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Dec 03, 2011 02:55PM

58827 The pleasure is mine! See you around :)
Dec 03, 2011 02:49PM

58827 Oh! Okay then. You suck at this game :o) but welcome anyway!
Dec 03, 2011 02:05PM

58827 Corina wrote: "And I just realized that Andrea was actually one of my students..I was a Romanian Literature teacher for a year :) That`s some coincidence..."

Really!? That's so cool! I love when things like this happen :D Was she a good student! Please tell us she wasn't :o)
58827 Oh no, I meant Spanish translation vs. original. I still haven't decided which I'm going to do. For me it's usually a mixture of fiction vs. nonfiction, complexity, price and availability.

In case it helps, Feedbooks versions tend to be very nicely formatted :)
58827 Thanks, Jim! I downloaded a translation this morning. I'm usually pretty good at judging a translation by flipping a few pages and doing some diagonal reading. But the style of this one does not make that approach very helpful ;) So I think I'll download both and compare.
Dec 02, 2011 08:48AM

58827 Yay, Petra's here!
Dec 02, 2011 08:46AM

58827 Awesome! I'm not sure I'm up for Ulysses, so February is perfect for me. Count me in!
Nov 30, 2011 01:56PM

58827 Filipe wrote: "Haaze, I prefer the originals but I also believe translations are in the frontiers of adaptation, where a work of art gets absorbed and dissolved by other cultural manifestations be it adaptations ..."

Yes, but isn't that a bit too harsh? A book has indeed a life of its own through its many incarnations - that's its nature. After all, it's the reader who makes their own interpretation of the book every time they read it. In fact, I've reread some of my favorite books more than once, and if I were as strict as all that, I'd probably have to say that I didn't read the same book every time. There's no such thing as The Book, static and untouched.

Now don't get me wrong - I prefer originals too. I always watch foreign movies with subtitles, and I know better than most how untranslatable some works of art can be. But I also believe that making the distinction between "original" and "less than perfect" is a bit extreme.
Nov 30, 2011 12:09PM

58827 Filipe wrote: "Alasse, I´ve read on your profile that you like metafiction. Hour of the Star and A Breath of Life (her two last works, one published before her dead and the other little after) are two explicit me..."

NICE!! Now I'm definitely reading something by her.
Nov 30, 2011 11:42AM

58827 Mmmh, got it. That's why I asked - I took a peek at your favorites shelf and I couldn't help but notice a theme :o)
Nov 30, 2011 10:27AM

58827 Filipe wrote: "Alasse, we in Brazil have 3 great literary touchstones: Machado de Assis - Dom Casmurro, Joao Guimaraes Rosa - The Devil to Pay in the Backlands, Clarice Lispector - The Passion According G.H.. The..."

Thank you, Filipe! That is very helpful, really. So why The Passion and not The Hour of the Star?
Nov 30, 2011 08:33AM

58827 Hi guys! Lots of interesting new people - this is going to be so much fun!

Filipe, I've had Dom Casmurro on my TBR-list forever. It might happen sometime next year. And that's all I know about Brazilian lit *blushes*
Nov 30, 2011 08:28AM

58827 Wow, this group is getting really international really fast! Awesome :D I've never been that interested in that sort of Western vs. non-Western distinction, actually. Same reason why I don't really like book lists - the boundary is just too artificial to get heated up about.

I've always felt rather ambivalent about poetry, but for some reason I feel really curious about The Waste Land, and I know it's not going to happen without support. Besides, it seems like a perfect fit for this group, which I interpreted as focused in alternative, more difficult forms?

I wouldn't mind being eased pushed towards more euro stuff, actually. Ever since I joined GR, I've been spending too much time around English-speaking people, and it shows. But that's just me.
Nov 29, 2011 11:44PM

58827 Oooh, I'd be up for a reading of The Waste Land!

re: Latin American authors, I'd never considered not seeing them as Western authors - isn't that division meant to separate the Asian tradition from, well, everybody else?

Of course, maybe that's because they belong in my personal tradition more than many English-speaking authors. Will you believe I read Pedro Páramo at school, yet I never got to Shakespeare until this year? (We read Cervantes for the 16th century).
Nov 27, 2011 04:11AM

58827 Hi Ellie! Whoa, that bad? If Ellie needs that many months to get through something, the rest of us are doomed. Dooooomed!!
Nov 27, 2011 03:42AM

58827 Whoa, that came out a lot angrier than it sounded in my head. I need coffee.
Nov 27, 2011 03:42AM

58827 Stephen wrote: "I said that this seemed to say that none of our notions of what creates male and female biologically, seems to hold. But no one took it seriously. I was told that I didn't understand the work of Judith Butler. Blah, blah, blah."

Wait what?? What's that got to do with Judith Butler? It's a fact, and I thing you made an excellent point - even hard-core science can sometimes question our assumptions about the nature of biological sex. I mean, I don't if it was pertinent to the class, but it's still an excellent point. I got your back :o)

Essentially, my friends don't get that I'm a feminist at all. These are girls who have had every opportunity so far - no one has ever questioned their right to enter medical school and opt for traditionally male specialties in equal terms with our male classmates. In fact, we barely have any male classmates at all - 8 out of 10 new medschool graduates in my country are women. So they feel uncomfortable whenever the subject comes up, because they feel that we've somehow arrived. Feminism is of no use anymore, and I'm a destructive feminist because I refuse to let the guy pick up the check on the first date.

Now don't get me wrong - I'm all for romance and I like my men attentive and caring. I'm all for roses and sharing umbrellas. But it needs to go both ways. These girls don't realize that, though the vast majority of doctors in this country are women, they represent only 20% of professors and heads of department in university. We have simply not arrived anywhere.

And you know why I'm not a destructive feminist? Because I don't think the fault lies entirely with men. Forget about universities - only 15% of Wikipedia collaborators are women. Writing a Wikipedia article doesn't require any sort of male support - you don't need to be hired, you don't need special qualifications given out by men. Yet women don't write on Wikipedia, because even though they can go to college and have control over their sexual lives, they still don't truly believe that they have something to say that the rest of the world will appreciate.

I think it's naive to blame that on some sort of Penile Conspiracy. For god's sake, we already have every basic right that you can think of - isn't it time to accept some responsibility too?

I firmly believe that every time a woman doesn't get hired because she might get pregnant, it is us who are responsible. Because if we forced our partners to take care of the children in equal terms, if we didn't tacitly accept that work-life balance is mainly a female issue, we wouldn't have to take that crap anymore.
Nov 27, 2011 02:44AM

58827 I'm so excited about Woolf too! I read A Room of One's Own recently, which was my first Woolf. I really enjoyed the experience, but of course I know that's not her standard work. So I'd already made a mental note of reading something else by her. I though it was gonna be Orlando or To the Lighthouse, but whatever - I'd rather have the company :D

Stephen?? Please explain. I keep having that conversation with my scientist girl friends, and it's the feminism part that they don't get (?)
Nov 26, 2011 02:28PM

58827 First of all: OMG HOPSCOTCH *drools*

I'm Alasse, and I like big brainy books. I'm also a metafiction freak.

I'm a doctor and currently preparing for a surgical residency, but I'm a humanities girl at heart. Movies, art and specially books play a big part in how I see and connect to the world.

Jim already knows what my approach to discussion groups is. I love goofing around and I don't particularly feel the pressure to say something that will blow people away. However, I also appreciate some structured discussion every now and then, particularly when I'm reading big scary books and I need all the support I can get.

See you around!

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