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On McCarthy’s The Road
By Daisy Couture
Vision is so important and omnipresent in the novel because of the multiple, essential functions it has. Sight is necessary for survival, especially in a post-apocalyptic world in which one’s sight is constantly being obscured by darkness. At the same time, vision is also intrinsically connecting, playing a huge part in relationships. Through the strength of sight, one can tie things to existence, both through memory and acceptance. As a force, vision is also linked to time, a way to direct focus to the past or the future.
On Hobbes’ Leviathan
By Cora Hermary
The Hobbesian state of nature both begins and ends with human nature. While Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is widely regarded as advocating a pessimistic view of human nature, Hobbes’ pessimism is not directed towards human nature, but towards the state of nature. Nevertheless, Hobbes tempers his pessimism for the state of nature with a subtle yet equal optimism for humanity, whose status as a creation under God guides his solution to the state of nature: art.
On Plath’s The Bell Jar
By Claire Lloyd
Colour permeates Esther Greenwood’s narration in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Esther often articulates her visual perception in vivid colour. She particularly emphasizes the aesthetic of a film she watches with the Ladies’ Day girls. The film is in technicolour; its colours are saturated. Esther is sickened by the film’s bright portrayal of disparate gender roles…. Plath shows that technicolour is psychological poison—its consumption results in a widespread sickness.
On Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
By Tati Chavitage
The ability to embrace femininity has always been a uphill battle in relation to the issues women have dealt with in Western society: in recent years, liberating ourselves through our sexuality has become apparent through movements like “SlutWalk”, a march that demands an end to rape culture, or even “free bleeding”, in which women refuse to hide their menstruation by allowing themselves to bleed without the help of tampons or other methods of concealment.
By Moneeza Badat
In The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon enhances a Marxist analysis by addressing the intersections of race, colonialism and capitalism. Fanon uses the terminology of Marx and Engels but applies it in different ways. By ‘stretching’ Marxist analysis, Fanon makes it relevant to decolonization (Fanon, 5). Though Marxism provides a competent analysis of capitalism, it does not fully address the intersections of race and colonialism.
By Madeline Klintworth
David Dabydeen’s Slave Song addresses the dilemma of how to identify the ‘true’ voice of a Guayanese culture that has been clouded and corrupted historically by the voice of colonialism. Dabydeen, born in Guyana to Indian parents but having emigrated with his family to England as a young boy, expresses this conundrum in the three separate voices, all of them created by Dabydeen himself, that are intricately intertwined throughout the book ….
On Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
By Alexandra Cooper
As the Man attempts to walk the narrow line separating blind optimism and consuming despair, he uses his dreams and memories to keep him situated on the difficult path of realistic survival. The combination of the will to survive and unavoidable despondency yields a certain type of recollection of memory. In The Road, Cormac McCarthy uses the Man’s philosophy on dreams to follow the state of mind of his own characters.
The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.
Arts One themes/teams continue for two years then change it up to keep things fresh. This is the second year for ‘Hero/Anti-Hero’, so 2016 is time for a new theme and a new team! Knowledge and Power It’s going to be a great year.
New for 2016-17, the Arts One ‘Seeing and Knowing’ group is thrilled to welcome Dr. Alan Richardson to the teaching team! Yes the same Alan Richardson that brought you everything from “Carnap’s Construction of the World” to essays such as “’Tractatus Comedo-Philosophicus’: Monty Python and Philosophy.” Join us for an exciting year! https://artsone.arts.ubc.ca/themes/201617-2/