Project 4 (The Road) – Exercise 2

Close reading of excerpt from The Road by Cormac McCarthy: “He pushed the cart and both he and the boy carried knapsacks. In the knapsacks were essential things in case they had to abandon the cart and make a run for it. Clamped to the handle of the cart was a chrome motorcycle mirror that… Continue reading Project 4 (The Road) – Exercise 2


Project 4 (The Road) – Room Seven: Itinerancy

Room Seven: Itinerancy (p.150-158) Itinerancy: traveling from place to place. Artists Francis Alÿs Robery Smithson Janet Cardiff Rirkrit Tiravanija Shimabuku Impact of time, place and journey on Shimabuku’s ‘Cucumber Journey’ (p.156 - 157) Shimabuku's 'Cucumber Journey' is about the relationship of change and time. He embarked on a two-week-long canal boat trip from London to Birmingham. As he made his slow trip, he… Continue reading Project 4 (The Road) – Room Seven: Itinerancy

Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 3

Close reading of Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas • What’s the mood of the poem? How does it make you feel? The first half of the poem has a mood of exaltation, excitement, and joyful nostalgia. It makes me feel inspired and happy and makes me think of sweeter, more innocent times. The second half of the poem… Continue reading Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 3

Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 2

Examples of poetic devices in poems:                      Examples of poetic devices in novel: Bradbury, R. (1985) Dandelion Wine (Grand Master Editions). United States and Canada: Bantam Books. From pages 12-13: Why did the writer use it at this particular point? What is its effect on the writing and… Continue reading Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 2

Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 1

How each poem contemplates the theme of ‘place’ • Speaks about place in relation to identity and exile In The Lost Land, Eavan Boland stands by Dublin Bay with nostalgia and melancholy as she imagines an exile that seemed to have happened in that very place. It is apparent that those people didn't leave by choice but were separated from the… Continue reading Project 3 (Ways of saying and seeing) – Exercise 1

Project 2 (The hero’s journey) – Exercise 2

List of character archetypes, example of each, and their purpose (psychologically/dramatically) in story Hero/heroine - Alonso Quijano (aka Don Quixote), Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: Though Don Quixote's adventures as a knight are little more than a product of his imagination, he is truly a hero for wanting to make the world a better place and for staying true to his beliefs. Villain - Count… Continue reading Project 2 (The hero’s journey) – Exercise 2

Research point – Postmodernism

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction. Chapter 1 'The rise of postmodernism', (p.1-12) Points of interest '...postmodernists often follow Marx. They claim to be peculiarly aware of the unique state of contemporary society, immured as it is in what they call ‘the postmodern condition’.' (p.2-3) 'They have a distinct way of seeing the world as a whole,… Continue reading Research point – Postmodernism

Project 2 (The hero’s journey)- Research point

Think about something you’ve read recently. How did it make use of Aristotle’s first four elements? Did one element seem to predominate over the others? Which one? Why? Plot Character Thought (theme) Diction (expression of meaning) The last novel I read was 'Papi' (Spanish word for Daddy) by the Dominican author and singer/songwriter Rita Indiana. It is about a little… Continue reading Project 2 (The hero’s journey)- Research point