Revision and Final Completion of Blog!

Posted on December 24, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

          I remember the very first day that I started the course. I was a bit nervous when I found out that it was a blog course. I have never taken a blog course before. This class was my first. I was pretty skeptical about it, because I am use to the classes with manual work every day and exams consistently. The idea of us having to write on a blog site made me feel as though it would probably not be so effective. I was completely 100% wrong. I prefer a blog course now over a regular manual traditional course. I absolutely felt as though a blog course gives the students freedom of speech and power of something; their own blog site. Getting an assignment and posting it online with my other peers was a wonderful experience. It allowed me to become very expressive and opinionated in an informal way as long as I felt comfortable enough to get my point across to my audience. Most people log onto to their laptops or personal computers at least two to three times a day; depending on the person probably more. The fact that a majority of people do log onto to their computers daily, it really wasn’t a fuss or hassle to get the blogs done, because once a chapter or section was read, it was very easy to log on and say whatever was on your mind to fulfill the requirements of the assignment. Also we weren’t restricted to just that. The blog site could have been used to add additional things that weren’t exactly specified about the text, and some of own personalized thoughts and even things so off the board like venting. To sum it up, I loved this blog course and blogging idea. It was a great success to learn and enjoy it as well.

                   In my opinion, I believe and think that this course should be a global literature course. The reason why I feel this way is because since day one in the beginning of the semester, all of the texts that we have written are all different in culture, race, values and ethnicity. I loved the diverse spectrum that professor Gross provided to us. I thought it was fantastic that we had such a variety to read, and as well as us reading and developing more intellect, we also were able to be educated on some cultures and their backgrounds and history. I thought that that was absolutely brilliant and very effective. It is so easy for us to naturally be narrow minded and caught up in our own box and culture in society, so it was really beneficial to broaden my mind and see how other countries and cultures adapt and what the positive and negative outlooks were. That was definitely without a doubt one of the things that worked for me in this course.

                  Another thing that worked for me is when a text is so far beyond confusing and feeling helpless; coming into class and being honest about how confusing it was helpful. It was great when we were all able to discuss the clues and main points that we got from the text as a class, and any gaps that we couldn’t fill in on our own, professor Gross was kind and patient enough to go through every detail and really get the core out of the text in order for us to fully grasps the concept and what was going on. One text in particular that would be a great example to this would be “The Sound and the Fury.” That was an extremely difficult and complex text. I must say and admit that the author is extremely talented to have been able to write such a long and complex novel and allowing the main character to have a mental illness. Even that being so complex and incomprehensible on its own, there were tons of characters and a lot of things going on. All of the feedback given by peers and the professor guiding us along the right path was truly a great method for tightly grasping onto something that if we let go even slightly, we would have been lost. That brings me to say that that text didn’t work for. Although I had support from my peers and the professor, as well as outside sources, that text not only was one of my least favorites, but it also did not really tie into the multi-cultural global texts that we had a pleasure of reading and discussing. I felt like this text was out of place compared to the other texts.

                   Persepolis, Drown, and The Woman Warrior I must say were my favorite texts. I must say that The Heart of Darkness I enjoyed as well. As previously discussed; these texts really represent global history. They all have to do with different backgrounds, culture and ethnicities. It opened up my mind and views tremendously because it allowed me to learn not just about my African American roots that I’ve learned and been taught about since I was a toddler, but also that Asian cultures, Dominican cultures and the Islam culture had and still have many hardships of their own. It took me out of my naive mindset and made me understand and dive into their oceans for a few days and weeks and really see and know what it was all about. I am truly grateful and happy to have that knowledge with me forever. Even though these were my favorite texts, I do not think that the other ones were purposely. They indeed had a purpose and they are still outstanding work from marvelous authors; I just personally felt a connection more to those that I have mentioned. Each text had significance. Heart of Darkness was very racist, Woman Warrior was a struggle with oneself and how to develop a voice that needed to be heard, The Sound and The Fury showed what went on in a mental person’s mind, Persepolis showed the strict and hard living in Iran and the revolution and the very strict standards that needed to be showcased and met, Dream from my father I felt was a political book; but it also unfolded Obama’s personality and motives; and so on and so forth. Each text was unique and had its own meaning and purposes. Not to mention we read a lot of poems. Most people presume poems to be very simple, but these poems were far from that. They were very long and have a meaning that was very in-depth. They needed nurturing and patience to unfold every word and stanza. Which was okay, and the reason for this is because it taught us how to do a close reading, which is beneficial throughout our college education as English majors.

