Friday, November 1, 2013

november 1

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?

1. Journal
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.


  1. What should we name our posts for the essay?

  2. Well I'm just finishing up adding the last touches to my essay. What I primarily used to write my essay was the Performative Utterances in Hamlet, and I did a lot of outside research on Performative Utterance to try to get a good grip on the subject. I also tried to dissect the prompt and group the different aspects of it together to facilitate the flow of ideas and allow me to focus on specific areas of the prompt I felt like I had good ideas on :)