Women Without Men

 

wwmWomen without Men (Iran 1990/ English 2011)

Author Shahrnush Parsipur

Wed – Mahdokt – Munis 3 (45)

Fri – Finish Book

 

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Shahrnush Parsipur Websites

http://www.brown.edu/academics/literary-arts/shahrnush-parsipur

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Persian Gardens

The garden in ancient Persian culture is meant to reflect the heavenly “Paidarieza” (Paradise). It is:

A place to “rejuvenate the spirit”

A “meeting place for all elements of spiritual and material creation”

A place for “personal reflection as well as the strengthening of family, friendship, and community bonds”

A place to “reconnect with the spiritual self”

From the poet Hafez:

In a garden, renew your Zoroastrian faith

Yes, in the sanctuary of the Magi

For the fire that never dies burns

Strong within our hearts

Sufism = Islamic Mysticism 

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi (13th century) – Jalaladdin Rumi (13th century)

Rumi is the best selling poet in the USA

 

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Marquez/Parsipur

Rashomon will be shown again on Tues. Nov. 1 at 5PM at the Student Union Theater!

Monday – End of 100 Years of Solitude

Wed – Women without Men Mahdokht – Munis Part Three (1-45)

Fri – Finish Women without Men

(There will be a quiz on Women without men on one of those days)

Marquez Response Paper – This is less formal than an essay. Look into a specific episode of the novel and explore it – what ideas does it generate?  (2-3 pages)  Due Monday (Midnight). Use any scene/storyline that you really liked. You don’t want to follow the entire life of a character, just explore one incident.   For example:

Jose Arcadio Buendia’s “madness” and death

Melquiades’ “room”  and the Prophetic book

The Ascension of Remedios the Beauty

The death of Jose Arcadio (the first son)

The sad fate of Pietro Crespi

The Banana Massacre

Amarantha and her shroud

Fernanda and the Invisible doctors

Etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghanian writer Nii Parkes wrote of Marquez that he “taught the West how to read a reality alternative to their own, which in turn opened the gates for other non-Western writers…”

 

Proposal -Due Monday (Midnight)

I’ll be excited to hear about your proposals for your papers! Just one or two paragraphs is fine, and if you are trying to decide between two topics you can put forth both and I’ll give you feedback.

Reading Marquez, I’ve been noticing how much he is evoking alternative histories – not the grand narratives of the history books, but the local, human histories, stories and legends that make a place a home.   If you’re having trouble deciding on a project, an interesting one could be to unearth the lost/covered histories or stories of a place – it could be your hometown, or somewhere else.

Check out, for example, CCU’s own Atheneum Press project “Gullah, the Voice of an Island.” The authors travelled to Saint Helena’s Island to document the history and culture of the Gullah people who live there, including recording songs and stories that only the oldest people still know.

And remember in Borges’ Tlon, where things only existed when they were remembered? There is a podcast put out BBC called “The Museum of Lost Objects” – it is a project to keep alive ancient heritage that has been destroyed in Syria and Iraq during the recent wars – each podcast describes a lost object as dynamically as it can, to keep it alive, in a sense.

It seems to me our world is chock full of lost histories – we move so fast, and so much gets left behind. Or not? Do traces survive and influence the present? Marquez would think so – as you keep reading, you can see how the younger generations are influenced by the past, even when they don’t realize it.

Anyway, good luck in choosing topics. Find something you’re really interested in, so you will love your paper!

 

 

 

 

Reading Schedule – 100 Years

9 M 10/17 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 37-101 The Insomnia Plague

(Forgetting as Solitude)

 

W 10/19 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 103-140 Love as Solitude

Death as Solitude

F 10/21 Reading quiz

Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 141-180 –

War as Solitude

 

10 M 10/24 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 181-243 Paper Proposal Due

Beauty as Solitude

Film – Rashomon 3-5 SUV

W 10/26 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –245-313  The Banana Massacre – Memory as Solitude
F 10/28 Reading quiz

Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude – 315-354

 

Ursula and Family Solitude

11 M 10/31 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –355-417  The Astounding Ending

Nobel Prize

Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1982 – Here is a link to his wonderful acceptance speech “The Solitude of Latin America” – It gives an interesting insight into 100 Years of Solitude!

And this year, American Bob Dylan beat out Haruki Murakami (who we’re reading soon) for the Nobel Prize! Not sure if I agree, but here’s my favorite from Dylan – seems as relevant today as it did in 1965, somehow. I’ve been wondering about this – Do you think the Swedish Nobel Prize commision (ie Europe’s intellectuals) is nostalgic for a different idea of America than it presents today? We aren’t really so aware of how much the idea of America can mean to other countries – it can bring down empires (the USSR, for one), inspire artists, dissidents, activists. The world doesn’t want to see a rebellious, idealistic, challenging America just f-f-fade away…

After the Storm

 Garcia Marquez was from Columbia, rated “Happiest Country in the World”

F 10/7 FALL Break NO CLASS!  Short Writing on Cortazar Due Sunday Midnight
8 M 1010 No Class – Hurricane Clean Up  (These classes will be made up by watching and responding to the 2 movies: Rashomon and Run Lola Run)
W 10/12 No Class – Hurricane Clean Up
F 10/14 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude – Read the first Chapter 1-36 Marquez. Latin America and Magic Realism
9 M 10/17 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 37-101 The Insomnia Plague

(Forgetting as Solitude)

W 10/19 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 103-140 Love as Solitude

Death as Solitude

F 10/21 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 141-180 – War as Solitude

10 M 10/24 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude 181-243 Paper Proposal Due

Beauty as Solitude

Film – Rashomon 3-5 SUV

W 10/26 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –245-313  The Banana Massacre – Memory as Solitude
F 10/28 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude – 315-354 Ursula and Family Solitude
11 M 10/31 Gabriel Garcia Marquez –100 Years of Solitude –355-417  The Astounding Ending
W 11/2 Sharnush Parsipur   Women without Men Part I
F 11/4 Sharnush Parsipur   Women without Men Part II
12 M 11/7 Sharnush Parsipur   Women without Men
W 11/9 Haruki Murakami “The Elephant Vanishes” (story)
F 11/11 Murakami “The Little Green Monster” “Sleep”
13 M 11/14 Murakami “TV People” Film Run Lola Run SUT 3-5
W 11/16 Murakami “The Second Bakery Attack”
F 11/18 Discuss

Run Lola Run

Paper 1st draft due Thursday, 11/17 

Film Review Friday, 11/18

Thanksgiving Break! 11/21-25  
14 M 11/28 Ben Okri Stars of the New Curfew “In the Shadow of War”
W 11/30 Okri “Worlds that Flourish”
F 12/2 Okri – “Stars of the New Curfew”
15 M 12/5 Okri – “Stars of the New Curfew”

Review Final Exam

Film – No Man’s Land 3-5 LJSUT

 

W 12/7 Review Final Exam  

 

Final Exam 1:30 PM FINAL EXAM
Last Day to Turn in Final Draft of Semester Paper