Writing Seminar

Writing Seminar - Jeremy Ney WRIT 026 Traweek In Tim Roods...

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Jeremy Ney WRIT 026 Traweek In Tim Rood’s The Sea! The Sea! The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination , the author analyzes a moment in history and its progression through culture and society. When Xenophon’s army shouted at Trebizond, they unleashed an idea into the world that would be sculpted, broken, and reshaped in classrooms, battle lines, movies, and novels. At various moments in time and at various locations, not even necessarily at the sea, the two words would have a certain influence on those who recalled Xenophon’s triumph. In this book, Rood seeks to uncover the foundations of those influences and how they all fit together. Rood shows the cultural impact of the shout “Thalatta! Thalatta!” by presenting many different layers of ideologies and contexts. Rood begins with a short historical background of the march so he can open up the discussion to its cultural significances. The story had a place in the hearts of English schoolboys and soldiers alike because of how it captured their sense of adventure. Rood again geographically focuses on Xenophon’s account as he analyzes the ideas and messages that Irish and English authors utilize in relation to the sea. These messages of liberating and romantic emotions are at the core of Thalassa ’s cult following. The sight of the sea and the resulting shout goes beyond just this and holds political, historical, and emotional depth that has been able to persist through time in various forms. In movies, paintings, radio shows, hiking expeditions, and an abundance of literary pieces, the idea of The Ten Thousand was bridged from past to present. These works, however, did not do complete justice to Xenophon’s adventure as they skewed the story and sentiments while occasionally poking ironic fun at the shout. The book draws on many different mediums and ideas in order to show the influence of the Thousand’s shout on modern society. Though the shout began as the sound of accomplishment, Rood greatly expands the shout’s interpretation by presenting different types of evidence in each chapter. He uses this book to outline all of the ideological amenities that one must consider when referencing Xenophon and Thalatta. Rood illustrates how the shout evolved to fit into the modern mindset by feeding off of integral events or emotions that were pertinent within that society. By jumping from individual instances to the classroom to the physical location, Rood takes the reader on a journey to grasp the power of these two words as others have in the past. The book seeks to understand the obsession with the phrase by pulling apart all of the layers and seeing how and why society has decided to praise it.
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Chapter 1 Says: The Greeks shouted, “Thalatta! Thalatta!” on their return home from war but these words extend beyond this moment and into many different works. Does: Chapter one places “Thalatta! Thalatta!” in a historical, yet timeless context. the
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course WRIT 026 taught by Professor Traweek during the Fall '10 term at UPenn.

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