March 7th Discussion

Readings: The Handmaid’s Tale Ch. 24-Historical Notes Public Pregnancies and Cultural Narratives of Surveillance Questions for The Handmaid’s Tale, Chapters 24-46, Historical Notes: In Chapter 31, Serena suggests to Offred that the Commander is impotent. She goes on to propose that Offred should try to conceive with another man. Why do you think Serena makes this […]

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Feb 22th Discussion

Reading The Handmaid’s Tale (Chapters 1-23) Questions Please discuss the significance of following symbols Atwood uses throughout the novel Flowers (flowers on Serena’s bed canopy, flowers described as “the genital organs of plants”, etc.) Ships (big-bellied sails compared to pregnant physiques, “propelled forward by swollen belly”, household described like an empty ship’s cargo hold, etc.) […]

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Feb 20th Discussion

Readings The Handmaid’s Tale Girl Interrupted Questions: The Handmaid’s Tale Consider how The Handmaid’s Tale discusses race. For reference it was written in 1985 and this was the racial breakdown of America in 1980: Race/Ethnic Group 1980 Percent Total Population 226,545,805 White 188,371,622 83.15% Black 26,495,025 11.70% American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut 1,420,400 0.63% Asian […]

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Feb 13th Discussion

Readings Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria Girl Interrupted Questions Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria If the patient is incapacitated or otherwise mentally impaired, does published research violate the confidentiality of the patient if that patient is unable to give consent? Freud sees the cause of hysteria to […]

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Feb 8th Discussion

Readings Getting the News: A Signer Among Signs Welcome to Cancerland  Questions                        Getting the News: A Signer Among Signs “Words matter”; similar to Dr. Bearing in Wit, Mary dissects the language that is chosen to describe her ailment (Dr. Bearing talks about the words”pernicious” and […]

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Feb 6th Discussion

Reading Wit (book) Wit (movie) Questions Why do you think that Margaret Edson chose for Wit to be a play rather than a novel? There are three primary relationships in the book: Vivian and Dr. Kelekian (primary oncologist) Vivian and Susie (the nurse) Vivian and Dr. Jason (the resident doctor) Discuss each paying attention to the main […]

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Feb 1st Discusion

Readings 10 Days in a Madhouse The Yellow Wallpaper Questions 10 Days in a Madhouse Schanz was sent to the insane asylum because she didn’t speak English and couldn’t prove that she was sane. Why do you think this was the method of treatment? How has the world changed since then? What do you think […]

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Jan 25th Discussion

Readings Confessions of An English Opium Eater: “Pleasures of Opium” Confessions of An English Opium Eater: “Pains of Option: On Being Ill Illness as a metaphore   Questions Confessions of An English Opium Eater: “Pleasures of Opium” By the way the writer described how he got addicted to opium, what can we say about how […]

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Jan 23rd Discussion

Reading Terri Kapsalis, “Mastering the Female Pelvis” Sander Gilman, “The Hottentot and the Prostitute” Anne Fausto Sterling, “Gender, Race, and Nation” Film clips from “The Life and Times of Sara Baartman, the Hottentot Venus”  Questions ** What if Sims’ experiments were not conducted on slave women? Can we be sure the field of gynecology would still […]

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Jan 18th Discussion

Readings Mastering the Female Pelvis by Terri Kapsalis The Hottentot and Prostitute by Gilman Gender, Race and Nation by Sterling The Life and Times of Sara Baartman, The Hottentot Venus

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