Halloween Fashion."
- Have we entered the age of "Hipster
Sexism"? And Buzzfeed explains, "Why
Geek Girl' Meme Needs To Die."
- Of course things have changed since
the 70s - just read, "Toughness
Has Risks for Women Executives," from the August 10,
New York Times, or listen to what some
50 Most Powerful Women have to say, or what things are like
in Academia and
in the world of Science,
Engineering, and Technology; and here's
Paul Krugman on the gender-coded campaign against Janet
Yellen for the head of the Federal Reserve, "Sex,
Money, and Gravitas.".
- In 2009, Judith Warner asks, "Is there a general resentment
against smart women?"; and here's Amy Rebecca
Klein, the only girl in the band Titus
Andronicus, wondering whether Rock
and Roll Is Dead to
women in 2010.
- In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook
tells Davos women
are less liked as they become more successful; Nicholas
Kristof comments on Sandberg's comments in, "She's
(Rarely) the Boss" (note: the Kristof piece is full of
links to useful information); Stephanie Coontz explains, "Why
Gender Equality Stalled"; and Debora Spar, President of
Barnard College, tells us why
In" may not be enough to break through the glass ceiling.
- An article/survey from Amy Sennet, called "Work
that looks at the experiences of the Class of '75 (me) vs the expectations
of the Class of '06 (you); the latest word (2007) on women
in the workplace in The
Feminine Critique; the moment when gender
reared its head in Hillary's campaign, the differing reaction
it drew from one mother and daughter, and Judith
thought about feelings about it; how Sarah Palin and her "family
values" changed the mix in "A
New Twist in the Debate on Mothers"; Deepak Chopra on
"Obama and the Palin Effect"; and the true tale of the "Zombie
feminists of the RNC."
- And here are two points of views on a 2011 report at Princeton
University about gender bias and the limits on leadership called,
- Fifty Shades of Grey, "Girls," Katie Roiphe
- Ginia Bellafante asks, are these the "The
New Shades of Feminism?"
- First Katy Perry, then Carla Bruni-Sarkozi: "Why
are women scared to call themselves 'Feminists'?";
Katherine Connell, an associate editor at the National Review,
discusses them in, "Benevolent
feminist indoctrination": An online men's group knows
just who's to blame for the world's ills-- Women! Just check in
- For something completely different,
here's John Tierney on "What
Women Want" and Neil French on "One
man's take on why women never seem to get ahead." And
here's what some
women at elite colleges say they want themselves (with a
response from the male side of the equation and another
but are these young women just the next Betty
- But now the New York Times wonders whether successful
women are destroying romance? and Salon counters by examining "The
Terror of Successful Women."
- Caribs Cochina looks at what it means to be a "strong female
character" in "‘Tough,
Cold, Terse, Taciturn and Prone to Not Saying Goodbye When They
Hang Up the Phone.’"
- A sports metaphor, a Huck Finn allusion, and a new take
on gender: Susan Faludi looks at Hillary Clinton's candidacy in
Fight Stuff"; a montage prepared by the Women's
Media Center called, "Sexism
Sells -- But We're Not Buying It";
after all, Judith Warner argues, it worked for "Sex and the
City" in "Woman
in Charge, Women Who Charge."
- Hillary speaks at the Democratic Convention on the anniversary
of the 19th Amendment, but Susan Faludi explains why that's little
compensation in "Second
- “The most powerful people in the world are old white men
and pretty young women”: Postfeminism
and Other Fairy Tales.
Gone Wild. A review of Ariel Levy's book that argues that
women have bought into unhealthy ideas of their own sexuality;
and for you Sex and the City fans, "Throwing
the Baby Out with the Bath Water: Miranda and the Myth of Maternal Instinct on
Sex and the City."
- Does Wikipedia have a gender bias? Read "Wikipedia:
It's a Man's World."
- A science
report that tries to answer the question, "Is
Hysteria Real?"; and a report on Women,
Depression, and Marriage from the Science
- So What's
A Modern Girl To Do? Here's Maureen Dowd with the answer
and her answers
to readers' questions; and Joanne Lipman, a former deputy
managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, examines
the lack of progress she sees in 2009 in "The
Mismeasure of Woman."
