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April 30, 2007

EL312: The LAST of the last

It's been a long time since my first blogging portfolio. Now, as a graduating senior with her real portfolio interview out of the way, this last blogging portfolio seems like a piece of cake.

I'm not going to address the topic of whether I'm going to keep blogging or not. You all know I've got a job for after graduation, and perhaps I'll be able to keep some sort of log for when I finish moving, getting my new dog, and starting at the new job. But I refuse to discuss it at this time. It's sort of a sensitive issue (well, I'm a sensitive person), and I'd rather just see how things play out.

Without any further yakking, I present blog portfolio 3--the final encounter. You know where to click.

Portfolio III -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Below you'll find the usual list of posts I've made in the period assigned for this third and final portfolio, but first, I'd like to take a moment and reflect a bit. (I feel like a darned mirror, I've been reflecting so much lately, what with being in the home stretch for graduation!)

Since January, I know I've progressed in a variety of ways in literary criticism, and I could go about listing them and all the problems I've encountered and the crunch (in both time and mental capacity) in working within the parameter of the course, however, if you're in my class you already know the things I'm talking about. I know that you know--we all know. Our class has grown so close over the past semester, and I'm grateful for it. We sort of lean on one another, whether it's to let off some steam or just discuss ideas for papers and projects.

I was very unsure of myself in this course. (Four years ago I never would have admitted that--lots of progress, yes?) I felt clueless in how to apply criticism on my own since I felt that I rarely even understood the readings... Over the first four or six weeks, though, I worked myself into a pattern with all of my courses (like I always do). I found that when I allowed myself time to read, digest, reread (if necessary--or just examine my notes), and then write and apply the theories I was most successful.

With all this in mind, it was quite difficult to realize that I couldn't give 100% to 100% of the things in my life (which I've also learned during my time at SHU). I had to give and take with other courses and even with my own life, putting priorities straight (and this course, I admit, was not always one of the top priorities). I've been able to complete all my assignments, though, and I'm proud of the progress I've made in my abilities to intake dense information, discuss it, and then apply it.

I believe that blogging helps me to keep track of my thoughts. While I can't say I've always thought this (like when I have a nice big list of other things I also need to do but I need to write seven blog entries for Monday night...), I know that it's true overall. Even when I've been unable to participate in discussions online, even when I've had to read in advance in order to get everything done, even when I've not understood something at first, when I go back to what I wrote on my blog--because I've put time into what I wrote and I mean what I say--I can use it as a springboard either into my brainstorms for papers, preparation for discussions, or getting myself back on track when I hit a cloud of confusion.

Thanks to all of you in my lit. crit. class who have made what I anticipated as my most difficult class what might be my most enjoyable class (even though it was still difficult). I thought after my first set of readings that I might end up dreading coming to class... but that wasn't so. It was a pleasure to spend time with others who worked hard as we helped each other to just get through.

So peruse my list of links--including my reflections on my term paper, term project, and readings--and know that I've taken steps forward and not backward. Despite sometimes feeling like I'm dragging a bus uphill with chains around my waist, I moved forward. Thanks, everyone. It's been fun.

  • Tempted to insist on a paradox in the "Tempest" [coverage, timeliness]
  • But there isn't one true meaning... [coverage, timeliness]
  • New and Improved! Historicism 3000--for all your critical needs [coverage, timeliness, interaction]
  • Let me get my Marxist 3-D glasses... [coverage, timeliness]
  • de Man knows you don't mean what you said [coverage, depth (i.e. longest blog entry in history), timeliness, discussion]
  • Up to my ears in theory... and liking it (?!) [coverage]
  • ur gonna luv this, 4real :-D (Karissa and Jay's project) [coverage, timeliness]
  • The culture bone's connected to the funny bone [coverage, timeliness]
  • Apostrophizing feminist tendencies: wait--I'm a victim? [coverage, timeliness]
  • We're "fictioning" all the time [coverage, timeliness, discussion]
  • More square pegs [coverage, timeliness]
  • Project Literary Criticism: complete [coverage]
  • My rear-kicking term paper idea [coverage, timeliness]


  • Comment primo: Tiffany's de Man post, Vanessa's post on Barker & Hulme
  • Comment grande: Erin's project post, Kevin's post on Miko
  • Comment informative: Kevin's post on Miko
  • Link gracious: ... I don't have one.

    Considering that I'm drowning in theory, I don't really find it surprising that I posted an extra blog entry about something theoretical. Now if the person living next to me would stop listening to the same song over and over I'd theoretically be able to finish typing this... Seems like I'm theoretically having a tough time letting go of theory now that it's injected into my blood stream (theoretically).

    Blog Carnival
    Lit to teach: blog carnival bungee jump - response to Tiffany's post about introducing literature to students

    And just for fun I'm also posting links to portfolios I and II from this course:
    Portfolio II
    Portfolio I

  • Posted by KarissaKilgore at April 30, 2007 5:16 PM


    Sob...sniff. Last blogging portfolio. :-D WOO HOO!

    Posted by: Amanda at April 30, 2007 11:50 PM

    LOL... thanks, Amanda. Yes, I'm feelings quite accomplished.

    Posted by: Karissa at May 1, 2007 7:38 AM

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