            The first assignment for this course was for us to write why we like to read and what reading meant to us. I have never been asked that before, or even thought about it. For me to actually sit there and think about what it meant to me was an excellent exercise that for the first time in my life allowed me to find myself and see why I became an English major and why I enjoy books so much. Ever since I was a little girl, reading and writing was never something I struggled with or didn’t have patience for. It came to me naturally and I enjoyed it very much. I decided to become an English major because I would love to one day allow my students to have the same passion and desire that I have in reading. It not only opens up the mind, but it also educates you about many things in the world. Whether it is a text that’s fictional or non-fictional, they both serve the same purpose. They allow us to not only improve our grammar and literacy skills, but it gives us an opportunity to discover anything and everything. That only helps us to become better individuals and have an open mind to life and many aspects of the world and society.

            In time, I will continue to be more intrigued with literature and learn to appreciate every text regardless of how complicated it might be. It just means we have to baby them and take our time, and use our thinking caps and English majors to find out the “whys” and “how comes”, and that is worth it because that’s what makes us better readers, future scholars and embrace fine work.  I am glad that Caitlin agrees with me, because I also hate the canon and feel as though no one should tell me what is worth being read. We all have our own opinions and should get that opinion within our own taste and likings. Overall it was a terrific course with great texts that challenged our minds for the better. Each day in class was like being in a different era or country. We felt and accepted different cultures, themes and scenarios with opened arms. It led to great blogs and class discussions. I got out this course with not just another grade on a transcript, but a global outlook on life and literature that is implanted in my brain that I will proudly carry on in discussions and future courses, as well as my personal life. Thank you Professor Gross for a unique and salubrious course.

Final Blog

Posted on December 23, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

       I remember the very first day that I started the course. I was a bit nervous when I found out that it was a blog course. I have never taken a blog course  before. This class was my first. I was pretty skeptical about it, because I am use to the classes with manual work everyday and exams consistently. The idea of us having to write on a blog site made me feel as though it would probably not be so effective. I was completely 100% wrong. I prefer a blog course now over a regular manual traditional course. I absolutely felt as though a blog course gives the students freedom of speech and power of something; their own blog site. Getting an assignment and posting it online with my other peers was a wonderful experience. It allowed me to become very expressive and opinionated in an informal way as long as I felt comfortable enough to get my point across to my audience. Most people log onto to their laptops or personal computers at least two to three times a day; depending on the person probably more. The fact that a majority of people do log onto to theor computers daily, it really wasn’t a fuss or hassle to get the blogs done, because once a chapter or section was read, it was very easy to log on and say whatever was on your mind to fulfill the requirements of the assignment. Also we weren’t restricted to just that. The blog site could have been used to add additional things that weren’t exactly specified about the text, and some of own personalized thoughts, and even things so off the board like  venting. To sum it up, I loved this blog course and blogging idea. It was a great success to learn and enjoy it as well.

                   In my opinion, I believe and think that this course should be a global literature course. The reason why I feel this way os because since day one in the beginning of the semester,, all of the texts that we have written are all different in culture, race, values and ethnicity. I loved the diverse spectrum that professor Gross provided to us. I thought it was fantastic that we had such a variety to read, and as well as us reading and developing more intellect, we also were able to be educated on some cultures and their backgrounds and history. I thought that that was absolutely brilliant and very effective. It is so easy for us to naturally be narrow minded and caught up in our own box and culture in society, so it was really beneficial to broaden my mind and see how other countries and cultures adapt and what the positive and negative outlooks were. That was definitely without a doubt one of the things that worked for me in this course.