- Tired of trying to have it all? Rebecca Traister says, "Screw
- If there were ever a single-page statement of what this course
is about, it's this 2005
Commencement Address by the late David
Foster Wallace; and
to the talk, by Gustabo Leon.
Race and Ethnicity:
- The Jefferson - Hemings Controvery.
Why were Jefferson scholars so reluctant to admit to Thomas Jefferson's
relationship with his slave Sally Hemings? Here's a series of 1998
editorials that discuss the controversy surrounding Jefferson and
Sally Hemings: Annette
Gordon-Reed (author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings)
on the "objectivity" of History and historians; William
Safire on the contemporary political implications of "Sallygate";
Paterson on Race, History, and what to make of the whole shebang;
Staples, writing in 1999 that there's still no place at the
Jefferson table for the Hemings clan.
- A set of Jefferson
- Hemings Resources at Monticello-The
Home of Thomas Jefferson, including the Minority
Report disputing the DNA findings; and just when you thought
it was all over, Brent Staples again in 2005 with "Lust
Across the Color Line and the Rise of the Black Elite."
- A history of Literature and History that's a little bit, well,
the Facts, Ma'Am; Maureen Dowd looks at history in recent
movies in, "The
Oscar for Best Fabrication"; and more in, "Confronting
the Fact of Fiction and the Fiction of Fact."
- A conversation about race? Here's what happened when they tried
to have one on The
Are You White? Lise Funderburg takes to the streets
and asks this question of friends, strangers, and celebrities;
a blog devoted to explaining the Stuff
White People Like; a link to an NPR program that explains
Studies; an interview with historian, Nell Painter about
her book, The History of
White People; and DNA testing shows
students at Penn how complicated the concept
of race can be.
- And, conversely, When
Are You Black? Jason Plak examines the
"One Drop Rule" in his blog in Psychology Today.
- Does the representation of race on TV have an effect on us? An
article at Salon -- "Your
brain on white people" -- says that neuroscience shows the
media's overwhelming whiteness really is changing our minds.
- A comprehensive
map of America, showing how racially segregated
our cities and towns have become. It shows one color-coded-by-race
dot per person, according to the 2010 Census.
- Test the Roots of Your Prejudice. You say you're not biased?
Take this test -- called the Implicit
Association Test -- developed by researchers at Yale University
and the University of Washington. Researchers created the test
in 1995 to expose hidden thoughts and feelings. It can reveal
unconscious attitudes that could affect how you interact with
people of a different race. Also, a link to the IAT
Home Page, that includes links to tests on Age and Gender implicit
preferences; and an annotated article about the test's findings
by Charles M. Blow, "A Nation
- Think you can't be racist just because you went to college? From
Complete Guide to 'Hipster Racism.'"
- An article by Robert Jensen on how "White
Privilege Shapes the U.S."; a similar piece by Peggy
Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"; and here's
Louis C. K. thinks about it; and, finally, here's how you can use
white privilege as a force for good.
- Speaking of white privilege, here's Jon Caramanica talking about
Big Brother 15.
- A 2009
ABC News/Washington Post Poll that shows what we agree
on when it comes to race; and a review of Touré's book, Who's
Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means To Be Black Now, including
an interview where Touré explains the difference between post-blackness
- How's that again? What Jay Z and
Rush Limbaugh have in common.
- A Project of the American Anthropological Association: RACE
- Are We So Different? The project’s Web site
presents quizzes, timelines and other interactive activities
designed to consider questions on the history of race in America,
human variation across the planet, and race as a “lived
experience.” Both the project
and the Web site underscore three key themes: How we define race
has changed over time, and its very concept is of recent human
invention and shaped by groups that hold power; Race is a cultural
phenomenon that places people into groups according to arbitrary
biological and cultural characteristics and does not accurately
describe human variation; and Race and racism are embedded in
our culture and shape our understanding of ourselves and those
around us. It shows how racism is less overt than in the past,
yet discrimination continues and racism holds sway over many
of our daily choices.
