Final Grades Are In CUNYFirst!

Hello All,

I don’t know why they took so long to show up, but I just checked and our class grades are FINALLY in CUNYFirst!

You can check your grade by logging into your CUNYFirst account.  I CANNOT email final grades (BMCC and CUNY policy).

VERY IMPORTANT:

If you received an Incomplete (INC), email me ASAP at jaimeweida@gmail.com  This means that:

  • You are missing the midterm research paper OR
  • You are missing the final research paper OR
  • Both

If you emailed me asking for your final paper grade, I WILL get back to you ASAP.  My mom’s internet connection is not the best, I’m afraid (I am currently at my mom’s house, celebrating the holidays).

Finally and most importantly, I have to thank you all for being WONDERFUL students!  I know it was a rocky semester because I was in poor health, but you all did a great job.  You all should be very, very proud of your hard work and achievements this semester.  :D

 

Click HERE for a webcomic called Khaos Komix by Tab Kimpton.  It is a series of intertwined stories about characters who identify their sexual orientation and/or gender in various ways.  In my opinion, it does a great job of presenting and discussing different types of Queer identity.  There is also a very thought-provoking sequence focusing on a homophobic character who bullies the other Queer characters.

Fair Warning: There IS some explicit content, so this is probably not safe for work!  There is also some very emotional, upsetting content.  However, I think it’s a great read for the winter break.

Also, you can CLICK HERE for the link to another story by the same writer/artist called Shades of A.  It’s a “take-off” (but well done!) of 50 Shades of Grey from an Asexual perspective.

I wish you all a restful, enjoyable, and safe winter break.  If you need another English class, you may be interested to know that I am teaching Women’s Literature (ENG353.1800, on Monday and Wednesday evenings).  However, in any case, please do feel free to get in touch with me if you ever have any questions about English classes or BMCC in general.

 

Thank you all again,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Diamanda Galas

Hello All,

Below is the link to the YouTube recording of Diamanda Galas’ performance of Plague Mass:

CLICK HERE for the link to the article that discusses this work.

Here is a quote from that article that I think really gets at Galas was trying to do in Plague Mass:

“[There is] a story that Galás shared in an interview, in which she described a performance [Note: NOT Plague Mass!] in which she looked out at the audience and noticed a very young boy listening to her perform.  For the rest of the concert, Galás said she felt guilty for the damage she was undoubtedly inflicting on the young boy’s ears and psyche.  However, after the concert the boy approached her and thanked her profusely.  It turns out that he had suffered from a terminal and painful illness and felt unable to express the physical and emotional distress that he lived with.  Here, though, was an artist onstage articulating it, broadcasting it to him and others, for him and others.”

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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PS: Got my facts a little confused on Galas’ arrest; she was arrested at St. Patrick’s cathedral in 1989 for protesting the Catholic Church and the Pope’s stance on HIV/AIDS.  She’s also a member of ACT-UP!  :)

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End of Semester Things

Hello All,

Please do not forget that THE FINAL PAPER AND MISSING WORK IS DUE BY 5:00 PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, IN MY MAILBOX IN N751.

  • CLICK HERE FOR FINAL PAPER DIRECTIONS
  • N751 is the English department, which is on the seventh floor of the main building.  It is just past the first set of elevators and the restrooms.
  • My mailbox is one of the larger ones on the right-hand side as you enter the department, partially behind the secretary’s desk.  It has my name on it (Jaime Weida).

DO NOT EMAIL ANY FINAL ASSIGNMENTS!  IF I DON’T RECEIVE AN ASSIGNMENT BY 5:00 PM ON FRIDAY 12/18, IT WILL NOT COUNT TOWARDS YOUR FINAL GRADE!

My Final Exam Week Schedule (when I will be in my office, N751M):

  • Tuesday December 15: About 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday December 16: About 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

I MAY be around outside of these times; if so, I will post here with updates.  I will try to be in my office the afternoon of Friday 12/18, but remember that I’m going to a very late-night showing of the new Star Wars movie the night before, so I can’t promise!

I will be answering emails as well.
Best,
Prof. Jaime Weida
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Allen Ginsberg

Hello All,

The YouTube video animation of “Howl” with James Franco reading the poem is below.  We watched this in class tonight.  If you keep watching, each part of the poem should automatically load:

Below is the recording of Ginsberg HIMSELF reading his poem:

CLICK HERE for the text of “Howl” plus some other poems by Ginsberg.

I mentioned Audre Lorde tonight and I’m SO sorry we didn’t get to her poems!  CLICK HERE to read some poems by Lorde; I strongly suggest her poems as a topic for anyone who wants to present next week!

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Final Paper Information

Hello All,

Our final research paper is due BY 5:00 ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 18.  YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR PAPER IN MY MAILBOX (LABELED WITH MY NAME, JAIME WEIDA) IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT IN N751 ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF THE MAIN BUILDING.

CLICK HERE for the paper directions.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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Important Information

Hello All,

CLICK HERE for my dissertation chapters on Caitlin R. Kiernan.  You CAN use them as a research source.  Here is the MLA citation:

  • “I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing, Each to Each:” Modernism, Science, Mythology, and Feminist Narratives.  Diss. CUNY Graduate Center, 2013. Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2013. Print.

CLICK HERE to read “Faces in Revolving Souls,” Kiernan’s transhumanism story.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

 

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Update About Today’s Office Hours

Hello All,

Due to a last-minute schedule change, I will be in my office from about 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM today Weds. 11/18.

I will try to schedule some additional hours this Friday afternoon as well.

Best,

Prof. Jaime Weida

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