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possible addition to my schedule: art of the andes; and research dilemma

Ahh! Am I ready to give up the coveted four day weekend? I don’t know, but Art of the Andes looks like a lot of fun! And I love Pre-Colombian art. And it is a 200 level class, which I should be in, opposed to a 300 level where the prerequisite was eliminated for a semester.

I’m talking to my advisor tomorrow, and that’ll help. Seriously, everyone: talk to your advisors. They are so super helpful!

And on another AHH and UGH moment. AHH: I have an actual thesis for my Auden paper! I am talking about how he uses biblical imagery and the phrase “felix osculum,” a variant of “felix culpa” or fortunate fall, in his agruement that marriage is less selfish and more self-serving than carnal love.

UGH moment: Lucy Snowe hates Catholics. Lucy Snowe pretends to be a Catholic. Lucy Snowe falls in love with a Catholic. Lucy Snowe is a better person. Lucy Snowe still hates Catholics. What?! I’m having a lot of trouble understanding anti-Papal tendencies in Victorian England in relation to Villette. There were a lot of novels about a woman falling under the spell of the church, but Villette seems to portray them as not completely “other”  yet Lucy still expresses all this scorn towards them. Again, I’m going to talk to my professor on Thursday about this, and hopefully I can gain some insight into what Bronte is doing.

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update on research, life, latin.

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so busy with research and Latin conventions. The crazy college life is what I am living.

Research in Victorian Literature is going really well, I’m looking at how Catholicism and Theater are related in Villette as catalysts for Lucy Snowe, the heroine going from a passive audience member in her own life to the lead character. In Modern Poetry I switched back to Auden after too much research that resulted in nothing for Mina Loy. Now I am looking at the combination of Christian vs. Pagan images in “In Sickness and In Health” by Auden and how it relates to Marriage v. Carnal Love argument.

Also, I literally just got back from the Eta Sigma Phi (National Latin Honor Society) Convention. Mostly it was a lot of annoying, seemingly pointless, bureaucratic meetings, but I did go to a really cool seminar about looking at modern Poetry in the context of Classical works.

Well, I’m off to go write my research proposals.

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Mina Loy eats Auden[‘s place in my brainstorming process]

So I haven’t written in awhile, probably a result of my Victorian Lit paper being due on Wednesday, my brainstorming for 2 10 page/1 20 page paper for Modern Poetry, and the three articles I decided to sign up for for the next Profile edition.

Also, I rediscovered Netflix insta-watch.

But guess which of my writing goals for this week would be helped  by my blogging?!?

If you know anything about feminist, Modernist poets, you probably guessed right. Or if you read the title of this blog post. My brainstorming for Modern Poetry class.

Originally I wanted to write a 20 page paper about Auden because I adore Auden and he is pretty awesome at poetry. And I still plan to write a 10 page paper about him.

But I then discovered Mina Loy, by means of Rachel Trousdale, the wonderful prof for Modern Poetry. And Mina is wonderful as well. It is pretty cool how she was a heterosexual feminist when those ideas were running mostly in circles of homosexual women. Plus Mina was hanging out with all these super misogynistic men. Yet she just rocked it out and wrote these poems with a unique perspective.

We were discussing in class the other day her spin on the ideas of the Imagist poets, like H.D, with the addition of the “I’  in the poem and how the reaction of a speaker changes the philosophy and interpretation of the poem. I think for my paper I’d like to write about this in the context of her poem “Sketch of a Man on a Platform.” But I’m not sure if this is breaking the rules of the paper that we are only supposed to write about one poet. I won’t be writing about H.D or other Imagist poets specifically, but it would be helpful if I could allude to them as secondary sources for the main idea. I think this will be okay for the paper, but I’m planning on meeting with Prof. Trousdale soon to discuss it.

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english major-not yet

The whole point of this blog is my journey as an English Literature major at Agnes Scott. But technically I am still undeclared. The first step: I need to pick an adviser. I already have a wonderful Art History adviser, but I am not going to be an Art History major. Maybe a double major with English, but I’m not sure about that yet.

So I have to pick an adviser. But the entire English department is so wonderful. The three professors I’ve had are all so nice. Though for the adviser preference sheet, I have three preference available. So I suppose I will just put down all of them.

Once I get an adviser in my department, I can officially declare my major.

I’m already well on my way to being pretty ingrained in the English department. Last semester, I took American Literature Post 1700, and this semester I’m taking Modern Poetry and the Women Question in Victorian Literature.

Currently Reading: Villette by Charlotte Bronte, “Carmilla” by Sheridan leFanu, various Ezra Pound poems, and A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner

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