Blog Post #14 : Fixing a Hole

There is only two weeks left of the semester which means there is only two weeks left to finalize papers and finish organizing this website. I definitely relate to Chandra (pictured left) at this point in time. This is a time of panic and finding time for things that you really do not have time for (which usually means giving up precious sleep time). Oh well. That is the life of a college student.

I need to be efficient in the coming weeks. Most of all I need to be focused on the tasks at hand. I have written my to-do list for the remainder of the semester and quite honestly the majority of the list is taken up by tasks for this class. I do not know how I feel about that. I am putting so much time and effort into this class and it does not even pertain to my major.

Today I turned in a revision for my Psychoanalytic paper and received back comments on my New Historical paper. The assignment has also been handed out today for our final paper, the Reader Response. The goal is to revise my feminist paper one more time for Wednesday, turn in my Reader Response paper on Friday, and revise my New Historical paper for next week Monday. I just have to find the time among last minute meetings and work. My brain is going a thousand miles a minute and I feel like the Beatles “fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go” which is basically saying that my thoughts are jumbled and sometime soon I need to also untangle those so I can produce the best possible work over the next couple of weeks.

The end of the semester is often overwhelming in any college class, but in this class more than any I feel rushed to finish hundreds of tasks in a short amount of time. This is perhaps the most stressed I have felt about this class. Oh well. Hopefully I can keep my mind from wandering.

Blog Post #11 : Perfect

Last week I got back the first draft of my feminist paper. Overall the feedback I took away was that I needed more of the short story to support my claims. This is surprising to me because in previous papers I needed less summary, and I thought that I had fixed that with this paper, but apparently no. I guess I need to work on finding the right amount of summary–not too little, not too much. This is a good goal moving forward and something I will continue to work toward reaching that sweet spot.

This week I got back the first draft of my psychoanalytic paper. I was surprised with the feedback I received in that it was not too harsh. I still need to dive deeper into my thesis and supporting details. I am still a surface level writer. What did surprise me, however, was that my paragraph on women and their animus was the most developed while I thought my paragraph on men and their anima was my best one (when the feedback suggested it needed the most work).

The plan now is to crack down on my revisions. A connection between theis developing my ideas even further. Although I am more than halfway done with writing initial drafts for this class, I still have a lot of work to do.Image result for ed sheeran In relation to Ed Sheeran’s 2017 song Perfect, I need to “just dive right in” to these revisions. This is what I need to do to get these papers as perfect as they can be.




Blog Post #10 : Hay Amores

The time has come to start writing my fourth paper for this class: the psychoanalytic paper. We have been warned that this is perhaps the hardest paper we will write for this class (which after the struggle I had with the summary/evaluation paper I find that hard to believe, but we shall see).

I flipped through our literature anthology to find a short story to work with for this paper since I read The Turn of the Screw and honestly did not care for the book. The first short story that caught my eye was “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” (or “El ahogado mas hermoso del mundo”)Image result for gabriel garcia marquezby Gabriel García Márquez. I have studied García Márquez in my spanish classes so I was immediately intrigued. If I learned anything in my spanish literature class it is that much of famous spanish literature has elements of magical realism, and García Márquez did not stray from these themes as a writer. This famous Columbian writer was beloved by many and is one of the most famous authors within the hispanic community. His 2014 death rocked readers from around the world.

What was even more appealing about working with this short story is that I can dust off my spanish skills that haven’t really been utilized since being abroad last fall and look at the original spanish text myself rather than just relying on the translation from the anthology. By using this short story by García Márquez, I am not only using my spanish minor, but I can also draw a clear connection to my English as a Second Language minor (which is the reason I am taking this class) for perhaps the first time this semester. I can see looking at the english and spanish (or english and first language) versions of texts and then writing a paper in english in response with my future ESL students. I am excited to try and write this paper with my minors in mind

I am attempting to write my psychoanalytic on “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” in relation to Carl Jung’s theory, more specifically the archetypal forms. I know it is tougher to apply Jung compared to Freud or Lacan, but I am quite honestly over Freud having studied him in developmental psych in high school and in educational psych freshman year and Jung’s theory made more sense to me overall. I am excited to see how these ideas will collide and what kind of paper will be produced as the result.

The song I have chosen for this post is of course in spanish and was inspired by Gabo (as García Márquez’s fans affectionately refer to the beloved writer). Shakira wrote three songs for the movie adaptation of García Marquez’s “Love in the time of Cholera”, including this song “Hay Amores” (There are Loves), which relates to Freud, the father of psychoanalytic theory, as it implies that as humans we are sexual creatures in search of ‘love’.