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Works from which this came:

Article on Our Generation–The Generational, Spring 2012

Prospectus on Final Article–The Generational, Spring 2012

Final Article (Sylvia Plath)–The Generational, Spring 2012

Close Reading: Paul’s Case–American Lives, Changing Contexts, Spring 2011

Final Article (Paul’s Case)–American Lives, Changing Contexts, Spring 2011

Final Article (Gustave Flaubert)–The Craft of the Short Story, Fall 2011

Close Reading: Auden–The Generational, Spring 2012

Sylvia Plath Annotated Bibliography–The Generational, Spring 2012




Chris Ware Review in Collage Form

GEEZ/ I had grown accustomed / to/ complain and worry/ when/  I felt no recognition/ of authors that are/ question-begging/ and challenging/ like/ Cecil Day Lewis/ and/ Judith Butler. But the reader/ job takes a vast amount of courage/ here. When initially evaluating/ This work/ seems to/ Disconcertingly/ float in the abyss. I could not help but feel incredibly cautious around/ the work/ as I wiped the feverish sweat/ and sheltered/ face in my hands. his ability to cloud the reception and comprehension of an image/ interspersed with photographs/ rich and compelling/ sinister images/ of vanity, popular culture, sexuality, and false divinity for religious devotion/ shows/ no/ authorial limits.  He/ demystifies ignoble characteristics/ loose morals/ to illuminate the inherent baseness of characters/ in American society. His/ rhetorical decision/ make readers feel as though they are privy to the inner workings of/ creative process/ in order to lure in/ the reader/  is akin to/ wandering down a dark alley/ of/  a perfect idea that is just out of reach. I felt/ flustered and a sense of urgency overwhelms/ me. However/ it is especially ironic/ my/ inherent desperation/ to continue reading/ I learned to embrace/ the/ majestic cluster/ of information. the author maintains/ the reader/ with a feeling of empathy, precariously balanced between commiseration and guilt. The author/ discussed/ the tension that arises from/ sexual involvement/ daily monotony / life’s spiteful demands/ and these themes/ function as little devils/ in the work.


Works used: “Questioning Authenticity Through the Convergence of Photographs and Narrative in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project” ENG 370. “A Discussion of the Manifestation of Solidarity in Dearborn Preceding and Following the 9/11 Attacks.” SOC 230. “Nana After the Stroke” AMST 200. “The Absence of Religious Doctrine in Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” ENG 101. “The Pervasion of Euphemism in Times of War” ENG 349. Villanelle Poem “Melancholia” ENG 218.

Ware Collage

This / book / is / an abstract / comic book / of / multi-faceted complexity / and ambiguity. / It is / different and sometimes /  its language is vulgar. / It would be easy to dismiss this book’s author as a complete lunatic, to point out the / extremely dense / , /complex and ambiguous nature of his / Works / is just / so upsetting / and / a hard thing to think about. / When a westerner first views / the book/ it is not unusual for them to be slightly confused. / this book / doesn’t follow the writing conventions that western audiences are used to. The Bible, the religious text that the western world is probably most familiar with, tends to move textually in a linear fashion. It follows a single train of thought, whether that is a story or a moral pronouncement, from start to finish. / this work / doesn’t do that. / In a single chapter of the / comic book / three or four topics may be covered at once, the narrative stream jumping back and forth between them as the chapter progresses. This makes total sense when one interprets / it as / a prophetically delivered collection of poetry. / Thus it / may be unpalatable for some readers / but there is so much / for curious outsiders / to see / in this rambunctious book. /

But if /the author / is to be considered a serious / writer and not just a crafter of popular fiction, what does he have to say? / He tries to / look at the life / the way that / it / really is / with all / its /existential / hardship / and alienation. / It is/ more/ honest / than other / comic book/ s /. It makes one / see the / these characters/ as/ real people, and not hypothetical farmers as a demographic but individual people. / He demonstrates that / comic book /s/ are not just / about / jeep chases, explosions, guns, beer, extra-marital sex, and conspiracy. They are not / only about/ a narrative that allows / men / to escape from the boundaries that society has placed on / them /.

Snippets from: Opening Locks and Slipping Restraints, Fatherhood and the Art of Being Manly, Jihad in Classical and Modern Contexts, A Shift in Power Relations, Trouble in Pastoral Paradise, Israeli Culture in Waltz with Bashir, A Guide to Good Living, Bruce’s Backyard Escape, Farm Reflection, Ecocriticism Research Paper, Chaucer and the Rise of the Churls, Suggestibility, Decision-making, A Strange Sort of Symbiosis, and Uncertainty in Diction Betrays Ambiguity of Identity

Collage Review of Ware’s Acme Novelty Library

I honestly don’t know what to make of this.