Race Is Lived in America: The New York Times series
that documents the experience of race in America at the beginningt
of the twenty-first century: "Shared Prayers, Mixed Blessings"
by Kevin Sack; "Best of Friends, Worlds Apart" by Mirta
Ojito; "Which Man's Army" by Steven A. Holmes; "Who
Gets to Tell a Black Story?" by Janny Scott; "A Limited
Partnership" by Amy Harmon; "At a Slaughterhouse, Some
Things Never Die" by Charlie LeDuff; "When to Campaign
With Color" by Timothy Egan; "Reaping What Was Sown on
the Old Plantation" by Ginger Thompson; "Growing Up, Growing
Apart" by Tamar Lewin; "The Hurt Between the Lines"
by Dana Canedy; "The Minority Quarterback" by Ira Berkow;
"Guarding the Borders of the Hip-Hop Nation" by N.R. Kleinfield;
"Why Harlem Drug Cops Don't Discuss Race" by Michael Winerip;
"Bricks, Mortar, and Coalition Building" (about Houston)
by Mireya Navarro; "Getting Under My Skin" by Don Terry;
Seen Through the Filter of Race" -- a series of editorial
statements by Patricia Williams, Jack Kemp, Linda Chavez, and others.
- Barack Obama's 2008 speech on race, "A
More Perfect Union"; a July 2008 survey and story
and the Race"; an article that wonders, "Is
Obama the End of Black Politics"; Michael Cohen
asks the question, "What
Does Obama Have in Common with Frederick Douglass?";
and from 2012, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about "Fear
of a Black President" in The
- What I.Q. doesn’t tell you about race: "None
of the Above."
in Black and White" -- How race played a
role in Hurricane Katrina; an article on Race in America, 10
years after the OJ Trial; some staggering percentages
on how different races see race in Tim Wise's "See
and closer to home, "Welcome
to the Neighborhood" -- a canceled reality show
from Austin's own Circle C.
- Brent Staples
again on "Census
Categories That Don't Apply"; and Marcus Mabry
explores "Where Whites
Draw the Line."
Two" from the liner notes of Everything Is Wrong. The
same attack, quoting the same biblical passage, as Frederick
Douglass in his "Appendix."
Monkey, as sung by The Big Three Trio (with Wiilie
Dixon; recorded on 3/11/47); a slighty racier version of
Monkey Poem, collected by Henry Louis Gates; and Rudy
Ray Moore, better known as Dolemite, recites his own Signifyin(g)
Eddie has a joke to tell -- Here's Eddie Murphy's own bit
1968, from the movie, Raw.
Like Dolemite's story, this one has the monkey losing in the
- Kenneth Warren asks, contentiously, "Does
African American Literature Exist?"
- An homage to T. S. Eliot: Crash Test Dummies sing "Afternoons
and Coffeespoons" and a link to The
Songs Inspired By Literature (SIBL) Project, Inc. -- described
as "a creative nonprofit producing advocacy and educational
materials exclusively for the literacy movement. We use music as
a vehicle to engage, inspire and reinforce the magic of literature
and the power of reading. We have launched an awareness and outreach
campaign for one of this country's most critical, least discussed
problems: adults who cannot read or write. Based in Northern California,
we're made up of musicians, authors, teachers, and journalists.
Our programs and projects inspire adults who need to improve their
literacy skills, and attract volunteers and supporters on behalf
of literacy providers, many of whom do not have the financial resources
or expertise to launch such a massive public awareness campaign.
Our partners include the California State Library, The Library
of Congress and Friends of the Library USA. (see letters of support)."
and the Swan. A variety of classical representations of
Leda and Zeus.
- A link to Salon Audio and to recordings of Langston Hughes reading
and talking about his poetry, including "The
Negro Speaks of Rivers."
