A few things I’ve learned . . . .

–From Ralph, I learned that the gigantism of Brobdingnagian women (Brown) works against their appropriation, and renders Gulliver’s own misogyny ridiculous.  This could be considered the anti-anti-feminist moment in GT, his own (misogynistic) critique of the economic misogyny described by Irigaray.

–From Alyse, I realized that Gulliver’s plight in Houhynymland, first losing his own clothes and then replacing them with Yahoo-skins, is mirrored in the plight of the Laputan noblewoman, who has pawned her Cloths, and is found in the Eating-House all in Rags.  As Brown has noticed, the loss of clothes announces a loss of dignity.

–From Alyse and Alyssa, I realized that Swift and Butler share a common hostility to utopian thought and language-schemes, and a certain reticence about stating their own views in positive terms.

–From Katie M and JD, I learned how the species-knowledge that Gulliver learns in Houhynymland is intimately connected with the displacements caused by print.

–From Christine, I learned the importance of Gulliver, like Robinson Crusoe, being alone in his shipwreck, and how strange it is that Gulliver is so powerless in Lilliput, the one place where he might have power (others argued this, as well).

That’s all I can think of, for now.  If other stuff occurs to me, I’ll post it here.

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful semester.

Happy holidays,


ETA on Grades

Good Evening Dr. Mazella –

Do you have an ETA on when we can expect grades to be posted?


Final Paper due 5 pm today in my office or mailbox.

I’ll be expecting the final papers, along with earlier drafts and comments, handed in today by 5 pm. Those who wish to have comments should hand in by the end of the week an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) large enough to hold a commented paper, and I’ll mail this back over the winter break. Otherwise, the papers will receive a numerical score and letter grade and will be placed on my door before I leave town this weekend.

Any other late or missing work should come to me before I hand in final grades this Friday. I will count down for anything handed in after this evening, and will not hand in a grade unless the personal assessment essay and personal statement are handed in, as well. If I find anything missing, I should be able to notify you by tonight or tomorrow.

Good luck, and have a good holiday,

David Mazella

Updated Due Dates: Blogging Portfolio, Monday 12/15; Final Essay Wednesday 12/17

Hi everyone,

Sorry I’ve been taking so long with the feedback for the latest drafts etc.  My home computer had a mini-meltdown with a trojan horse virus, and I’ve been dealing with that. I’ll finish up the remaining drafts/comments ASAP and get those to you via email.  Since I’ve been so slow, I’ll make the new deadline for the final research essay WEDNESDAY 12/17 at 5 pm.  Please be sure to hand in all your previous commented drafts with your final version.

It’s also been called to my attention that I put down the 13th as my due date for the blogging portfolio.  The easiest way to deal with this, I’ve decided, is to make the due date for blogging portfolios MONDAY 12/15 at 5 pm.  The magic number is at least 7 posts, at least a paragraph long, and students are encouraged to revise any typos or problems in their writing.  If you wish, you may also include a few sentences up front about any problems you had or insights you gained from the blogging portion of the class.  These posts may be your own postings, like the ones Ralph or Sondra have added, your responses to my postings, repeated postings to the same thread, etc.  Things like your group work, outlines, etc. will not count for this requirement for the course.  This must be handed in for you to receive a grade. You have until the Due Date to finish up your postings.

Similarly, make sure that all your group work is completed and posted before Monday.  I believe that I am still missing one personal statement from the group work, so email it to me if you haven’t done one.

Post questions here or email if you have any other concerns.

Good luck,


Final Question Before the Semester Ends!

Since it’s 10:30 AM and I have nothing better to do, I have decided to formulate a question to pose to my colleagues to sort of finalize the semester. Don’t see it as extra work, see it as an opportunity to have one more post on your Blog Portfolio!

Out of all of the critical theorists that we studied, which do you feel you can apply to other courses in the future? How will you make this connection and what concepts do you feel this theorists brings forth that could be applicable in other realms?

Personally, I feel that the most applicable theorists would be those that revolved around feminism, which are Irigaray and Butler. I feel that feminism is a recurring problem that transgresses the binds of time and is applicable to a majority of thoughts, ideas, and concepts that have ever been recorded. With Irigaray’s view of women as commodities and Butler’s understanding of the foundation of feminism, I feel I have a strong enough knowledge to attach these critical theories into future work that involves women, feminism, or any type of work that is produced from a patriarchal society.

It was amazing to share the semester with you guys!

The Aristocrats

We saw it this weekend….you are right, it was horrible. But…..I now understand why you suggested it after I posted that joke. Thanks

Edward Said – Annotated Bibliography

JD Woodward

Maria Von Furstenburg

Julianna Hoffman

Said: Orientalism Annotated Bib

Moore-Gilbert, Bart. Postcolonial Theory: Contexts, Practices, Politics. New York: Verso, 1997.

In the chapter two, Said’s theory is used to better understand Western Representation of the East and the impact of Western materialism in politics. Moore-Gilbert emphasizes the importance and impact of Said’s idea or Orientalism on all disciplines of studies. There is a focus on describing Said’s employment of Marx, Foucault, and Gramsci to explain the dynamics of power and perception. The chapter also points out and discusses some criticism and contradictions found in Said’s theory.

Singh, Amritjit and Bruce G. Johnson. Interviews with Edward W. Said. Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.

In one of the interviews in this book entitled “Orientalism Revisited: An Interview with Edward W. Said”, the interviewer asks Said questions that give the reader helpful background. The interview begins with asking Said about how the theory originated and where the theory of Orientalism has had the most impact. The interview asks Said about the connection of his theory to literature as well as relating it to circumstances of other countries. Said also elaborates on key concepts that he uses in his writings which give readers a clearer more direct understanding of the ideas.

Said, Edward W. , and James Paul. “Orientalism Revisited: An Interview with Edward W. Said.” MERIP Middle East Report Jan 1988: 32-36. JSTOR.University of Houston. 08 Dec 2008 .

This article is an interview with Edward Said discussing his views of orientalism and how they originated. It also discusses what Said wanted to accomplish through orientalism. The article continues with modern day applications of Said’s argument and what he thinks of the issues raised in the questioning.

Bernstein, Richard. “Edward W. Said, Literary Critic and Advocate for Palestinian Independence, Dies at 67.” The New York Times 26 Sep 2003 1-4. 8 Dec 2008 <http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D06E5D6153DF935A1575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1&gt;.

This is an article written for the New York Times concerning the death of Edward Said. The article is a brief biography of Said and his life. It gives highlights of his political views, his works and the impact that they have had on society at large. It also discusses Said as a great advocate for Palestinian independence and discusses “Orientalism.”

Sered, Danielle. Orientalism. Course home page. 1996. Dept. of English, Emory University. Nov. 2, 2008. <http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Orientalism.html&gt;

This webpage is part of the postcolonial studies course at Emory University and focuses specifically on Orientalism. It is particularly helpful in understanding Said as it defines several key terms from the essay and gives a brief, less dense paraphrase of Said’s intentions towards Orientalism.

Singh, Amaradeep. An Introduction to Edward Said, Orientalism, and Postcolonial Literary Studies. Sept. 24, 2004. Lehigh University. Nov. 1, 2008. <http://www.lehigh.edu/~amsp/2004/09/introduction-to-edward-said.html&gt;

In 2004 the author of this webpage was on a panel at Lehigh University to speak about Said’s legacy within the sphere of his contribution to literary studies, the representation of islam, and his political advocacy. Singh was on the panel to speak about literary studies, specifically “Orientalism” and “Culture and Imperialism”. The website is an abbreviated version of the presentation he gave and provides great insight into the text.


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