Final project analysis

Final project analysis - My project is a feminist...

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My project is a feminist recreation of The Canterbury Tales . I included “The Toolbox” as an epilogue to the project to show why a discussion like the one in “The Feminist Tales” is needed. “The Feminist Tales” “The Introduction” I read a modern-English version of The Canterbury Tales in high school, and fell in love with it. I have always loved rhyming poetry, from Shel Silverstein to Robert Frost. The Canterbury Tales was so rich, that I decided write a modern version of the pilgrim’s journey. For the past two years, I have struggled with what I wanted to write about. SWMS 301 inspired me to write about a feminist journey. My version of The Canterbury Tales is about a journalist who gathers a group of women together on a camping trip to discuss the future of feminism, and asks them each to tell a tall tale which would incorporate their feminist philosophy. I chose to have the discussion take place on a camping trip to emphasize that the feminists would be creating knowledge outside of social constructions. At the end of the discussion, the journalist will publish the women’s stories—and the new knowledge they have created—as the future of feminism. “The Feminist Tales” is not meant to be a critique of The Canterbury Tales. I do not know the original stories well enough to analyze them and do a feminist critique. I simply liked the structure and general idea of the journey to Canterbury. I am aware that “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” would make a great feminist critique. I wish I knew both the story and English literature well enough to do so.
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Furthermore, “The Introduction” was partly used to pay homage to the original The Canterbury Tales . The first two lines in my version of the Tales (translation is the Penguin version by Nevill Coghill) read, “When in April the sweet showers fall/And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all.” I changed the lines only slightly, and tried not to alter their original intent. I also briefly mention the Wives of Bath to create a connection between Geoffrey Chaucer’s female image and my own feminist version of female imagery. “The Physicist” “The Physicist” is about the formation of knowledge, and how our “knowledge” would be different without the input of men. I explore this theme in detail in The Prologue. It opens with a discussion about Christianity. The physicist challenges her listeners to use the empirical method and prove that Jesus really did walk on water. However, her challenge has one caveat: Even if someone proves to her using the empirical method that he did, in fact, walk on water, she says that the “Truth is only enduringly Real/Until a better Truth has been revealed.” Nothing, she claims, is 100 percent true. A proof is only true until a better proof has been discovered. She then poses the question, “But what would have happened, you insist/If the male species did not exist?” Her story about a village of healers and a little girl who planted the first seed of
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course BUAD 305 taught by Professor Davila during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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