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  1. Feb 2017
    1. polysemy

      The coexistence of multiple meanings to a word or phrase.

    2. is not public opinion--constitutive of our democratic societies and powerfully aided by mass communication--defined by its limits, its energy of exclusion, its censorship?

      Defining something by what it isn't? This part reminds me of Saussure, because I think he said something about being able to create distinctions between different words by knowing what they aren't, or rather that it creates meaning? So we know how a text works or how to classify not by its own characteristics but what limits it?

  2. Jan 2017
    1. On strict observance of the terms requir'd: For if, before he reach the realms of air, He backward cast his eyes to view the fair, The forfeit grant, that instant, void is made, And she for ever left a lifeless shade.

      The deal: Orpheus has to actually exit the Underworld completely before he can turn around. At the end he only sees the end of the tunnel.

    2. And list'ning trees their rooted stations leave; Themselves transplanting, all around they grow, And various shades their various kinds bestow.

      He gathers the trees around him by singing... is it a later story where he gets torn apart by maenads and keeps singing?

    3. Since Orpheus fled the face of womankind, And all soft union with the sex declin'd.

      No other women after Eurydice.

    4. Thus, while the bard melodiously complains, And to his lyre accords his vocal strains, The very bloodless shades attention keep, And silent, seem compassionate to weep; Ev'n Tantalus his flood unthirsty views, Nor flies the stream, nor he the stream pursues; Ixion's wond'ring wheel its whirl suspends, And the voracious vulture, charm'd, attends; No more the Belides their toil bemoan, And Sisiphus reclin'd, sits list'ning on his stone.

      Some of Orpheus's musical power. Music so beautiful it has the power to pause the punishments of Tartarus.

    5. All our possessions are but loans from you, And soon, or late, you must be paid your due;

      He'll lose her anyway to natural causes, so it shouldn't be a problem to revive her now. He isn't sad she died in general, it's that she died too soon. Always liked the ancient Greek view of death--nothing matters after death. Life is finite.

    6. If fame of former rapes belief may find, You both by love, and love alone, were join'd.

      He's appealing to Hades and Persephone by bringing up their marriage. I guess Hades could relate since his wife has to leave him for six months out of the year. Is he saying it wasn't the kidnapping that joined them, but love? "I know you understand because you also know what it's like to love someone."

    7. Tenarian

      Relating to shadows?

    8. Hymen

      God of marriages

  3. Nov 2016
    1. This is a statue of the biblical Lillith, often tied to the serpent, though she's by herself here.

    2. Ponytail looks like a snake? Still trying to make her more feminine.

    3. The Worm Ouroboros is apparently the fantasy precursor to Lord of the Rings. It was the benchmark pre-Tolkien, which is pretty cool. I always liked this symbol of the snake swallowing its own tail. Pretty nail on the head as far as the cycle of life and death goes

  4. Oct 2016
    1. he refutes the idea of toxic friendships as simply a trope of young adult fiction, adding another dimension through romance while pointing out that harmful relationships of this sort exist well past high school.

      It's sad that toxic relationships don't stop existing when we graduate high school, but it would be naive to think they don't. Are toxic friendships considered a YA only trope?

    2. th she and Windy also lack the language even to discuss sex or their own complicated feelings in relation to sex, since they have access only to second- or third-hand information on the subject. I

      It's interesting how, as a preteen, there's this kind of ambivalence towards sexuality and sex where you're both repulsed and attracted to it. But it's hard to express those feelings because at that age, you don't know enough about it to talk about it.

    3. Tamaki has a great ear for the teenage voice. Alison’s first-person narration is sardonic but hopeful, lively without succumbing to the type of valley-girl teenspeak that veers often into caricature,

      I think most YA authors try to avoid using lots of slang so they don't date their work. This One Summer pretty much sticks to non-age graded slang like "cool" and it kind of adds to the timelessness.

    4. he only boundaries which define the teenage years are boundaries of exclusion, which define what young people are not, cannot do, or cannot be” (206).

      Teenager defined by being more than a child and less than an adult, being on the cusp of maturity. Girls especially set ourselves apart during this time with the whole "not like other girls" ideology.

