Thursday, March 02, 2006

Start/Finish This Month:

1.) Writing paper one of two for my Bible and Literature class;

2.) Reading All the Names by Jose Saramago (for my Archive in European Culture class);

3.) Working on my conference paper on the nineteenth-century discourse on hysteria (the paper's done in theory. Now comes the hardest part: the seemingly relentless editing);

4.) Reviewing my students' rough drafts/marking their research papers;

5.) With Veronica, organizing food stuff for the conference mentioned in #3;

6.) Reading The Four Wise Men by Michel Tournier (for the Bible and Literature class);

7.) Working on the book and literature reviews for my thesis; and

8.) Re-/Reading--among a number of essays--Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction by Michel Foucault, and "Of Other Spaces" by Michel Foucault (for my final paper for the aforementioned Archive class).

Those are the big things. I left of the tedious little assignments and all the prep-work I have to do for my tutorials. I don't need to see everything in print--I'm feeling overwhelmed enough as it is.

Anyway, I'm off to work on item #1.


Becky said...

Ooooh, I'm curious about your Bible & lit class. Let me know what you're writing on.

Keep pluggin' away, grrrl!

Natalie said...

The Bible and Literature class is basically a class on hypo/hypertextuality with the Bible as the source material. So in addition to studying Genesis, we've studied Paradise Lost and Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers; and in addition to studying the four Gospels and the Acts, we're studying Bulgakov's Master and Margarita (FABULOUS book!) and Michel Tournier's The Four Wise Men. If you're interested, I can forward you some more stuff about it.

As for the paper I'm writing, I discussing how the character of Judas Iscariot changes in the transfer from the Gospels and Acts to Norman Jewison's film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. (I'm particularly interested in how the changes affect any anti-Semitic undertones within the Passion story.

Kerri said...

Oh my, so busy!! Tipping the Velvet...I heard about that when I was flipping through channels. It's a Brit show as well?..I think.

Natalie said...

It's been adapted into a film. Probably a telefilm, if you heard about it while channel surfing. My prof recommended it to me because of my interest in the 19th century circus sideshow/"freak" show.

Kerri said...

Ahh, very cool. I have a book of lists that has some information on children that were born deformed, and eventually made their way to the Circus to be viewed by the public. I'll look for info. online and send it to you to read when you have some spare time!