Friday, January 24, 2014

Why Read Jane Eyre?


Put yourself in a poor orphaned girl's shoes who transcends her station in life through education...

but ultimately finds love...

that is above her class.

HWK for E Block: Read through Chapter 4! 

HWK for D Block: See last post!

For Next Friday, Ekphrasis Project: "A picture paints a thousand words"

1. Select a favorite landscape image.

2. Describe that image in prose or poetry - 500 to 1000 words.

3. Post the image and your words to the blog.

Notes on Ekphrasis

  by Alfred Corn
Ekphrasis (also spelled "ecphrasis") is a direct transcription from the Greek ek, "out of," and phrasis, "speech" or "expression." It's often been translated simply as "description," and seems originally to have been used as a rhetorical term designating a passage in prose or poetry that describes something. More narrowly, it could designate a passage providing a short speech attributed to a mute work of visual art. In recent decades, the use of the term has been limited, first, to visual description and then even more specifically to the description of a real or imagined work of visual art.

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More on Ekphrasis

A few things that I've found interesting and relevant to share in conjunction to this text and today:

Young Jane Eyre is bullied and physically abused by a fourteen year old Master John Reed.

In the BBC 1983 Jane Eyre series, interesting line insertion at minute 3... "Boys will be boys."
What's wrong with that statement?

Plus today's Chapel talk on Diversity reminded me of this TED TALK by Jackson Katz:

Now, among the many great things that Martin Luther King said in his short life was, "In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends. There's been an awful lot of silence in male culture about this ongoing tragedy of men's violence against women and children, hasn't there? There's been an awful lot of silence. And all I'm saying is that we need to break that silence, and we need more men to do that.

Further excerpt:

Now, I know it's a bit pompous, my response, but it's an important distinction, because I don't believe that what we need is sensitivity training. We need leadership training, because, for example, when a professional coach or a manager of a baseball team or a football team -- and I work extensively in that realm as well -- makes a sexist comment, makes a homophobic statement, makes a racist comment, there will be discussions on the sports blogs and in sports talk radio. And some people will say, "Well, he needs sensitivity training." And other people will say, "Well get off it. You know, that's political correctness run amok, and he made a stupid statement. Move on." My argument is, he doesn't need sensitivity training. He needs leadership training, because he's being a bad leader, because in a society with gender diversity and sexual diversity -- (Applause) — and racial and ethnic diversity, you make those kind of comments, you're failing at your leadership. If we can make this point that I'm making to powerful men and women in our society at all levels of institutional authority and power, it's going to change, it's going to change the paradigm of people's thinking.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language --it's from the Latin word cor, meaning heart -- and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And so these folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others,because, as it turns out, we can't practice compassion with other people if we can't treat ourselves kindly. And the last was they had connection, and -- this was the hard part -- as a result of authenticity, they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were, which you have to absolutely do that for connection.


Berwick's History of British Birds

Goldsmith's History of Rome

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