J.D. Jankowski

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    The Relationship Between Odysseus and Telemakos

    Analyze the relationship between Odysseus and Telemakos of “The Odyssey”. Specifically, look at the characters at their start (Telemakos being more passive, Odysseus being more hot-blooded). How do they develop? How do they influence each other in their development? How is this relevant in driving out 108 suitors from Odysseus’ home, all vying for Penelope’s hand? How does Athena influence both of them?


      The Decline of the Play in Poetic Form

      The play in poetic form was popularized by Shakespeare, with works such as "Twelfth Night", "Hamlet", "Othello", et cetera. The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries had a number of playwrights who wrote their plays in poetic form (Aside from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Racine, come to mine). However, only one such play was written in the Twentieth Century (T.S. Eliot’s "Murder in the Cathedral", and in the 1930s). Is there an explanation for such a decline in such authorship, and if so, what is it? Some factors that I would consider would be court culture (Versailles is an example), court funding for such work to have patronage, how absolute the ruler is, et cetera. If there are other factors that you would note, I am all ears.

      • The Ancient Greeks made poetic drama and dramatic verse popular before Shakespeare. I believe he effectively stole a number of their plays to make his own. We should also note that prose never became much of a thing until a little past the middle of the last millennium.Before we leave the realm of literature for its external influences, I think it's worth thinking hard about how much poetry has been in decline overall. Not long ago I attended Simon Armitage's inaugural lecture as Professor of Poetry at Oxford; the whole thing was about how poetry was a struggling and even dying art form. The history of poetry itself should be a primary concern for this topic, and subsequent to that should be insights into how popular opinion of verse has shifted.Yeats's verse dramas should also definitely be considered, and the effects of the greats of drama in prose around the turn of the century - Ibsen, Shaw, for instance - ought also to be examined as influential. – JekoJeko 4 years ago

      The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the 1970s

      Analyse how the transformation of the United States during the 1970s affected the world of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. These changes can be cultural, such as Mary discovering that her male predecessor in her producer job made more money than she did, Lou’s divorce from his wife, and Lou’s one-night stand with Sue Ann. But these changes can also be economic, such as Phyllis making cutbacks in the household, and gaining employment (in addition to her housewife duties) due to inflation. These angles are examples of what can be used in an article.

      • One interesting angle to explore this topic with would be to look at the ideas of femininity and masculinity and how postmodern American politics pertaining to gender shaped these types of TV shows. Of course these policies impacted the show's content as well as Moore's own personal and professional life as a woman. – aferozan 4 years ago
      • This is a great topic; one that I would definitely be interested in writing perhaps myself. As Aferozan mentioned, it would definitely be advantageous to look at the ideas of femininity and masculinity. Originally, Mary Richards was supposed to be moving because of a divorce, but producers were afraid that it would appear that she was divorcing Dick Van Dyke (Rob Petrie) from The Dick Van Dyke Show; as such, they had Mary leaving town because of a boyfriend. That in itself is interesting when concerned with masculinity and femininity, and it's odd to think that people would not be able to differentiate Laura Petrie from Mary Richards.As The Mary Tyler Moore Show progressed, it definitely dealt with cultural issues of the time - Mary was a single woman who had boyfriends and stayed the night with them on occasion; the show dealt with equal pay for women, homosexuality, and addiction, to name a few. It was definitely snuggled appropriately with other groundbreaking series of the 1970's like "All in the Family", "Maude", "Good Times", etc.I would love to see this topic written about, and will keep my eye on it. If it isn't grabbed, I would love to take it. :) Great idea! – Douglas 4 years ago
      • A sad, ironic comment related to this topic is that while MTM's efforts way-back-when supported freedom for women, she succumbed to cosmetic surgery - which I believe are fueled by sexist expectations pressuring women (often by women) - and now looks awful. – Tigey 4 years ago

      "Aeneas and Dido" in the Context of "The Aeneid"

      An obvious difference between the epic poem "The Aeneid", and the opera "Aeneas and Dido" is that "The Aeneid" discusses how Aeneas created the foundations for Rome, whilst "Aeneas Dido", by Henry Purcell, only focuses on the aspects of that epic poem that focus on the relationship between Aeneas, and Dido. With that stated, compare the two works, and discuss the modifications that Purcell made to his opera. Specifically, given that the opera was written in the late 17th Century, discuss what role nationalism played in the plot if any (in light of the Roman, Trojan, and Carthaginian dynamics). What role does amourous emotion play in both the epic poem, and the opera (including, but not limited to Dido’s suicide)? The role of the gods in both should also be discussed.