                  Another thing that worked for me is when a text is so far beyond confusing and feeling helpless; coming into class and being honest about how confusing it was was helpful. It was great when we were all able to discuss the clues and main points that we got from the text as a class, and any gaps that we couln’t fill in on our own, professor Gross was kind and patient enough to go through every detail and really get the core out of the text in order for us to fully grasps the concept and what was going on. One text in particualr that would be a great example to this would be “The Sound and the Fury.” That was an extremely difficult and complex text. I must say and admit that the author is extremely talented to have been able to write such a long and complex novel and allowing the main character to have a mental illness. Even that being so complex and incomprehensible on its own, there were tons of characters and a lot of things going on. All of the feed back given by peers and the professor guiding us along the right path was truly a great method for tightly grasping onto omething that if we let go even slightly, we would have been lost. That brings me to say that that text didn’t work for. Although I had support from my peers and the professor, as well as outside sources, that text not only was one of my least favorites, but it also did not really tie into the multi cultural global texts that we had a pleasure of reading and discussing. I felt like this text was out of place compared to the other texts.

                   Persepolis, Drown and The Woman Warrior I must say were my favorite texts. I must say that The  Heart of Darkness I enjoyed as well. As previously discussed; these texts really represent global history. They all have to do with different backgrounds, culture and ethnicities. It opened up my mind and views tremendously because it allowed me to learn not just about my African American roots that I’ve learned and been taught about since I was a toddler, but also that Asian cultures, Dominican cultures and the Islam culture had and still have many hardships of their own. It took me out of my naive mindset and made me understand and dive into their oceans for a few days and weeks and really see and know what it was all about. I am truly grateful and happy to have that knowledge with me forever. Even though these were my favorite texts, I do not think that the other ones were purposely. They indeed had a purpose and they are still outstanding work from marvelous authors; I just personally felt a connectionb more to those that I have mentioned. Each text had a significance. Heart of Darkness was very racist, Woman Warrior was a struggle with oneself and how to develop a voice that needed to be heard, The Sound and The Fury showed what went on in a mental person’s mind, Persepolis showed the strict and hard living in Iran and the revolution and the very strict standards that needed to be showcased and met, Dream from my father I felt was a political book; but it also unfolded Obama’s personality and motives; and so on and so forth. Each text was unique and had its own meaning and purposes. Not to mention we read a lot of poems. Most people presume poems to be very simple, but these poems were far from that. they were very long and have a meaning that was very indepth. They needed nuturing and patience to unfold every word and stanza. Which was okay because it taught us how to do a close reading, which is beneficial throughout our college education as English majors.

                      In time, I will continue to be more intrigued with literature and learn to appreciate ever text regardless of how complicated it might be. It just means we have to baby them and take our time, and use our thnking caps and English majors to find out the “whys” and “how comes”, and that is worth it because thats what makes us better readers, future scholars and embrace fine work.  I am glad that Caitlin agree with me, because I also hate the canon and feel as though no one should tell me what is worth being read. We all have our own opinions and should get that opinion within our own taste and likings. Overall it was a terrific course with great texts that challenged our minds for the better. each day in class was like being in a different era or country. We felt and accepted different cultures, themes and scenarios with opened arms. It led to great blogs and class discussions. I got out this course with not just another grade on a transcript, but a global outlook on life and literature that is implanted in my brain that I will proudly carry on in discussions and  future courses, as well as my personal life. Thank you professor Gross for a unique and salubrious course.

Semester Over? I’m going to miss this class!

