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1001 Nights-Burton style vs. Lang

 After I started the Burton version in ELF website, I went back and checked how the Lang version looked in comparison to it.  What I found was that:

There are differing titles for the stories (The Fisherman and the Jinni vs. The Story of the Merchant and the Genius)

The Burton version has much older seeming language , and that turned off this modern day reader

Burton version had many praises of Allah 


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House Episodes

Here is the link to House episodes available online.

We're looking at Season 4 - House's Head.

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Second set

 For the second set of tales in Arabian Nights, I read "The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban," "The Story of the Young King of the Black Isles," and "The Story of the Husband and the Parrot," all still in the ELF translation.  To be completely honest, I was still not thrilled.  I had the same likes and dislikes that I spoke about in the last post.  I thought the transitions/some phrasing and stuff in the stories was clever, but on the whole, I didn't really like them.  I like to read things that I can get more invested in, and since the stories in Arabian Nights are so anonymous and legend-esque, they're not really for me.

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more tales

For our second reading of the Arabian Nights, I decided to pick up from the first tale and read in chronological order the next three (since it seemed that a large number of the class read the first few begining stories, and this would lend some common ground). I attempted to read the first tale on the ELF site in Burton's translation, but could not find in myself a willingness to continue after the paragraph of all-caps. Instead, I read the Lang translations of: "The Story of the Merchant and the Genius" and "The Story of the First Old Man and of the Hind" and "The Story of the Second Old Man, and of the Two Black Dogs"

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Notes Towards Day 24: Tacking on Morals?


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Having Our Cake and Eating It Too

PLEASE provide me with feedback on my cake project...  What did you like?  What didn't you like?  What might I do differently next time?  How do you feel about me baking my final project for our literature course?

Also, see my blog for more on the cake project

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Arabian Nights

 In Arabian Nights, I read "Prologue," "The Story of the Merchant and the Genius," and "The Story of the First Old Man and of the Hind," and I read them on ELF.  

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All or nothing?

 I read the Thousand and One Nights tales from the ELF site, and the tales that I chose were The Story of the Merchant and the Genius, The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban, and The Enchanted Horse. I decided to skip around because I wanted to get a sense of some of the early, middle, and later stories, but when I have time I would like to read all of them, and in order. Some stories lead into other stories, and these stories are part of the secondary story which is a part of the Thousand and One Nights main story. So I feel like, to get the full effect and being able to understand the main underlying story, you need to read all of the stories in order.

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Reading Arabian Nights

Because I love reading in bed, I bought a paperback copy of Arabian Nights at Barnes and Noble.  I thought that this text was especially appropriate to read in bed before sleeping.  I was with the king and the younger sister, a fellow listener.  The stories distracted me to the point of losing sleep or oversleeping the next morning.  The interlaced serial nature of the text was incredibly addictive.  I found myself craving another tale and another tale after that.  A like bites of a cake, each forkful delicious...

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When I watched "Metropolis," I didn't see an overwhelming amount of connection between the film and "Persepolis," but there were a few noteworthy similarities that I picked up on.  The most significant similarity, I thought, was that both tell the story of revolutions against corrupt leaders put together by the people.  The revolutions were not at all the same, but they had a lot of the same elements (people coming together, copious amounts of violence, etc.).  I also noticed the similarity in the stylization of the images, as Anne mentioned in class on Tuesday.

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a thousand and one nights

I enjoyed the three stories that I read in A Thousand and One Nights-- I read the Electronic Literature Foundation's online selection of the stories, which were translated by Andrew Lang and Sir Richard Burton.  I love how the stories flow into each other, making a seemingly endless storyscape.

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Arabian Nights again

 So far I've read the first 9 stories of the Arabian Nights collection off of ELF. It's interesting coming back to read these again after years of not doing so. I read many of the Arabian Nights stories when I was younger. I owned the book, which was a gift, and I read several stories before bed every night. Now, I don't remember a lot of them. What's interesting is that the first time I read these stories they were in Turkish. I only wish I had a better memory for the times, or at least to book so that I could comment as to whether I had different experiences while reading the stories in different languages. 

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Arabian nights

 I read the first 5 Arabian Nights stories from the ELF website. I definitely see the connections between Scheherezade and Marjane, as they were both educated women who used story-telling in a freeing way - Scheherezade for her people and Marjane for herself and her beliefs. The 'story within a story' aspect of the Arabian Nights tales can be slightly confusing, but they're definitely simple to understand. The ELF source includes pictures along with the actual words, which relates to the graphic aspect of graphic narratives, but I really didn't pay close attention to them, much like what happened when I read the graphic novels.

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holy moments

the concept of holy moments in movies fascinated me, mainly because i had never thought about it like that before, and its true, movies do do that for me, as do tv serials - i remember me in high school and whenevr i was having a particularly bad day i would just sit in front of the tv and watch anything that was even midly interesting, simply because it distracted me. and thinking about it, obviously its a successful distraction - it takes over your sense of vision, sound and a good part of your mental cognitive ability, leaving little room for thought.

a book on the other hand needs more work, you need to read it, and sometimes, if your thoughts are too loud, you skim the book, because you can. and its easier.

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metropolis and persepolis

the movie metropolis didnt remind me of persepolis at all.. while i could see a connection because both of them were in black and white and dealt with gruesome topics, persepolis was an autobiography - it was real, it had soul and layers and was something you could connect with.

metropolis on the other hand, seemed flat, almost 2D, it dealt with important concepts and did so in an intersting manner but there was nothing legitimate? im not sure, i just didnt see the connection in a relevant way.

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another summary

we began class by taking a look at peoples responses to the movie Persepolis - the class seemed to have similar reactions in terms of concepts and things like the fact that the movie was in french, the soundtrack it had, the addition of movement, lack of borders and its play with colour.

what the class did not seem to agree on however was whether the role of an adaptation (the movie was one of the book)  was to preserve the original - a discusion which presented itself in bits and pieces throughout the class.

aybala50 enjoyed the music in the movie - she said it added a layer to the experience which the book couldnt do. she also thought that it gave the movie more direction because the film maker could control how we felt through this soundtrack.

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Arabian Nights

I read the first 8 (or 9?) stories from the ELF online version, mostly because I didn't want to buy another textbook when I'm in the midst of packing my room up to move out.  I'd known the premise of the book, but I had never heard any of the individual tales.

I was surprised at how short some of the stories are.  Given the premise, I was expecting to hear longer stories, so that she was only telling one story at a time.  Instead, I was surprised to find out that she was telling many stories within the context of a much longer story, and we ourselves are reading both of those within a much longer, better known story.

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The Story[ies] of my Choosing

For Thursday's assignment I chose to read The Story of the Envious Wezir and the Prince and the Ghuleh, The Story of the Husband and the Parrot, and the Story of the Porter and the Ladies of Baghdad, and the of Three Royal Mendicants, Etc. All of these were from the Harvard Online Collection.