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Monthly Archives: June 2012
We’ve all heard people say, “it’s for your own good,” and as much as we resented it then, many have conceded that it was probably the best course of action at the time. But when does “for your own good” turn destructive? Dan Fang discusses the criticisms that the Oankali bring to the human race […] Continue reading
So, if you’ve been keeping up with us for the past few blogs, we’ve been talking about attending conferences. I’d like to devote this particular post to “posturing” for two reasons: 1) I think that, in many cases, it’s assumed … Continue reading → Continue reading
Hailsham’s system of rearing clones to be used as organ transplant donors evokes strong imagery of agricultural and livestock-raising practices, Killian C. Quigley notes. But the methodology and implementation of the system, including the non-clone citizens’ attitude towards the clones, is something entirely non-organic. In his post, Quigley compares the system of organ donation to […] Continue reading
Dan Fang extends the discussion of information and narrative structure that Pellarin started, but she instead focuses on the way Kathy presents the book, not the way the future is presented to the Hailsham students. Although Pellarin mentioned a parallel between the way information is withheld from the students to the way that information is […] Continue reading
“Knowledge is Power,” the old slogan says. But is that always necessarily true? Erin Pellarin discusses just how powerless knowledge can be in the face of unchangeable circumstances, how even though the main characters of Never Let Me Go are eventually fully aware of what’s going to happen to them, they still are unable to do […] Continue reading
This post is the second installment of a three-part series on conferences. On Thursday, we talked about submitting abstracts, and today we’ll talk about your presentation. Conferences are great places to meet other scholars and learn cool new stuff. More … Continue reading → Continue reading
Cloud Atlas becomes more complex the more one tries to pick it apart, and Dan Fang in his blog post below has crafted several theories about the overall message and tone of the novel. From the bleakness of the incapability of history to the hope of legacy through narration to a very meta-fictional thesis that […] Continue reading
In his analysis of Cloud Atlas, Killian C. Quigley takes a deeper look into the sentiments that transcend the human experience and why they affect us so deeply. He considers the novel not simply a book, but a collection of human struggles that connect not only the characters within the stories, but the readers as […] Continue reading
Cloud Atlas cycles not only the characters’ struggles and the interwoven natures of their stories, but their relationships as well. From Adam Ewing to Meroynm, the reader can see a cycle of oppression and survival, of predator and prey, the constants that remain regardless of how the environment changes. Erin Pellarin questions what, exactly, is […] Continue reading