    1. In a set of six side-by-side panels, Bernard and Bernie reach out to comfort each other, their bodies, black in shadow, mimicking the physical connection of the Hiroshima lovers and their inability to console each other in the face of destruction

      This was what I found most frustrating about Ozymandias's plan. We see people can learn to connect with each other, that they can go beyond themselves, but the attack ends up erasing that. Instead of untangling the Gordian knot, Ozymandias goes the Alexander route and cuts through it. Smart, yes, but the lazy way out.

    2. some correlation has been found between traumatic symptoms and long-term feelings of fear

      Once you've gone through a traumatic event, you can suffer anxiety that it will happen again. Then there are triggers, anything that reminds a person of their trauma, which can pop up without warning, so you have little pockets of fear and maybe even practice avoidance so you don't have to come in contact with them

    3. the audience can disrupt the chronological order of the story by looking around the page

      For some of the pages when Dr. Manhattan is on Mars, I took in the whole page first, then went panel by panel. So it was kind of like seeing all of time at once. You can really only do that with images, not with pure text.

    4. Gibbons sets his small blue form against the desolate pink landscape and the expansive, starry sky of Mars, emphasizing Jon's feelings of isolation.

      Dr. Manhattan always stood out the most on Mars, not just with the pink sand but the black background. It definitely showed that loneliness.

    5. intertextuality, repetition

      Watchmen is very intertextual with all its references to poetry and songs, as well as history. Also uses comics within comics. It repeats symbols over and over

  5. Sep 2016
    1. function in visual competition with the images

      Another way of explaining that juxtaposition? Saying "competition" makes me think of ironic humor where the way the words are written purposefully contrasts with the images

  6. Aug 2016
    1. darts through a hay-rich.

      It's good to know that there are elements of comic humor that are older than we realize (character getting stuck in a thing at high speed). Oldbuck looks like he was doing a grand jete through that haystack.

    2. under the assumed name of Thyrsis

      Sometimes repetition can be funny. This is definitely a place where it works.

    3. The rival continues his evolutions.

      I love the back and forth between the rival getting ducked by the water wheel and Oldbuck chilling with his ladylove in the mountains.

    4. Having reached the carriage, Mr. Oldbuck seats himself upon it

      Apparently the rival can just live in torment for all he cares. You gotta do what you must to stay ahead, Oldbuck. Look out for number one.

    5. the rival who had discovered and boarded the carriage, is carried by the current close to a great water-wheel.

      Uh oh. Do you think Oldbuck will be the bigger man and help him out?

    6. a little accident

      The way this is narrated just kills me.

    7. missing for three days.

      Please tell me they're stuck on the roof...

    8. Mr. Oldbuck withdraws the cord.

      That's how you get the girl. I like the way her legs are peeking out of the chimney.

    9. Mr. Oldbuck is recaptured by the monks

      Hahaha! The sense of comedic timing is excellent. Love that we got a payoff for escaping from the hermit cave.

    10. On his way he is accosted by a traveller on whom he recognises his own habiliments.

      I'd love to see this scene acted out. We don't really get to see Mr. Oldbuck's face when he first recognizes the robber. I can sort of imagine it though. He's giving the robber a hard side-eye in the 2nd panel.

    11. t is only vegetable soup.

      I can just imagine that this guy is so dramatic he thinks he's going to go out like Socrates.

    12. He contrives ingeniously

      This is reminding me of a story about two guys who didn't know to turn a couch sideways to get it through a door... I like that we're left to determine how long it took Mr. Oldbuck to come up with this cunning plan.

    13. he is stopped by invidious fate.

      I like that the captions don't just describe what's happening in the panel. They're bare bones enough to let the images speak for themselves. It's funnier to say "he was stopped by invidious fate" than to say "the beam got caught on some trees."

    14. the sword passes below his arm

      How inept do you have to be to screw a simple stabbing-yourself suicide? And not even realize it didn't work? This is probably one of the only ways to make suicide funny.

    15. no reply

      The contrast between the first and last panels is so stark. Makes him seem pretty sympathetic. He's so excited while he's writing to her.

    16. He rushes to the street, but she has vanished.

      I might be an odd one here, but there's something funny about the way his "ladye-love" just disappears. Especially with the way the panels are arranged. It makes it seem like she warped out of existence.

    1. serial narrative that runs for at least three weeks.

      I wonder how often we'll be updating it. Biweekly or weekly? Or will that be up to the groups to decide? The webcomic is probably what I'm most excited about. I like to write and to draw, so it sounds really fun!