Monthly Archives: February 2013

Men acting as women vs women acting as men

“Women will do anything to avoid being alone” says Manuela upon recalling her relationship of Lola, and her clinging on to him in avoidance of being left to handle her child and herself alone. Yet my how this changes. The … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cult of Kukai

We have spent a lot of time in class discussing the “cult” of Kukai, and also the nature of “religions” and “cults” in general. I would like to ask whether Shingon Buddhists and/or Kukai’s followers and fans are members of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Reproof in Ambivalence

“All these expressions of patterns induce the stupid to increase his attachment to them and to develop defilements such as greed, hatred, and delusion…A man of insight is not attached to them nor does he avoid them, observing how they … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Ever-Changing Figure and Purpose of Kukai

Yesterday, we watched a documentary of a young man making the pilgrimage to Mt. Kōya in hopes of learning more about himself and the legendary figure of Kōbō Daishi. In this film, the various people interviewed while on pilgrimage focused … Continue reading Continue reading

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Kūkai: Elevation to Godlike Status through Legends and Worship

Despite Kūkai’s teachings of attaining enlightenment and describing the way of the universe with respect to the interconnection between sound, word, and reality, modern day Japanese people remember him as an individual from legend and worthy of worship. With the founding … Continue reading Continue reading

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Virginia Wolf

Written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault   Virginia Wolf  is a story about how far a little girl will go to make her sister feel better. Vanessa’s sister, Virginia, wakes up feeling “wolfish” mood. She howls, growls, and just acts very odd. Vanessa tries to do everything in her power to make her […] Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela

Written by and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson This book tells the amazing true story of Nelson Mandela’s life. Mandela, originally named Rolihlahla, was one of the only children from his village sent to school.  His teacher, unable to pronounce his name, called him Nelson.  As Nelson grew up he saw the oppression of people of […] Continue reading

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Dickens and the American Passing Narrative

In 1850, married slaves Ellen and William Craft fled their owners in Georgia.  After a period of hiding in Boston, the Crafts ultimately relocated in Great Britain, where they became celebrities on the speaking circuit.  Why were these two fugitive s… Continue reading

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The Meaning of Gender

After watching Paris Is Burning, I somehow felt kind of ashamed of my taking my gender for granted, while the drag queen featured in the documentary worked so hard and performed so diligently in an effort to embody the gender … Continue reading Continue reading

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Have Experiences Changed Since Paris Burned?

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/18/style/paris-has-burned.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/fashion/a-lively-house-of-xtravaganza-ball-scene-city.html?_r=0 After watching the movie “Paris is Burning” this past weekend, I came across two articles by the New York Times, one written in 1993 (Paris Has Burned) and one written in 2012 (Paris is Still Burning). The first … Continue reading Continue reading

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