【比較文學】writing assignment #2 (deadline: 10/28, 12 p.m.)

Choose one from the following questions to write an essay (250-300 words). Cite texts to support your argument.

1)What did Kafka try to express through the metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa?

2)What is the central theme of "First Sorrow"? Compare it to the same theme in "A Hunger Artist."

3) Compare and contrast Kafka's punishment fantasies in "In the Penal Colony" with CJ Chen's aesthetic of horror.

4) In Winesburg, Ohio, communication is failed because the feminine qualities of tenderness, intimacy, creativity, and vulnerability are devalued in a patriarchal culture in which femininity is regarded as weakness. Analyze any story that manifests this thwarted feminine dimension of life. How does Anderson suggest that an integration of the feminine qualities is necessary for the artist?


【比較文學】writing assignment #1 (deadline: 10/20, 12 p.m.)

Choose one from the following questions to write an essay (250-300 words). Cite texts to support your argument.

1)In his study of Rabelais, Bakhtin looked at 16th-century France as a site of competing languages and social groups. How does this have to do with Bakhtin's antipathy towards authoritarianism and his penchant for the folk culture and its emancipatory potential?

2)The word "grotesque" comes from the same Latin root as "grotto." Therefore, the many connotations of the grotto--earthiness, fertility, death--link to the various incarnations of the grotesque. Can you find these incarnations in Bakhtin's depiction of the carnivalized body? How? Explain.

3) The image of the Siamese twins is a recurring motif in CJ Chen's Revolt of Body and Soul (《魂魄暴亂》系列). The Siamese twins halppily killing one another, self-mutilating figures modelling on Chen himself, Chen as the executed and the executor, and so forth reveal that the seemingly oppositional relationship between Self and Other is in fact ambivalent. How do you interpret this Self-Other ambivalence in relation to the project of modernity? How do these grotesque images function as Chen's critique of the State Apparatus?


在帝國的邊界上─陳界仁 編年展 1996-2010


展期|2010/8/28 - 2010/11/14
地點|台北市立美術館 地下市 D~E~F







09/12(日) 14:30-16:30 在帝國的邊界上─我的游擊工作報告
10/24(日) 14:30-16:30 位於歷史極限的影像與記憶─閱讀陳界仁作品



【文讀】writing assignment #1(deadline: 10/15, 12 p.m.)

Choose one from the following questions to write an essay (200-250 words). Cite texts to support your argument.

1) In "Roman Fever," what are the hints of hidden conflict between Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley? What details in part 1 bring out the differences in their personalities and their lives?

2) In "The Cask of Amontillado," what can you infer about Montresor's social position and character from hints in the text? What evidence does the text provide that Montresor is an unreliable narrator?

3) The story "Araby" is about a boy's "epiphany." Describe it in relation to the story's setting and its atmosphere and its impact upon the boy.

4) Look closely at the setting of the story "The Birth-Mark," from the laboratory to the boudoir. Note teh similes, metaphors, and other figures of speech that help characterize these places. How do these different patterns of imagery contribute to the symbolism of teh story? to an allegorical reading of the story?

5)Some feminist critics argue that "A Rose for Emily" exposes the violence done to a woman by making her a lady? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.