Brainstorm:

I am still interested in doing something with the Spanish translation of the movie, hoever due to a midterm and many deadlines from the past two weeks, I have not been able to focus on this as much. I hope that this will be the week I refine what I want to write about.

 


 

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Dodgson’s room at Christ Church

“It remains a city where men lose their souls, but in a place of moral perdition and loss of faith, there is abandonment to the charms of a ‘dreaming city'” (970).

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I am traveling to Oxford this summer, so this is a pretty haunting quote to read about before my trip. Yet at the same time, it is not. We have also heavily discussed in this class how our time in college is the place where we are essentially reborn, whether it be emotionally, intellectually, sexually, morally, etc. I think the first line from this quotes represents this quite well, because in order to be born again, or find yourself, you have to lose yourself first.

“Such was his meticulousness that he even kept a record of every dinner party he hosted in order to not serve guests the same dish” (972).

Dodgson sounds like me whenever I planned social events for my organization. Every detail had to be perfect, and nothing had to be a copy of last year’s events. He really was a fascinating person.

“The most striking of Dodgson’s oddities was his series of friendships with prepubescent girls, whose company he found more amenable than the adults by whom he was surrounded” (973).

I had a teacher in high school that got along with his students more so than his coworkers. One of my classmates had a going away party when she moved and she invited this specific teacher to her dinner party since he was really close to us students. Although I could not go, I later on heard that this teacher spent 99% of the time conversing and joking around with the kids/students rather than with the adults present. He didn’t click with people his age.

Something I noticed while reading: Dodgson is always portrayed/photographed writing, thinking, or just sitting at a desk looking another way, but never at the camera (1057-58).

“He continually concentrated on two types of sitters: celebrities and young girls. The former reflected his fascination with fame and success, the latter, his passionate attachment to the spirit of childhood that remained a part of his character throughout his life” (1143).

While reading over this section of Carroll’s photography, it made me realize how well Carroll followed his interests. He often did not care of how his hobbies would provide him money since he was fueled by his passions. He was a math professor yet had his moments where he took the time to analyze celebrities and young girls as subjects for photography. And yet he also added aspects to analyze.

“More concerned with his sitters and their families and friends, his work evoked a sense of intimacy and sensibility rather than the nobility or theatrically inherent in the work of most of Victorian portrait artists” (1144).

I once was asked to define the epistemological meaning of art, and I recall that I had decided that one of the core factor for art was the authenticity of the work, meaning that the artist was willing to stay true to their style rather than conforming to the standards/status quo of the art around him/her.

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“The upper zone refers to the ‘sphere of imagination, mind and spirit, and intellect and creativity'” (1204).

I was having a hard time truly understanding the implications of this. So when a person elaborates the upper zone with their characters, they are channeling these characteristics? And to what extent? The more the characters travel into the upper zone, the more so? It is really interesting.

” The lower zone corresponds with the past, but it also reveals human sexuality and needs” (1204).

This is also really interesting. I like how it talks about the past and that somehow goes hand in hand with needs and sexuality.

“There are indications, however, have a very strong association with his mother, maybe even to the extent of holding onto a part of his own childhood and not cutting the ties to his mother sufficiently” (1208).

It’s interesting how regardless of anything, Dodgson is always portrayed with something strange. The essay argues that there is no reason to assume Dodgson was a pedophile, but does imply a type of Oedipus complex. My point is that Carroll is never seemed as a normal person, people are still trying to define him and it’s interesting that it involves strange practices.

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