In our literature class, we had to answer some questions in our blogs about the story we read “The Lady in the Looking Glass”. I did this assignment with Vignesh Manwani. After that Pato told us to find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story. I did the second task individually.
Questions: Group work (Done with Vignesh Manwani)
Picture of a room and a garden: Individual work
In order to illustrate the house in the story I chose the following picture. I chose it because it has antique wooden furniture and because of the fact that the dinning room matches with the “Italian glass” which has a “marbled topped table opposite” it and it reflects a garden beyond with “a long grass path leading between banks of tall flowers”. The only thing that the picture does not provide, is the constant movement the room in the story has. However, we can image chaos and intranquility in this picture.
The story is related with this text since Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar and Virginia Woolf were all feminist literature writers. Over 1980 women writers were badly seen and they were discriminated by men writers for their work. What they have in common is that they fought for their rights in both their poetic identity and in their role in life rights. Virginia argued that women should kill the “angel” and the “monster” topology on her storys in order to end with the masks invented for women. We can see this in the story as the Isabella at the beginning of the story, the one who only shows her appearance, is dead, as that is not reality. At the same time, the Isabella at the end of the story is almost also killed as she is dead laive for not having feelings or thoughts. So Virginia applies to the story her ideas of how woman must behave in order to make themselves be respected by men in their day to day life and in their literature works.
After reading the poem “The Lady in the Looking-glass, I prepared the following presentation to express my interpretations of the story.
Furthermore, I would like to add to my e-portfolio another activity on the poem called “Home is so Sad”, written by Philip Larkin
Home is so Sad
Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft
And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.
While I was reading the poem, I realized something was missing. I could not understand what it was, but later I had an epiphanic moment. The poem is full of images such as tactile, visual and auditory. So I imagined that I could increase those nostalgic and melancholic emotions about home, by adding “piano” music and images to visualize and set to music the magnificent alliterative poetry.
This is the song I chose to musicalize the poem:
In our literature class, we read the poem called “Rooms”, written by Charlotte Mew. In this post I made a collage that shows many kinds of rooms: happy ones, abandoned, forgotten, rotten, colorful, etc. I created this to portray Charlotte’s point of view about the fact that rooms are memories, and memories die in our minds. No matter if they are delighted or sorrowful memories, what matters is that, at the end of the day, they will disappear, they will die. “Out there in the sun—in the rain” it does not matter when, since they will all finish in a “dustier bed”, buried inside our memories, our minds, ourselves. Such personification is portrayed by the use of images that exposed melancholic and nostalgic emotions.
In our art class, we started a project after our teacher, Toia, showed us many sculptures, installations, paintings, etc done by different artists. The task consisted in choosing one artist with their art piece, as we were going to work with it all this term. I decided to do my work in group, so I worked with Rosario Vago, Federica Marty and Milagros Mendez. We chose Cornelia Parker with her installation “Dark Matter”.
Following our deep analysis on the installation, we had to create some of our own, so we started having a lot of ideas in order to create something new based on what Cornelia exposed. In our following presentation, our creative process is shown.
In our history class we prepared a presentation about the Enlightenment. I did it with Silvestre Braun, Jerónimo Leguizamon and Ignacio Maestro Malek.
In our biology class, we made presentations about different drugs. I had to prepare one about tobacco smoking with Federica Marty, María Roggero, Rosario Segura and Silvestre Braun.
In our language class, our teacher Marcela divided us in several groups and told us to do a presentation to explain the vocabulary of different topics in order to improve our English. I had to prepare a presentation about degree and intensity and I did mine with María Roggero and Vignesh Manwani. This is it. At the end of it we prepeared an activity in case you would like to improve your English too!
Hope you like it.
I will start my e-portfolio by presenting an activity I prepeared for the story we read in our literature class called “The Hollow of the Three Hills”, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I made a trailer about this story as if a movie about it was going to be launched. I hope you like it!
I prepared this trailer with the previous black and white pictures in order to portray how dramatic and gothic the story is. I chose those pictures to prove where it was set, in a hidden hollow between crumbling mountains . To be able to portray that atmosphere of of secrets, horror and misery, I chose a picture to expose the fact that the environment is far from society, dark, at twilight. I also selected several pictures of a woman in order to describe the protagonist’s isolation. Moreover, the picture of the witch is used to state the supernatural event in the story. Furthermore, I chose a picture of her possessing the young lady in order to express the unexplained manifestation that in the story takes place. Finally I decided to include pictures of a couple in order to show the protagonist’s previous life, where she had a husband and a son, with the intention of describe it before something terrible happen!