For starters/ I’ve read through this/ collection/ multiple times,/ and/ while/ characters are written well/ contrary to almost all of the other/ stories/ I/ hesitate/ to/ give an impression/that/ is clarified beyond all reasonable doubt./


While a large majority/ of/ the book speaks/ as though/ it/ has/ characters that the reader should not take very seriously/. The worlds and characters that had been set up in these comics/ are/ actively trying to force the reader to encounter/ an eclectic mix of comic stories/ to the / point/ of it /becoming/ unreadable/ pulp.




Papers Used: “Role Models for Children” for English 220, “Assignment #2” for First Year Seminar, “Critique of ‘Tress Gets Tangled” by Tori Eberle” for Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction, “The Female Culture in Persepolis” for First Year Seminar, “The Reasons of Love: Husbands, Wives, and Lovers in the Lais of Marie de France” for English 350: Marie de France, “Justice as a Microcosm: How the Trials in Lanval, The Knight with the Lion, and The Romance of Tristan and Iseult Help Display the Lessons of Their Works” for English 350: Marie de France, “Sudden Silence” for First Year Seminar, “Critique of ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ by Crystal Morter” for Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction, “Script for Podcast” for 20th Century Art History of China, “Defending Choices” for First Year Seminar.

Review of Chris Ware’s Work in Collage Form


My favorite non-academic collage


A particularly appropriate portion of my non-academic collage

the work/ was/ extremely interesting (if time-consuming and a bit nerve-wracking/ but it alienated me as a reader/because of/ his tireless, sometimes harsh, need to move forward/ It/ involved quite a bit of mental overload. I remember feeling like a hopeless novice/ as I would not have been privy to his insider knowledge/ Was it an unnecessary personal obsession or an actual desire to selflessly help others?/ nigh-impossible to determine./ He was in constant need of reassurance. The organization of the work/ was not worth/ half a plastic pipette’s worth of sea urchin eggs/ it struck me as a bit comical/ pun intended/ the discrete colonies were not differentiable from the others in the carpet/so it took ten seconds to re-focus/ rather than randomly happing upon them

a revolutionary writer/ notable for going so entirely against the grain/ can be found in a short passage drowned in the depths of/ a newness which has neither been fixed and alienated, nor painted over by the preconceived truths of the masses/ a theme which is elaborately incorporated throughout the work

As readers we are/ stepping away from our comfort zone/ Projects such as these do not become instantly successful, but they do require/ a little tweaking and some advertising

Readers should take a step back here to contemplate the overwhelming novelty of this idea/ remembering/ his/ ostracism from the traditional literary canon of the English language/ because of the/ relatively unchanging medium/ he chose/ Perhaps he feels that he/ has been “spent” in /his/ efforts to overcome society’s subtle indoctrination/ Nonetheless/ the reader is left/ feeling slightly bitter, feeling that there is something vaguely awry with our world that we cannot set entirely straight because we are products of it

He would demote/ his/ characters/ from their position as loved, if ill-treated, house pets to that of attention-starved animals at the pound/ With consideration to such issues as/ feelings of guilt and self-disgust/ the development of neurosis through repression/ the demands of society/ an utter emptiness and a loss/ the experiences which come with age/ and/ confounding stews of partially mangled desires and half-hidden fears

His words are scathing / It would seem that/ the ability of humankind to create/ pervasive falsehoods is both intrinsic and vital/ one is presented with an annihilation of/ a warm hearth or a rosy-cheeked child/ which has effectively ostracized/ readers with/ our innate human need for belonging./ Our efforts are wasted; our satisfaction is unfounded.

Some of the best ideas/ are buried under a heap of/ self/ criticism/ a strategy which evokes/ a dull sense of hopelessness/ He/ seems to sense a need for humility/ Some/ likely think him a bit mad/ because/ he/ does not write “so that all may understand,” but rather so that a select few have the opportunity to come to an understanding of/ his/ meaning naturally

On a more positive note/ it was very helpful that the combination of haploid cells to form a diploid zygote was illustrated

(Compiled of excerpts from: “pGlo Lab Write-Up,” “Mitosis and Meiosis Lab Write-Up,” “Proposal for C.A.L.M. Lab,” “The Effect of a Decreased pH on the Fertilization of Stronglyocentrotus purpuratus Eggs,” “Personal Response to Mapping Stem Cell Research,” “Writing beyond the Humanities: Reaching out to Science Writers at the Norman M. Eberly Writing Center,” “Tutoring Philosophy Letter,” “Marx and Feminism,” “‘It Strangles So:’ A Freudian Analysis of Repression in The Yellow Wallpaper,” “The Meaning of Metaphor,” “‘How to Shiver:’ An Exploration of the Call to Novel Thought in ‘The Company of Wolves,'” “‘Starting from Scratch:’ A Feminist Reader’s Response to ‘The English Canon,'” “The Whole Package: The Need for a Complete Chivalry in both Medieval and Modern Society,” and “A Perfect Intimacy: Marie de France’s Desire to Be Well-Remembered”)