No official main bloggers for next week … and an extra credit opportunity instead

Posted in prompts at 6:35 pm by Dominique

Hi all,

We ended class today with a run-through of the terminology you’ll want to use when crafting a Marxist reading of a text (an approach which some of you may still want to consider using for the cultural artifact paper).  When we reconvene on Tuesday, we’ll be coming back to the terminology on your handout, and spending some time with Bruce Robbins’ Marxist analysis of The Turn of the Screw. Then we’ll think about whether we see any crossover between Marxist criticism and reader-response– something I’ll ask you to write about during class, so please be sure you’ve read Wayne Booth’s “‘He began to read to our hushed little circle’: Are We Blessed or Cursed by Our Life with The Turn of the Screw?” (and the review of reader-oriented criticism that precedes it). 

For now, anyone who would like to blog this weekend will receive extra credit for reviewing the following New York Times Topics site on Occupy Wall Street (a portion of which was distributed in class today) and conducting a Marxist analysis–using the Bressler book and the packet of critical lens questions distributed last week–of the Occupy Wall Street movement: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/o/occupy_wall_street/index.html?ref=topics

Please keep your analysis to 500-550 words and we will discuss your thoughts at the start of class on Tuesday.

We’ll pick up with our main bloggers as soon as we return from Thanksgiving. Enes and Victoriane (and anyone else whom would like to complete his or her draft early and have it workshopped by the class…) will be posting the first full drafts of the cultural artifact papers by next Monday, November 28th.

Ah, and one last thing! I caught a typo on your assignment sheet for paper 2. The drafts of the cultural artifact paper for anyone submitting at the normal deadline are due on Thursday, December 1st (not Thursday, Nov. 28th…a day that does not exist).

As always, I’m looking forward to seeing you folks again on Tuesday,



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  1.    jenn691 said,

    November 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Occupy Wall Street Extra Credit:

    Regarding this excerpt Occupy Wall Street from the New York Times, there is a definite class system that arises that is clearly identified by a Marxist critic. There is the clear distinction of the prime two social classes; the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. The Bougeoisie, represented as the officials in this text such as the police, deputies, and major cooroporations, show authoirity over the Proletariat, which is the 99 percent that represent the actual protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park, and across the world in various locations. I would say that if not all, most social classes are represented with clear unjust inequality being represented. The social inequality the laborers or unfortunately the non-laborers are referring to is the rich; which they feel is unfairly benefitted. Within the first sentence in the last paragraph on the first page, it states, “with the rules written to benefit the rich and the connected, they are also just as often angry about issues closer to home, like education and the local environment.” With many of these issues closer to home and due to the corruption of banks and corporations, this results in unemployment rates within the Proletariats and also increased tuition rates for many universities. This is due to the power struggle between the Bourgeoisie, which are the major corporations, the Proletariats, and the middle-working class, which can be identified as the Union leaders mentioned on the second page in the first section on the right-hand side. These Union leaders joined the protesters to help the weak labor movement . From reading this text, these individuals seem to have either low paying jobs or no jobs at all, which is due to the corruption of these major corporations and the banks. The Bourgeoisie’s argument is that these protesters are anti-capitalist and that they are not allowed to sleep in the park but can remain until any time.

  2.    victoriane said,

    November 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    The best lens to use when analyzing the Occupy Wall Street handout is Marxism. A Marxism critique is composed of many things the occupy wall street movement is about. This movement is based on the wrongs of an economic system and the inequalities of society. The one percent of the population is fighting the ninety-nine percent of the population because they are socially unequal. The one percent of the population are wealthy corporate groups, and the ninety percent is the working class of America.
    The occupy wall street protester are against social inequalities. It seems there are two social classes; the wealthy corporate America (banks, insurance industries etc), and middle/lower class every other type of career imaginable (teachers, nurses etc). That small percent of people are running the country and the peoples money, and the large percent of society is suffering from that. The protesters feel money is being taken from their pockets to benefit the rich and it has been leading this country to a huge deficit.
    An interesting point was made in this article regarding the police response to occupy wall street. In Zuccotti park more and more white shirt police officers have been seen “controlling” the protesters. It is very unusual to see the lieutenants, captains, inspectors and commanders (whit shirt) police in these scenarios but these officers have been in the center of many odd behavior. One deputy inspector is being accused of using pepper spray on a woman without a valid reason. It seems here the roles of police are changing. The blue shirts men are no longer the ones fighting this movement. I think its important to know why the white shirt police officer is more involved in this protest than in any other, is it because socially they are closer or more linked to corporate America?
    The wealthy corporate groups are being perceived as irrationals. Instead of helping or maintaining a following economic government they are destroying it. This has been affecting the economy as well as education and local government. The main issue is social equality but each state and city brings in it’s own add movement into the world wide protest that has been changing the course of debate.

  3.    nadiab said,

    November 24, 2011 at 1:48 am

    The Occupy Wall Street movement was started by activists who believe that the source of corruption and greed are from the one percent who are the wealthy corporations such as banks and insurance companies. The rest of the people who are affected by this are the ninety nine percent. This has indeed become a clash between the one percent and ninety nine percent thus making this issue appropriate to be analyzed through a Marxist lens.
    In this movement, the one percent would be the capitalists also known as “the haves”. The proletariats (working class) are “the have-nots” which make up the remaining ninety nine percent. The activists who take part in the role of the proletariats believe that the corruption caused by the one percent affect the ninety percent. The entire system created to benefit the capitalists are said to be against the working class. In turn, the working class is left behind while the one percent is moving forward. By moving forward, the one percent has gained power both socially and economically. With this power, one group in society has progressed while the other is left behind. The one percent has advanced at the expense of the ninety nine percent. This inequality had led activists to pressure the government for a social reform in which the one percent should be removed of such power.
    The creation of the occupy movements has also brought an awareness of the oppression of the ninety nine percent. The activists underlying message is that the ninety nine percent without knowing have become the oppressed. In bringing this awareness to the public, it will send a message to the one percent that people are aware of the issues and demand a change. This change that the occupy movements are pushing for are said to improve the lives of the working class in society. By moving forward in society, this will set the notion that the one percent will not have as much control on the ninety nine percent.
    With the use of their resources, the occupy activists have brought their issues to the media. On the news, the occupy movements have become a topic for many debates between various individuals. It has also sparked political debates among both parties. The use of media has created an alienation effect in which the viewers have become aware of the issues and concerns of the occupy movements and the public responses to it.
    Previous uprising from countries such as Egypt, Israel and Spain have said to have influenced the Occupy Wall Street Movement as well. The effect of the Occupy movement in New York City has also lead to many movements in other states such as California and Georgia. However, not only have the occupy movements had an effect nationally but it has also spurred similar movements worldwide in places such as Europe and Asia. This domino effect has left an impression that these various occupy movements are having an effect on individuals nationally and worldwide. With this widespread reaction, it tells that people have become conscious about the issues and the demands of the occupy movements.

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