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Here’s To Researching Something Passionately With Genuine Interest
November 24, 2016, 8:49 am
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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon are novels that illustrate the lives of people living with disabilities. Mark Haddon’s protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boone, displays insight to how one’s mind functions when diagnosed with autism on the spectrum. One of the main characters in Moyes’s text deals with a different kind of disability. Will Traynor’s life was turned upside down when he became paralyzed (physically disabled). As a quadriplegic man, Will decided life was no longer worth living and turned to assisted suicide. Both works project negativity on disability and raise question to the responsibility of the author when their writing impacts such a large population. Does genre play a role to whether or not they should be held accountable? Should the authors consider how their creative rhetoric may affect diagnosed individuals?

Moving towards the research process of this paper, I anticipate on finding several sources that speak to the frustration of how credible and accountable an author should be. I also look forward to reading reviews from individuals who are diagnosed with these disabilities to see their input. Furthermore, I would like to look into scholarly secondary sources that discuss how realistic fiction and mystery influence the role of the author and the reader- where do we draw the line? And does that vary from genre to genre? I hope to find some insight myself throughout the sources I find.

Having read these novels, I know the account of the behaviors that the characters display is very limiting. I also know that disability can sometimes be a sensitive subject for some, but to turn an eye or not acknowledge what the work is doing here, can (and has) harm the lives of those living with such a reality. Doing my paper on this not only gives me an opportunity to become more educated on how words can really impact someone, but also allows me to get involved in a complicated conversation that several scholars are already having. It is important to consider what texts like Me Before You and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time do outside their realms.


Side Note: I almost titled this “The Next Great Paper”

Also as of now I’m working with motives 1 & 2 (but that could totally change)

Reading Past The Lines
November 16, 2016, 5:14 pm
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Researching the history of a time period in which the text you’re reading is written can provide a deeper understanding (is it just me or is this a funky sentence?). Reading Bolen’s “Face-Work and Ambiguous Feats in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” I was able to conduct a close reading. Bolen’s research highlights the importance of body language and what it may symbolize in the reading for this week.

Through Bolen’s text and my own interpretation, I analyzed the scene where the green knight comes into the King Arthur’s court. We all know that Gawain intervenes and saves the honor of the King. Even before reading Bolen’s work, one can jump to the conclusion that this was an intense moment in the text. It’s as if there’s so  much riding on the line, since there is so much tension. And Bolen brings light to this same account by making the reader observe the body language of the King. For example, King Arthur strokes his beard and that can mean many things. At first, I thought this was him displaying nervousness or maybe he just wanted to itch or fix his beard. Reading Bolen’s work made me think that maybe this was a sign that he was preparing to attack/fight the green knight.

It’s interesting how researching something so small can give you a completely different reading 🙂

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