Posted on December 12, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe that the semester is over. Writing our blogs and discussing them in class was a great way to do work without physically having to manually submit work in the classroom. It was done in the comfort of our home on our own time with ease, concentration and fun. I will never have a class like this again. I am a bit disappointed in it ending because it will be over for good and I am going to miss reading my peers responses and discussing them in class to see how we all came up with different ideas and opinions. Well I guess all good things must come to an end. This class is a class I will always remember and treasure. Its great to know that I have this blog site forever and I can always utilize it. :)

Madness or Silence? Which one is about Maxine herself? Hmmmm..

Posted on December 8, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

I naturally would steer more on the silence side when it comes to Maxine. Although on the other hand, it is quite slightly apparent that madness  could be about herself as well. Now that I think hard about it…she truly is depicted in both states of silence and madness. Silence is a category that she fits into more and is more obvious. It is hard for her to be in the chinese culture and be a woman. There is a standard and she is at the bottom as a woman, so she has to keep her tongue in her mouth and swallow her pride in many circumstances. As much as she doesn’t want to swallow things, all her life she had to. She gradually started coming out of that shell and releasing her thoughts and allowing her voice to be heard, which was suprisingly awesome. That was when madness came into the picture. She was fed up with enduring so much throughout her entire life and watching her closest family and well as just her people in general be degraded and mistreated. She decided to be the black sheep. She knew that she would get a lot of negativity from it, but she realized she was going to stop caring so much and just do what she thought was right. In her case, Silence WAS NOT Golden!!!!! So therefore, she broke her silence with her madness and tiresome and became this powerful and opinionated individual. Being a woman in her culture was extremely difficult for her to have a normal fair life. For me it was hard to fahom what life was like for her and many woman in her shoes. Maxine broke the silence and it was phenominal. So which one is about Maxine herself? Well, clearly both.

Difference in Maxine’s mother

Posted on December 6, 2010 by cassyp1986.
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There was definitely a difference between the mother in those two sections. In both sections, first and foremost I must say that she is indeed a wonderful kind person who has a good heart towards everyone. She also does not allow things and people to get to her so much. I really admire that about her a lot. I see that she becomes a stronger woman! He bravery gets more and more courageous and it was really great for me to see that progress. I was very impressed that she decided to go to medical school. That is not the norm at all in the chinese culture, but she decided to gain independence and have right of choice to do and accomplish what was best for her and no one else, regardless of what people thought about her. I must say that I did notice a battlw within herself because she at times seemed confused about what life she should be living.

The Woman Warrior-NOt so dissimilar! Maxine I’m so proud of you!!

Posted on December 1, 2010 by cassyp1986.
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I am sure that I was not the only one who immediately assumed that this was about a woman who has participated in the war because she didn’t have a choice and she was fighting for her human race and country and endured a lot of pain and strugggles. Unfortunately to my suprise that was not what the book was about at all. Maxine is a woman that is fighting innternally. She is fighting with that soul inside of her. She is trying to be sagacious and in a world that women were looked at to be nothing but breeders. Women are just looked as to be wives and bredd children for theie spouses, cook, clean and so all the chores that they are entitled to do and they don’t have a voice. Maxine knows that her culture is very strict on men being superior and women are like live bodies with deceased souls. I was very shocked and upset to read that her aunt killed herself!!! I don’t think that there is anything that is sooooo awful that would have to make a person stoop to that level to take their own life. Her aunt was a woman who was afraid and didn’t have an ounce of courage. Maxine on the other hand has something that her wunt never had and thats a shield. Maxine blocks all of the negativity and torment and tries to unfold her inner being. She is in battle with society and her family and entirely country and culture. Maxine is a brave woman with a lot of heart and wisdom and doesn’t give up. I am so proud of her because it must be soooo hard. I can’t even imagine the damage that must have been done to her mentally and emotionally. She tackled the shame and allowed herself not to hide in a shell no matter how impossible it felt. She stood up for herself and allowed her feminine voice to be heard. Maxine is a warrior!!! Her voice and ability to keep her head up are her weapons and her culture are the enemy. Maxine to be is better than a warrior, she is a WOMAN who knows her WORTH.

