Response for July 9
Respond to readings on culture and language and making
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Melissa Gray - comments on readings for July 9, 2014
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Emily VanLeuvan-Reflections on Readings for July 9, 2014
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al, for “If our understanding of race and culture can ripen and evolve, then new and immeasurable measurements about the uniqueness of our identities become possible” (xiv).
7/8/2014 12:24:05 pm
Before reading Malea Powell’s article, I had one view on rhetoric: the act of analyzing and composing writing. With this in mind, many times my students question whether the symbolic meaning in the novel was intended by the author (and I stress many times). Symbolic meanings are everywhere. However, some readings have no deeper meaning; rather it is just the experience of the writing on the reader. It is from this notion that my students are then in an uproar. A new founding on rhetoric I had never thought of before, that Powell points out, is that objects can be and are rhetoric. From my first exposure to rhetoric in high school, we only analyzed writing, never objects. Powell, however, has completely changed my viewpoint. “Things” hold power. A passage that particularly stands out to me is how baskets are an “intersection of history and creation” (13). Not only do the baskets hold the history of stories, but they also hold the stories that are told when the baskets are made. These baskets, among other creations, hold the history of our ancestors and capture tradition. While reading this article, I tried to make connections to particular items and creations that hold value and deeper meaning to me. I have the embroidery my mother made for mine and my sibling’s rooms when we were born and the scrapbooks depicting each stage of our lives thus far (my mom still does one for each birthday/vacation). I also began to think about food as holding a deeper meaning. For example, my Grandmother makes Congo squares for my Dad for all holidays. Some of my favorite memories with my Grandmother, and still to this day, are making these treats for my Dad. It is the bonding between us that holds the stories in our cooking.
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Ashley Pereira - Critical Analysis 2
7/9/2014 02:19:01 am
I am not a scholar of metaphysics, nor do I wish to be; there is simply is not enough time in the day… and as unscholarly as I am, I do not comprehend The String Theory, hardly. However, I have created my own String Theory, based on one of Da Vinci’s guiding principles, “Everything connects to everything else.” Da Vinci stated (according to stories), “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses. Especially, learn how to see.”
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