- Read pages 36-46 of Interpretation of Dreams.
- Continue annotating the text. Pay attention to how Freud lays out a case of the psychological process he calls identification.
- A student approached me after class to ask me about a sentence he had trouble understanding. The sentence in question is as follows: “To the dream work has been transferred that bewilderment which its product, the dream, has aroused in us” (27). With a little bit of unpacking, we came to the conclusion that the sentence means to tell us that the dream work is just as confusing or perplexing as are the dreams themselves. Clearly, the translation of Freud’s prose is replete with such condensed and bewildering sentences. So, for the next time around, please be ready to provide at least one sentence the meaning of which you could not decipher at all or could only do so after unpacking it with care. We will look at these sentences in class together!
Reminder: The latest time for you to submit the college essay’s final draft (as far as this class is concerned) is due Tuesday, 9/26, 11:59 PM.
1. Finish reading the play (237-251).
2. Re-read pages 159-181. This time, write down into your notebook all the LINE NUMBERS and phrases in which the following words are used: seeing, sight, blindness. Why do you think there are so many such lines? As you re-read this section, also note a few places that you now recognize as examples of dramatic irony (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dramatic+irony).
3. Continue memorizing all 18 previously assigned vocabulary words. Be prepared to show your understanding of all these words on a quiz (and your understanding of what is going on in the play). You should also know stichomythia, eleos, phobos, catharsis, hamartia, anagnorisis, and peripeteia).
1. Read lines 301-661 of Beowulf. Again, you may want to listen to Seamus Heaney’s rendition of the poem on youtube (posted in yesterday’s homework).
2. When you encounter a kenning, copy it out onto your notebook into a section you’ll reserve for this purpose. This will come in handy when you have to write your essay.
3. Go on a “thing valued” hunt on your double-entry journal (quote on one side of the page and your reflections on the other side). Look for specific lines in which the poet praises an ideal, an object, a mode of behavior, or a way of thinking. Use your essay assignment sheet to guide you. Again, the more thoroughly you work on this homework (and the rest of them), the less effort it will take to gather the evidence you’ll need for the essay. You should have at least two entries.
4. Continue memorizing the 17 assigned vocabulary words. You will be quizzed on these. Be able to recall the words (practice this by writing down the words on a sheet of paper from memory).
NOTE: don’t forget about the college essay. Register on turnitin.com immediately. Try to work on the essay a little bit every day. If you are ready to submit it (that is, you know you will not change it anymore before you submit it), I encourage you to submit it soon. Do not delay. That way, you’ll be the first one to get feedback on it.
In recognition of the fact that many of you found reading Freud rather difficult, the next reading assignment will only comprise eight pages. Please read them carefully, though, going back to sentences you need to re-read a couple of times if need be.
1. Read pages 27-35.
2. Once again, annotate the text. Highlighting or underlining text without marginal comments, questions, brief summaries or other types of personal reflections is not only meaningless to your instructor but also to you as well since you won’t know why exactly you marked up the text when looking back on it in the future. As you read, pay attention to how Freud works out his hypothesis regarding the reason for and mechanisms of repression. All of your annotations will be checked on Monday.
Note: Continue working on your personal statement. Upload it on turnitin.com as soon as you are satisfied that you cannot do any better for now.
1. Read pages 222-237. Write two double-entry journals–at least two entries again–on a passage that you think is intensely emotional and another one on a passage that makes you contemplate or think deeply about such issues as free will vs. fate, individual responsibility, or anything else.
2. Know the 10 vocabulary words assigned previously. Also review the meanings of the literary terms hamartia, anagnorisis, peripeteia, hubris, eleos, phobos, mimesis, catharsis and stichomythia.
3. Continue memorizing the following words:
1. Clairvoyant 2. Sanctimonious 3. Pious 4. Marauding 5. Fathom (v.) 6. Qualm 7. Curry (v.) 8. Hearsay. (Some of the definitions under the words on vocabulary.com are not the ones that make sense in the context of the play. So, I will post the three words here with the definitions that work for the play. Primed (v.): to prepare and to inform. Fathom (v.): to penetrate the truth of. Curry (v.) to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning. When you check the words for meanings, see what other meaning the word has by clicking on the word and scrolling down for additional meanings. If I provide the part of speech for the word as v. for example, you know it is used as a verb in the play and the definition of the word should be the verb form of it).
4. Here is more information on Sigmund Freud’s famous “Oedipal Complex Theory”: http://psychology.about.com/od/oindex/g/def_oedipuscomp.htm
1. Read Beowulf up to and including line 300 on page 21. You may also go to a youtube audio version of the text and listen to the translator, the famous Irish poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), read the text. It’s really worth a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaB0trCztM0
2. Write a double-entry journal (with lines from the poem on one side of the page and your comments on the lines on the other side of the page). Focus in on that which is valuable or is clearly valued. How do you know it’s valued? Who values it? Is it the poet that finds this “thing” valuable and/or the society about/to which he narrates? Do we still value it? How? Why? (These are all questions you may want to ponder and respond to in some way as you’re reading Beowulf. If you do this consistently, you will have a much easier time formulating a response in the major assessment essay). Spend no more than 10 minutes in doing this work. Type it if you can. It is more legible and goes faster.
4. Continue memorizing the vocabulary words and their definitions assigned in the previous homework (hegemony, laity etc).
Here is a pronunciation guide for names. beowulfpronunciationguide