JOURNAL TOPIC: ["Say What" by Stevie Ray Vaughan; "Say It Now (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" by James Brown; "Say It To Me Now" by Glen Hansard]
How does what we say relate to what we do? Does telling ourselves or
other people what we think/feel/intend change our thought process and/or
feelings? Does it make us more or less likely to act? Does it teach us
anything about ourselves?
2. Read/summarize/discuss Act V
1. Please comment to this post with any questions/ideas
about the following topic and ways to write about it. Please post the essay to your blog and bring a hard copy
(typed or handwritten) to class on Monday, 11.4.
Using what you've learned about Hamlet the character and Hamlet
the play, evaluate the impact of performative utterance on Hamlet and
your own sense of self. How does the way Hamlet speaks constitute action
in itself? How does it impact the characters and the plot? How does
this compare with your own "self-overhearing"? How does the way you
reflect on your experience create a sense of memory, expectation, and
real-world results? Use the text, your reading/lecture notes, the
experience of memorizing the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, de Boer's
paper (and Bloom's/Austin's theoretical frameworks), and the many online
and offline discussions we've had.