Streetcar and Slut-shaming

When Blanche arrives at Stella’s apartment in part by a streetcar named “Desire,” the car seems to be metaphorical for her own desires that have brought her to that point. Her teaching job and her good reputation were lost due to an affair with a 17-year old student, and she had turned to alcoholism, unable…

Simple Aesthetics in Jewett

Sometimes when the world starts to spin out of control, axis-shifting polarity, and the birds flock north; truth melds into a fictional sphere, a gelatinous mess of absurdities and stream of conscious informational overload, the only thing that seems to remain constant is beauty. It seems simple: consciously viewing the qualities of a person, place, or thing that exalts the…

Effective Adaptations of A Streetcar Named Desire

In lecture, Professor Steele mentioned on several occasions that he thinks an all-gay cast of A Streetcar Named Desire would be an interesting take on the classic play. Although there doesn’t seem to be a widely circulated adaptation of this kind, I’ve decided to examine different versions of the original play and analyze what could…

The Past, The Present, & Our Future

As my graduation date gets closer and closer, everyone wants to know what comes next. Where will I be next year, what will I be doing? In trying to figure out the answers to these not so light questions I have been focusing on what I want my future to look like, yet I have…

The United States: A Culture of Improvement

The most interesting thing that I learned in this class concerns the origin of the principle of self-improvement. Self-help books, do-it-yourself guides, and self-improvement manuals all have become a ubiquitous part of Modern American culture since the founding of the United States. It entails a sense of human agency, a freedom to shape ourselves into…

The Great Gatsby, an autobiography?

Some critics of The Great Gatsby have proposed that the novel is actually an autobiography, Nick Carraway being F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I think this is a really interesting idea and an analysis from this perspective would provide good insights about Fitzgerald. Both Carraway and Fitzgerald come from Midwestern upbringings.  Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul,…

1925 Criticism Comparison

In the time of the 1920s, America was booming: people were pushing boundaries, making wealth in whatever way they could. The First World War had just ended, stocks were soaring, and people lived in the moment. Fitzgerald set The Great Gatsby within his own generation, and this task was hard to tackle. It required more detail,…