Thursday, October 4, 2012

What Good Company Indeed! Oakridge's Response to Greenhill's Sound Waves...

Well, here it is: Oakridge's own sound file! Once again, thanks to both Dr. Moreland & her Hockaday students and Mr. Garza & his Greenhill students for all your fascinating contributions.

Before listening to our posted sound file, check out the following:
-Here's an account - from Mr. Garza's point of view - of his encounter at Hockaday
-Here's an account - from Dr. Moreland's perspective - of Mr. Garza's encounter at Hockaday.
-Here's Greenhill's sound file that was posted last week.

Like Greenhill, we have taken the time to listen to (and read) the comments and questions posed at our sister schools, and we too have crafted some verbal responses that focus specifically on the stories "Araby," "Eveline," "After the Race," and "A Little Cloud." So please enjoy our episode and feel free to comment! Thanks everyone!

Listen to our sound file Here.


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  2. Link works now, so please give it a listen.

  3. Hey Oakridge lovers of wisdom! Thanks very much for your mp3, particularly your frequent moments in which you synthesize various ideas. Hegel would be proud.
    There are so many things I enjoyed about this, but I'll focus quickly on a few.
    First, y'all need to get to with "Joyced" as a verb. You're onto something there!
    Also, I empathize with Landry's quandary about the role of Dublin, or more precisely about the assumption that Dublin it(her?)self is somehow the catalyst of so much Joycing (!) of the characters. You're right, of course, Landry, that JJ doesn't demonstrate explicitly some large institutional or political agency at work (as a tv show like HBO's The Wire does with Baltimore). But we still do see that certain cities have certain influences and reputations: New York's make-it-there-make-it-anywhere-ness, Berlin's Weimar Republic-era looseness, Paris' artistic Bohemian freedom, San Francisco's permissiveness, Chicago's big-shouldered-ness, etc. I suppose what makes these reputations all the more interesting is that the genesis of those reputations is so hard to nail down. It's organic, mysterious, but palpable. Ye shall know a city by its (sometimes rotting) fruits. Wait until Greenhill's Samantha finishes her essay on Facebook as social space, and we'll have more to talk February at least.
    Ben, thanks for your generous tone. I remember that more than much of the important historical context that you shaped. I must admit that my students did much less contextual work than you all did (see a critical movement called New Criticism), so you really helped me make this a better unit for my students.
    Bessie, thank you for your meditation on ethnicity and identity. After reading the exchange between Miss Ivors and Gabriel Conroy (on his vacation plans, his literary tastes, etc.), it's easy to imagine Joyce's distaste for Gaelic poetry. Think about this in your own experience. We Americans are exiles...unless you're native American. Many of you have some kind of link to an ancestral past. How/do you maintain a balance between, say, your Dutch heritage and your American heritage? As a Mexican-American, if I prefer Marc Chagall over Diego Rivera, am I some sort of race-traitor? What do we owe our cultural past? Another author focused on a postage-stamp of a fictional world, William Faulkner once wrote that the past isn't's not even past. Oh, and remember that Joyce wrote a play called "Exiles".
    Sorry this ran longer than I intended. Thanks!