my schooling in a venn diagram

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My college career has (finally) come to a close, meaning that I’m now — after playing some furious catch-up — only roughly 2.5 years behind everyone else. Whatevs. In any case, I’ve done some closure-type thinking on the work I’ve done here, and found it to be, on the whole, enlightening and engaging and good. But way, way less diverse than I would have expected. Indeed, from all the papers I’ve written (surely a much better gauge of my intellectual leanings than the classes I’ve chosen), two topics utterly dominate: sex and Judaism. I’m probably the only person that this is surprising to, but still.

I needed something more visceral, a cleaner, more immediate assessment of my college career. And so, I present to you a Venn diagram of my chosen paper topics. This is pretty exhaustive, actually; I’ve only discounted a few papers which the assigned topic was so narrow that there was no way sex/Judaism could have been squeezed in, e.g., Music/Art Humanities on specific pieces. (You try bringing in something rabbinic/kinky while discussing Matisse’s classical influences.) For what it’s worth, I was an Econ/Phil major, though my courses aren’t really indicative of this..

Legend after the jump.

1 E-grammar

2 A literary exploration of Cynthia Ozick’s Yiddish-themed short fiction (Comp. Lit)

3 Infidelity, Morality and Assertion in The Apartment and The Graduate (Film)

4 The politicizing of entertainment — and vice versa — in Nashville (Film)

5 Philosophy paper on negative/positive philosophy viz. Marx (Senior seminar in phil.)

6 Forgiving the Self — Yom Kippur and the self-technologies of forgiveness (Anthropology)

7 Poetry of Judah Halevi in Medieval Spain (Medieval History)

8 Premarital Sex in the UWS Jewish community (Sociology of Sexuality)

9 Biblical prophecy in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (American Poetry)

10 Philosophical exploration of the (scientific) homosexual debate (Phil. of Science)

11 Spanking the Circumcised Monkey: History of Masturbation in Jewish Law

12 Vegetarianism in Jewish Law

13 Concept of refuge in Jerusalem

14 Personal essay all about my Jewish grandmother

Written by menachemkaiser

24 December at 17:52

Posted in rants

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  1. i have known you for your entire college career and i was unaware that you were taking several of these classes… would have loved to discuss american poetry with you. i have written so many papers on the waste land.


    24 December at 20:04

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