Welcome to our class blog! Feel free to make yourself at home. This will be an archive of all of your wonderful, smart work during the semester.
For this first post:
After reading Derrida’s Archive Fever, discuss, in your own words, what Derrida means by “archive.” Because this is a complex text, look up words and concepts you don’t know, and begin to forge some kind of meaning out of what you read. There is no right anwer. Instead, you will notice that you will begin to understand the text as you go back through it to write about it. You might consider how “the picture not taken” [discussed in class] might relate to it? What does this say about past and future? Or what it means to alter the archive, memory, knowledge? Once you’ve done that sufficiently and thoughtfully, discuss what technology has done to the archive, both according to Derrida and using your own observations. You could refer to the art exhibit, Archive Fever, or “How Documentary Became the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking” reading and/or Misty Keasler’s picture not taken.
For these posts, don’t be afraid to make them your own; be creative and artful in your response. Use craft, but also be self-reflective. SAY NO TO CLICHES! And please stay very close to the text for this first post. Do close reading and thoughtful writing as a way of opening up the prompt above. I look forward to reading!
Remember | Blog post requirements:
Critical Blog Posts:
1) Should engage with the text
2) Refer to specific examples from the text under examination.
3) Pose at least one question for class discussion.
4) Be a minimum of 300 words.
5) Include a descriptive title and relevant tags for navigation and indexing.
6) Must be proofread and spell-checked.