Says a White Band Can't Play Rap?" by Joe Wood
Village Voice (1991). Asks the questions: Is racial identity
a matter of consumption in the 90s? Who gets to produce
culture? Who gets to consume it? Who gets consumed? Was Elvis
the King or just the King of Tacky? Listen as Little
Richard battles Pat Boone (with a little Elvis thrown in for
comparison) in 1956. Wood also asks the question: is Chuck
D an American poet? You be the judge. The lyrics and a video
clip for "Can't
Truss It" (1991). Did somebody mention Eminem? "A
Season in Hell" is one of the best articles I've seen
on the white-hot wonder, and here's a late word on rap and
whiteness and violence from Brent
Staples. And while Snoop
might like the Gourds'
version of "Gin and Juice" (here),
the former members of NWA
are less happy about Dynamite Hack. And here's the granddaddy
of all white-southern-rap fusions: Bubba
Sparxxx and the video of "Ugly";
the Seattle-based mc Macklemore explores
the conundrum of being a white rapper on "White
Privilege." Finally, a picture of
Black Teenagers; "A
Short History of Class Antagonism in the Black Community"
by Brent Staples; a series of articles on Class
Matters (New York Times,
2005); a set of readings and resources on Minority
Studies at the Voice of the Shuttle; and resources on Race
in the US, courtesy of The English Server (Carnegie Mellon);
a piece by Staples entitled, "Decoding
the Debate Over the Blackness of Barack Obama"; the
Chicano answer to the King: El Vez; and the latest look at Elvis
(and Chuck D) in "How
Did Elvis Get Turned Into a Racist?"
- And here's how the 2013
VMA performance by Miley Cyrus perpetuates
the idea that black culture can only be made palatable if it's
performed by a white body.
- And here's the story of what happened when white rapper Macklemore
(see above) won the 2014 Best Rap Album Grammy over Kendrick
Lamar, Jay Z, and others; just for grins, compare it to when Chuck
D (a great American poet?) and LL
Cool J inducted The
Beastie Boys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Since the mid- to late-nineties, the art world has been claiming
to be Post-Black,
but the Barbie
Doll Test shows that residual attitudes are hard
to shake; same goes for A
Girl Like Me.
and Hollywood: Focusing on The Help, Nelson George
looks at the ways American movies portray race relations during
the struggle for civil rights; and here's Aibelene's
side of the story.
Crossings. An experiment in hypertextual relationships
by Karla Tonella of the University of Iowa that explores the
common ground between Cyborgs, Gender, LesBiGay, Dispora, La
Frontera, Border Incidents and Other Borders.
- With His Pistol in His Hand. Some information about
Corrido on the Border" from Manuel Peña and Américo
Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies here at
UT, as well as The
Center for Mexican American Studies; more information
Cortez; a link to a recording of the Corrido
de "Gregorio Cortez" (by Maya y Cantu); a link
to Elijah Wald's page about the latest stage of the corrido, the Narcocorrido.
Much like the Gangsta Rap on which they're based, however, these
songs have come under fire, as the San
Antonio Express-News attests. Also from Elijah Wald, Corrido
Watch, a page of current topical songs, currently featuring
corridos of Sept. 11, Osama bin Laden, and the war in Iraq; finally,
a copy of Jenni Rivera"s "La
Chacalosa" with the lyrics; a feature called "The
Corrido North of the Border"; and "El
Corrido de los Jaguares"
from Economedes High School in Edinburg, TX.
- A picture of Rodolfo
"Corky" Gonzales from "Imagenes
Xicano," a historic collection of documentary photographs
exploring political activism during the seventies from a Chicano
perspective maintained by Jesús M. Mena Garza; and
a two-part, short dramatization of I
am Joaquin by playwright and
director, Luis Valdez.
Latina - a collection of 206 digitally preserved audio
programs including interviews, music, and informational programs
related to the Mexican American community and their concerns from
the radio series "The Mexican American Experience," which was part
of the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.
- Sergio Troncoso, the son of Mexican immigrants, was born and grew up in the unincorporated neighborhood or colonia of Ysleta on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. His parents built their adobe house, and the family lived with kerosene lamps and stoves and an outhouse in the backyard during their first years in Texas. His book, Crossing
Borders: Personal Essays won the Bronze Award for Essays in ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Awards, and Second Place for Best Biography in English in the International Latino Book Awards.
- Latino Literature brings together more than
100,000 pages pages of poetry, fiction, and over 450 plays written
in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican,
Dominican, and other Latino authors working in the United States.
