January 31, 2005

Academic Blog

I have been using an academic weblog on and off (mostly off) for 2 years now. And I have taken a few classes, such as, Practice of Journalism and Writing for the Web, that require an academic weblog, so I am pretty familiar with some of the guidelines as a blogger.

For those of you who are not familiar, here are some references to student bloggers that have taken the time out to examine academic blogging and its ups and downs.

Julie Young does a very good job in "Getting The Most Out Of Your Academic Weblog" by presenting some do's and don'ts of blogging.

For example, she emphasizes certain things in blogging that just should not be done. Do not write anything in your blog that you don't want others to see. Including your parents, professors, and maybe even the police. Just because you think only your friends read your blog, doesn't mean that its just them. You are putting a piece of writing on the Internet you never know who will read it. So Julie basically goes over the aspects of blogging and also what blogging can do for you.

Amanda Cochran, also does a sort of revision of Young's presentation and she also discusses blogging and the do's or don'ts. And she goes into the blogging experience in general and what you can get out of it. I think both did a good job on the topic.

Posted by Denishia Salter at 05:24 PM | Comments (1)

January 27, 2005

Pygmalion the realist edition

Have you ever read the legend of Pygmalion and the Statue? If your a college student I am betting you have read at least 2 different versions.

Well I just recently read the feminist retelling by Senior Jasleen Modi, The Truth about Pygmalion finally revealed and I thought it was hilarious! I loved the sarcasm and the feminism. No I am not a feminist, however, that still doesn't prevent me from being entertained by this independent retelling.

Jasleen Modi does a great job of manipulating the time period and its already sexist and materialistic shortcomings, by focusing on how the sculptor being an artist was very picky and greedy about what kind of woman he wanted. She even put in the fact that his friends tried to match make for him (thought that was great).

I thought here in this story the author really wanted to get across that you shouldn't ask for that which you are not deserving. I loved how she described how unatttractive the artist was and the disgust of the now alive woman.....lol.

Posted by Denishia Salter at 01:42 PM | Comments (0)

Pygmalion Old vs New

After reading the 17th century and the 20th century translations of the of the Pygmalion legend I have noticed several differences between the authors and their emphasis on certain things in their versions.

The 17th century story of Pygmalion and the Statue, from book X of Ovid's Metamorphoses, was written in poetic form by the author. It had a rhyme structure of AA, BB, CC....etc throughout and some alliteration. This form and style used by the author put emphasis on being very descriptive with the imagery; trying to convey the images and the beauty of the art itself to the readers, rather than simply tell the narrative like the 20th century version seems to focus on.

I also noticed that in the 17th century translation it seemed to be very sexist, referring to the woman/sculpture as a maid on numerous occasions.

The 20th century version was written in sentence and paragraph form. The author focused more on Pygmalion's treatment and affections towards the statue rather than its beauty alone. And also, this version was less sexist and played toward the 20thC audience by not referring to the woman as a maid.

Posted by Denishia Salter at 01:21 PM | Comments (0)