Attention: In order to make the Heimat screenings accessible to as many people as possible, I’ve moved our time slot up by half an hour.  So from now on, the episodes will be shown in 117 De Bartolo from 7:30 to 9:30 pm on Mondays.  I’ll see you this Monday for episode two, “The Center of the World.”

Hannah: A woman trying to live in a man’s world

Posted by: Kristi

Gabriel plays little role in Hannah’s day-to-day life, yet his character creates a large impact on her life. She changes her life for him, and adapts her desires sometimes in combination with his. Hannah, I think, is the only woman who desires change in this novel. Men, often want change or change themselves to match other men in the Company. The common occurrences of copying in this novel seem strange to me because they’re all in a new land, yet they still choose to all be exactly the same. Continue reading

A Sense of Belonging

I greatly enjoyed our initial discussion of Edgar Reitz’s Heimat series on Tuesday, and have been thinking about it a lot since.  When I prepared to lead class that day, I anticipated that we would have to work through some largely formal objections – the slow pacing of the series, the many amateur actors, etc.  But clearly I underestimated you, because you rightly identified these characteristics as important elements of Reitz’s style.  And while we may not have found a coherent answer for why he would use such a deliberately amateurish style, we’ve already made significant inroads into our analysis of the series, inroads that we will build on next week. Continue reading


Reminder: We’ll have our first Heimat screening tonight from 8-10 pm in De Bartolo 117.  If you can’t make it, you’ll need to watch episode one on your own time prior to tomorrow’s class.
There will be no student-generated blog post for Tuesday, though I will put something up later in the week so that you may continue your discussion of Reitz’s TV series.  Kristi will post about Holder of the World for our Thursday meeting.

Why Hannah?

Posted by Christina.

Beigh Masters has “devoted eleven years” to the study “of a [single] person”—Hannah Easton Fitch Legge, an interesting but relatively obscure woman dead for three centuries (138). Hannah began as a footnote to Beigh’s search for the elusive Emperor’s Tear, but quickly became her main obsession.

Hannah predicted that “her life would reside in other people’s stories” (199).  Beigh is both a captive audience and compiler of them.  Although they are distantly related, something beyond blood motivates Beigh to assume the task of learning Hannah’s history and perpetuating her memory.  Perhaps, just as Hannah was captivated by the new, “brilliantly hued world[s]” she found herself in, Beigh admiringly views Hannah’s life as a “richer life” than her own (171, 222). Continue reading


Microsoft Exchange is back up, so you can now reach me by email again.  Of course, my office doors are always open to you as well!

The location for our film screenings, which will commence on Monday at 8 pm, will be De Bartolo 117.

The White “Woman’s” Burden?

Mary Jemison     Posted by Allison

A young American girl was captured by Indians and lost her family, while knowing it was her very captors that murdered the people she loved most. She had neither knowledge of the language the murderous strangers spoke nor friend to share the burden of suffering… Mary Jemison knew loneliness. She was adopted into the Seneca tribe by her Indian “sisters” shortly after her captivity and was thrust into a world in which she knew nothing. Mary acclimated herself to the ways of the tribe and little by little, began to accept her new identity. Over time and throughout her narrative, Mary recounts her life in “captivity.” But was she really a captive all those years? Continue reading