Among the gems of the collection are nearly 800 items (poems, novels,
and plays) that have never been published before. Researchers will
also find numerous Chicano folk tales and audio files of selected
poems and plays. It contains over 133,465 pages.
- It turns out Pat Boone was an equal opportunity offender. Here's
his version of "Speedy
Gonzales" and an updated cover of Manolo
Muñoz's version by the Kumbia All-Starz.
- Sex in the City
meets House on Mango Street in the latest in Chicano literature:
Chica Lit. Here's the "Chica
Lit Canon"; The Latina
Book Club, featuring The Dirty
Girls Social Club, by Alysa
Valdes-Rodriguez; and Mary
Castillo's blog, Chica
Huckleberry Finn, Realism, and Romance:
Was Samuel Clemens the Trey Parker of the 19th Century?
A copy of Mark Twains "Date
16o1. CONVERSATION, AS IT WAS BY THE SOCIAL FIRESIDE,
IN THE TIME OF THE TUDORS" with slightly modernized
spelling. Written during the same summer (1876) that Twain began Huck
this rarely printed, x-rated piece makes you wonder why people
get so upset about South Park; "Twain
Quotes on Race," including one about a black law student
that he sponsored; and information about the "Twins
of Genius" tour that Twain took with George Washington
Cable from the Mark
Twain in his Times site at the University of Virginia;
and the Mark
Twain Project Online, a site that "applies innovative
technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research
by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered,
intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive
notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents."
- Realism vs. Romance. Some definitions from the OED: realism,
(note: these links work only if you are on an ISP that subscribes
to the UT library or the OED), and some definitions
from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's
Dictionary; an explanation of Romance (vs. the Novel) from Nathaniel
Hawthorne and an explanation of the Real (vs. the Romantic)
James; and then there's the whole James Frey debacle: "Can
Oprah Change the Phoney-Memoir Culture?" Finally,
what reality really means to the Bush
problem with Pop Culture; a blog
formed in response to the Bush administration's comments called, "The
and why the "laws
of language [and metaphor] are hard to defy" from George
- Def Poet Julian
Curry gives his take on using the n-word in all its variations.
One Word Change Huckleberry
Finn?": A debate
among critics in The New York Times; and the best commentary
ever on the controversy from Larry Wilmore at The
- How hard is it to find a good man? The lyrics and a recording
of "Nebraska" --
a song Bruce Springsteen wrote about Charlie Starkweather, who
shot ten people on a killing spree with his girlfriend. Springsteen
had been reading Flannery O'Connor when he wrote the song. And
speaking of O'Connor, here's a link to The
Catholic Encyclopedia to check out those words (like ACCIDENT)
that you thought you knew the meaning of.
- Are you like the Grandmother (and everyone else) in "A Good
Man Is Hard to Find"? Is your immortal soul in danger of eternal
damnation? Here's how to make an Act
of Perfect Contrition (as opposed to an act of attrition).
- The pictures from The Black Mask that illustrate the
shift to a "Hard-boiled
- 2019: Off-World. A great collection of Blade
Runner articles, information, and resources; two
Blade Runner fan sites - BladeZone and
a site devoted to all aspects of Cinema and New Media and
the primary link for resources from the UC
Berkeley Film Studies Program; and a way to understand
California politics through the "fear
of Blade Runnerization."
Modernism - Postmodernism:
- Pablo Picasso. An image of Picasso's "Demoiselles
- Modern - Postmodern. Some illustrations to
accompany Fredric Jameson's "Postmodernism, or The Cultural
Logic of Late Capitalism"; and A
Picture Dictionary of Modern Architecture, where you see the
most distinct differences between the Modern and the Postmodern.
