Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton is a symbol of Romantic ideals: dying young with his genius unrecognised and dying alone surrounded by the squalor of a London garret. Chatterton went to London hoping to become a famous poet, but since he did not immediately achieved the poetic recognition he expected, he was seized by despair and committed suicide. Chatterton therefore embodies rural innocence killed by the city's evil influence. He represents the fragmentary, the genius which didn't reach its plenitude. His suicide is the symbol of the Romantic courtship of Despair, the result of the world's callous neglect of true genius.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Call me Ishmael (Moby-Dick)

Both Ahab and Ishmael are fascinated by the whale, but whereas Ahab perceives him exclusively as evil, Ishmael keeps an open mind. Ahab has a static world view, blind to new information, but Ishmael's world view is constantly in flux as new insights and realizations occur. "And flux in turn ... is the chief characteristic of Ishmael himself."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Double consciousness

After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, --a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, --an American, a Negro; two warning souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, --this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.

W.E.B. DuBois ''Of Our Spiritual Strivings'' in The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

(e.g. Claude McKay, Countee Cullen)

Hispanic American Literatures

e.g. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waldo by Junot Díaz

From Oscar's childhood, it was clear that he would never live up to the stereotype of the Dominican man. (...) Due wore his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens. Couldn't have passed for Normal if he'd wanted to.
Returning to the Dominican Republic for the summer is simply the reality for many Dominican families, but it also represents an important shift in Oscar's life goals. In the DR, he still faces difficulties, but his skin color is not a hindrance to his life goals. Once he returns to the United States, however, he is reminded that certain jobs (like writing genre fiction) are reserved for certain people (white people). Once again, the novel presents racism as something that can be internalized by people of color, as Al, Miggs, and Oscar's mother all deride Oscar's writing because it is too ''white''. Oscar starts to use writing as a way to cope with the injustices he sees in the world, as well as a way to create a safe space for himself. Oscar suffers from a crisis of identity because his physical appearance does not match the cultural image of the type of person he would like to be. His first experience living in a majority-white environment is jarring, but the reaction of his fellow students of color is more hurtful in a a way, because the other Latino students also have narrow ideas about what people with dark skin should be allowed to do.

The white kids looked at his black skin and his afro and treated him with inhuman cheeriness. The kids of color, upon hearing him speak and seeing him move his body, shook their heads. You're not Dominican. And he said, over and over again, But I am. Soy dominicano. Dominicano soy.

Conclusion: You can be successful and still relate to your own culture!!! OPEN YOUR MIND.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

1x2 The Get Down

"No," the two replied and Zeke stepped forward, "If I'm gonna rhyme, I need a beat. One that don't retire 'cause Ma's making Rice-A-Roni with real cheese - and the chili ground meat. I need a DJ who spins 1010 WINS and don't give up over no crayon, man. Here comes the judge and I'm the lawyer. He Huck Finn and I'm Tom Sawyer. If you believe in Flash, then I do, too."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

04x01 A Good Treason VIKINGS

''I have to leave!''
''I am a wanderer, I do not belong here, I do not belong in Paris... I am a wanderer, I belong to the wide wide world...''
''If you want me to stay, you'll have to cut off my feet!''
''We may meet again, after all everything that goes around comes around.''