Monthly Archives: February 2014

Constructing Places of Agency: Melville’s “Benito Cereno” and Peter Coddle’s Trip to New York

There are a few disconnected threads floating around in my head after today’s class discussion, but I think there is a way to chart their intersections, the way beads resting on those places where thread meets thread on a dream … Continue reading

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Constructing the Intimate: Places of Pleasure in “Songs of Myself” and Venus in Boston

The idea of place, in both the abstract and physical sense of the word, has been at the forefront of our class discussions.  It also seems to be the connecting thread between Walt Whitman’s “Songs of Myself” and George Thompson’s … Continue reading

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Song of My Self-Destruction

Whitman’s “Song of Myself” creates an imaginary, a space, perhaps a liminal space, of being. A space to examine and interrogate the fragments of ‘Self’—not sure if the ‘s’ should be capitalized—that come from within and which are projected onto … Continue reading

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