- Unheard Voices. From a site called "Slashdot: News
for Nerds. Stuff that matters" -- a link to Voices
from the Hellmouth, a collection of e-mails from self-proclaimed
"geeks, nerds, and oddballs" that give voice to the unheard
part of the conversation surrounding the tragic events at Columbine
HS and tell a disturbing story of the witch hunt that's developed
as a result; "Our
Violent Inner Landscape," a New York Times editorial
by Gregory Gibson, that looks at the connections between Columbine,
Rambo, and Richard III; Bob Herbert on Charles
Whitman, Cho Seung-Hui, and the deadly combination of misogyny,
homophobia, and guns; Mike White (School of Rock)
wonders about what's involved in making violent movies in "Making
a look at the recent trend of "women
who kick ass" in "Everything
a Man Can Do, Decapitation Included"; a look at Fight
Club through the lens of Richard Slotkin's thesis of
"regeneration through violence"; and
a reaction to the women who tortured at Abu Ghraib by Judith
from the Gender Ghetto."
- Todd May asks: "Is
American Nonviolence Possible?"
- A special section from Vanity
Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction.
- Alternate Endings. Some different
looks at Tarantino in "The
Unbearable Lightness of Being Cool" at the Bright
Lights Film Journal and a three-part
interview with Quentin Tarantino by Henry Louis
Gates, Jr. about Django Unchained, including an explanation
use of the n-word and an interrogation of whether he uses
the n-word too much.
- Part One in a month long series in Slate that examines what it
means to be Cool
- Taking our idea of Art
from Art, the web site, Everything
Is a Remix shows
how postmodern pastiche has come to dominate cultural production.
At 7:04 of Part II, Kirby Ferguson, the series' creator, pays particular
homage to Quentin Tarantino, with an extended version on
Bill at Vimeo.
- A look at how homophobic discourse structures
masculinity (with a mention of fraternity life here at UT) in "'Dude,
You're a F-g'"; the title says it all,
Dudes in Pulp
Fiction: Homophobia and the Counterphobic Idealization of
- Steven Pinker answers the question,
Putting It All Together:
- Copies of an
interview with and an
article about Toni Morrison, a link to some essays
site dedicated to Morrison, and the words, music, and
history to "Shall
We Gather at the River."
- La Familia. Art from Carmen
Lomas Garza, a Kingsville, TX native who uses her childhood
memories and experiences to create work which recalls the traditions
and folklore of Tejano Families. Carmen's paintings and prints
have the power to make us remember our own childhood as they
express her pride in her Latino/a heritage. Also, a link to
page on Lomas Garza at her web site; and a "thematic,
inquiry-based art education resource" called "Chicana
and Chicano Space" (worth checking out), sponsored
by the Hispanic
Research Center at Arizona State University; finally, links
(the Center for Mexican American Studies) and LLILAS
(The Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies) here
of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art at the International
Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston: The ICAA Documents of 20th-century Latin American and
Latino Art digital archive provides access to primary sources
and critical documents tracing the development of twentieth-century
art in Latin America and among Latino populations in the United
States. Recovered texts provide a much-needed intellectual foundation
for the exhibition, collection, and interpretation of art produced
along this cultural axis. Countries featured in the first phase
of this multiyear project include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia,
Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Latino USA.
The ICAA Digital Archive reflects the findings of this monumental
digitization project and is now available, free of charge, to
the research and teaching community as well as to the public
at large. The uploading of documents to the archive is an ongoing
Cisneros's page at Voices
from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color
(UofMinn); a feature article
in Texas Monthly, called "The
Purple Passion of Sandra Cisneros," that
documents the troubles Cisneros has had with her (purple) house
in San Antonio; an article about the controversy surrounding
Cisneros' winning a MacArthur Foundation Award called "Genius
Can Come in Many Colors."
- Lone Star meets the Searchers, Sam Deeds meets the Duke.
It's not bad enough that Sam Deeds has to contend with the
ghost of his father, Buddy, but as his gesture in the Jailhouse
(scene 7) shows, he's got the
ghost of John Wayne (in John Ford's, The Searchers -
one of the most
influential movies in American film history)
to contend with as well. And, as we hear in a clip, the Duke was
paying homage to his cowboy hero, Harry Carey, when he struck
the pose; and "Borders and Boundaries:
An Interview with John Sayles" (online at your Discussion
Section Bb site), where
Sayles talks about the influence of Américo
Paredes and the Alamo on Lone Star.