February 19, 2005

Open season: class w/o prof

On Thursday in my Media Aesthetics course with Dr. Jerz, or more accurately without Dr. Jerz that day, my classmates, Anne Stadler and Johanna Dreyfuss sat down to discuss a little Aristotle.

We started out by reading our blogs aloud, because, we usually don't have time to read them out of class. We are all pretty busy gals. It was lovely just to listen to someone read, and interject my comments. Sometimes when I am reading a blog, I think of something and want to comment on it, but unlike a book, a blog doesn't have margins to write in, so I sometimes lose the spontaneity of that idea.

We discussed the hierarchal manner in which Aristotle approaches tragedy and comedy--tragedy above comedy. We thought that it would be better if he approached the subject with guidelines, rather than strict statements of "This is better than that."

That is not to say that I don't like what he has to say about tragedy--his ideas concerning length of a production are great, as I previously mentioned in a blog.

In our discussion, I complimented Johanna on her comparison between Aristotle and Plato. These works are lengthy, and to bring them together is quite an acomplishment. She said that she did it all the time in her philosophy class, so it was nothing new.

One SHU student, Trisha, who was quietly tapping away at her keyboard, turned around during our discussion, and said we sounded like we belonged in a coffeehouse. Next time we should bring bongos and snap our fingers after we read each other's blogs.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 19, 2005 10:20 AM | TrackBack

Hey Amanda, sounds like you guys had a very productive discussion and Johanna seems to be very familiar with the works of Plato and Aristotle. Previous knowledge does help a ton.

Sorry I couldn't make it. We did win the game though clinching a playoff spot. See you in class tomorrow.

Posted by: Denishia Salter at February 21, 2005 10:07 AM

Amanda, sorry that I as well did not make it to class. :( Wasn't feelin' so hot. (Hope you got my note) I wish that I could have helped out in discussing Aristotle and Plato, as I am studying both in Philosophy of Art. I would have loved to do a little Plato bashing. But we move on. Hope you three had a fun and productive discussion. Melissa
PS- I second the bongos, but don't forget the coffee and biscotti!

Posted by: Melissa at February 21, 2005 11:02 PM
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