      • Through out the entire of The Aeneid, Dido only appears in a fraction of the books so if anything I'd say that it's more of focusing on the lens of their relationship and the storytelling displaying their relationship. There is far much more to The Aeneid beside this such as his long and tasking journey and the battles he had to rigorously fight against both man and gods. – Kmo 4 years ago
      • Can you elaborate on the role of the gods more so?? – williamshackelford 3 years ago

      Teiresias: A Literary Study

      Teiresias is a character that appears in a number of Greek plays,and other Greek Literature (namely, the trilogy of the Oedipus Cycle). Teiresias seems to have the role of the wisest of all men in the literature of Ancient Greece, with his role in the plot to either expose it, or to play an otherwise pivotal role. How is this done specifically? From whence is his wisdom derived? Also, is his prevalence any indicator of an ideal, or an actual, venerated person?

      • One could look specifically at the different stories about how Teiresias became blind and the way that his physical blindness is compensated by spiritual vision. The figure of the blind seer becomes an archetype throughout Western literature, from John Milton to Gloucester in King Lear to Anchorman 2. Teiresias also reappears in modern literature, such as T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. – JLaurenceCohen 4 years ago

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      I actually prefer the subs because I enjoy reading the translation. It allows me to compare the Japanese to how the translators are interpreting the Japanese, and sometimes, see where the translation could be improved.

      The Anime Dub Controversy

      The impression I get from the article is that the open-ended nature of the game allows the player to decide his own game. In other words: the player serves as the descantor.

      Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Musical Rebellion

      I think this a very useful marketing analysis for the modern movie. I do think that it is limited in scope to modern movies that have a large, devoted fan base. Movies adapted from books that don’t have this kind of fanbase are less apt to encounter a problem from deviating from the original work. “True Grit (1969)” springs to mind, in that the happier ending found itself at odds with the more macabre ending in the book. If anything “True Grit (2010)” was truer to the literature.

      I personally wouldn’t consider fans as having power over a studio, but rather more as influence/input as the most realistic, and soft power at most. The studio still makes the movie, so all power does belong to them. They ultimately choose to go along with the fan base, try to create a new one or take a loss or marginal gains and do what they want altogether. Having said this, you are showing that there is much to be said about the prudence of a film studio in respecting an original work and ultimately its fan base in accommodating the author’s specific artistic vision, particularly when you have a fan base as you have described. It reminds one of the saying, “Vox populi vox Dei.” I enjoyed the piece. Nice job!

      An Analysis into Screen Adaptations

      I do see your point with a big motive to do bad things in CKII, and do affirm the general point to an extent. I do, however, think that you are downplaying the dangers of failure in an evil enterprise (plots for example), because backlash I do think occurs more than you let on. Th here is also plenty to do administratively (a key component to building an empire in CKII, especially if you are building), and can pay off dividends, especially as a Merchant Republic/Commonwealth. Also, pretty much anyone of any religious faith in-game can start a holy war against a neighbor of an opposite faith (or excommunicate/decadent in the case of Catholic and Muslim faiths respectively), and that is an easy, straightforward way of winning land when well-prepared and careful. It would have been nice to hear you address this function. You are correct however that the more conventional ways of land-grabbing can take much longer. The piece was enjoyable. Nice job.

      Crusader Kings II: The Necessary Evils of Medieval Politics

      I found your use of Chesterton, as a way to analyse Peter pan to be excellent, in that it illustrated that Peter Pan took the worst possible path in life.

      The Problem of Peter Pan: Should Choices Hurt?

      I find it interesting that a definition that you give for sublime came from a figure of the Enlightenment. The only point of concern that I have is that you may have read too much into current conceptions of gender to make your argument.

      The Sublime's Effects in Gothic Fiction

      In many ways, fantasy is the opposite of the postmodernism that you mentioned, in that it seems to me that fantasy is a form of a backlash against postmodernism. As such, I think fantasy shall survive, along with other forms that run counter to postmodernism.

      Fantasize the Fantasy Tomorrow

      I like the comparative nature of the article that you have put forth. I only wish that you included more sources for Turn 10, in addition to the Forza 6 material.

      Realistic Console Racer Soup: Two Parts Forza, One Part Project CARS