Barack Obama, totally using this for political gain!

Posted on November 26, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

I thought that this autobiography was pretty good, but I must say that I also thought that it was clever. I felt as though it was clever because to me his intentions were to definitely gain political exposure and put himself out there to have an swesome chance to become the president of the USA. I kind of feel bad saying that, but I totally believe that its true. I have nothing against Obama, I mean hey I did vote for him; but I think that this book should of been strictly about him and thats it!! Not about upper class and lower class and all these topics he throws in there that basically gives himself away for the reader to think “oh yea this is for political gain”. This book was a passage to having his votes be concrete before election day. I thought he was pretty sneaky and it worked! It worked for him and thats great, but I’m a little disappointed because I would of loved to see his life outside of the political reflection period.

Blogs that interested me..

Posted on November 19, 2010 by cassyp1986.
Categories: Uncategorized.

-Nicole’s blog was great! I really enjoyed reading it because she really explained very well on the story “how to date a black girl, white girl or halfie”. I liked how she spoke about the cultured and society. It’s nice to know that we were pratically on the same page, but she said it flawlessly. Gave me a better insight on it.

-LisaMarie’s blog was cool. Its obvious that we both, and I think like everyone else were really intrigued by the title of the story first and thought it was funny and when we read it it was more than humor. It was reality to him and life lesson he took seriously.

-I really liked Eric’s entry “Finally…Drown!”. We are both totally on the same page with how realistic and fresh the language is and the bold slang use of the suthor’s language makes it so great to read! TS&TF was defibitely a bore, but this book is so fascinating and mind grappling. Thanks Eric! So glad we see eye to eye on this. :)

My favorite Diaz story

Posted on November 17, 2010 by cassyp1986.
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Oh my goodness! Well, this certaintly isnt a hard question for me to answer at all; my favorite story is and had to be without even thinking….”How to date a white girl, black girl or halfie”. I honestly thought that this story was HILARIOUS! When I read the title, I thought immediately that it would be offensive, not just to me as a black woman; but to a hisoanic or white woman as well. I shocked myself to see that I wasn’t offended at all! I turly hope that no one was offended either! I really loved this story because I loved how Diaz explained the difference between the three and his stereotypical naive comments :D. He used so much open language and slang and even some profanity ofcourse, but it was still really captivating to read. I hate to say it, but some of the things that he was saying about the different women might be true because there is a stereotype for each race and its something that society makes up by what they see and how they see the women raised and how they carry and portray themselves. Even though we fall in that category and we aren’t like that, it might be because some or even one carried that persona so strongly that people, mainly men; make us all seem to be that particular way even though we really aren’t. I thought that story was so unique, just like all his other ones, but ofcourse that one really grasped my attention the most. I know a lot of Dominican men personally and a lot of them have the characteristics and mentality like Diaz. Not all of them are that way but because a majority of them are, are brains are unconsciously forced to be stereotypical towards them and just put them in one category. It’s amazing how much we do that and don’t mean to. Diaz’ story was just a reflection how we are on a daily basis….think about it? Very interesting.

Diaz’s voice

Posted on November 15, 2010 by cassyp1986.
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I personally love the narrator’s voice. I think that it is awesome for numerous reasons. First of all I love his somehat careless, yet genuine way of talking to his audience (us the readers). He speaks in a way where proper grammer and ettiquette isn’t his main priority. I think his main priority was to get his thoughts and emotions out as real as possible without sugar coating and I like the bluntness in his words and tone in the stories.  I think he has a natural gift that isn’t forceful at all! His way of writing really unfolds in a way that he is being himself but still worth being published and interesting for everyone no matter what age, race or color to read, relate and enjoy. His voice in his stories keeps the readers interested and intrigued all the way.

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