Tuesday, July 5, 2016

On Longing Assignment Guidelines

  • Participate in an in-class discussion. Be prepared to take notes in class. I will read aloud excerpts from the book, On Longing by Susan Stewart.  
  • As a class we will discuss the the ideas and history behind mementos/souvenirs.
  • No handouts or links given for this portion of the assignment.  Must be present in class to listen to reading, take notes and discuss.
  • Personally respond to each of the five quotes I read aloud in class. Personal response to include an image for each quote and a brief statement about why you chose the image. Post on your blog for this class and tag "On Longing". 
  • Select images from your Instagram account. Videos are also acceptable. If you do not have an Instagram account, or do not wish to use your Instagram images/videos, you may take photos/videos specifically for the assignment. Do not use images from the Internet. 

"Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of 
tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in whicoks, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: thish everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Originally published in 1984 (Johns Hopkins University Press), and now available in paperback for the first time, this highly original book draws on insights from semiotics and from psychoanalytic, feminist, and marxist criticism. Addressing the relations of language to experience, the body to scale, and narratives to objects, Susan Stewart looks at the "miniature" as a metaphor for interiority and at the "gigantic" as an exaggeration of aspects of the exterior. In the final part of her essay Stewart examines the ways in which the "souvenir" and the "collection" are objects mediating experience in time and space."
Susan Stewart, Professor of English at Temple University, 
is the author of Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation and Nonsense: Aspects of Intertextuality in Folklore and Literature. -source is Duke Press.  Link here.

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