April 28, 2007

There is creativity in criticism?

Well, on April 19, 2007, my literary criticism class took lit crit to a whole new level. Everything from skits on "A Streetcar Named Desire" to a website on Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and lots in between. The applications on the things that we have learned to our favorite things made for one amazingly funny and interesting night.

Let's start of with the group that pretty much blew everyone else out of the water. Karissa and Jay presented on "A Streetcar Named Desire" and how that can be translated into AIM Chat. There renditions were interesting, but what I enjoyed more was their assertion that this kind of "writing" could be used in order to do prewriting activities with students. I jumped all over that being the elementary teacher that I am and presented a con argument for it, but I can see where they are coming from too. I absolutely howled when they did their skit at the end. It was very thought out and well played on both their parts.

The next people to go were Val and myself. We didn't plan our time very well and thus did not get through all of our information, however, we have had some interest in the blog. Well, Val's entry on The Uncanny has had some interest. Also, Mitchell checked out the blog and he (as a fan) seemed to like it a lot so it was good to see that. Throughout working on our presentation I did learn more about MT than I thought I ever would. With the technical difficulties that we had, I had to learn fast too! It was interesting to see how ever little number I changed in the index would change some small aspect of the blog that I never even knew was there until I went to try and change it.

Speaking of Mitchell, he and Gina did an excellent job on theirs as well. I would have never thought to do a MySpace page! They used YouTube clips and explained how cartoon characters can fit into idea of the implied or ideal reader. Some of the clips they showed were a bit graphic, but it proved their point that the ideal viewer differs from place to place.

I also enjoyed Vanessa and Diana's presentation. They created a very attractive website for "Sleeping Beauty" and applied several of the techniques that we have been studying. It is easy to tell that the two of them worked very long and very hard on this. Vanessa mentioned during the presentation that Diana did a lot of the work in .html formating and that just amazes me. I wish, at times, that I could do that.

The other presentations that night I didn't really understand. Because I don't follow music I couldn't really get into their examples. I felt bad because I didn't understand so I couldn't participate in their presentations.

The last presentation occured just this week. Denamarie and Lorin presented an amazing video rendition of "The Yellow Wall-paper" that paralleled "Garden State." They made really good connections and the rewrites of the scenes were awesome too. I would never have been able to make those connections. (Mostly because I haven't ever seen "Garden State" the whole way through, but I definitely think that these two could be directors some day! :-) I also liked that one of their actors (the girl that played the narrator (Katie Burns)) is the now Vice President of MAW. Hurray!

Phew. There were a lot of presentations and a lot of really good ideas. One never knows what to expect going into these things and I certainly did not expect what happened.

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 28, 2007 7:18 PM | TrackBack

Thanks for a great wrap-up, Tiffany. You are so expertly skilled at constructing knowledge by pulling together insights from your peers.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 28, 2007 9:59 PM

No problem Dr. Jerz. I was just trying to keep with the topics assigned! But at the same time I do seem to have a knack for pulling together information. Hopefully this will show through in my blog carnival.

Posted by: Tiffany at April 29, 2007 4:35 PM
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