Wednesday, July 13, 2016

So I've been silent for a while... That's because I've been moving my fiction writing to a new blog just so I can separate it from my academic writing. I'll continue to post my academic work here as well as the works cited pages for whoever needs them.

Remember to cite your sources properly and don't plagiarize

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Breakout Stars
Korean Artist, K-Pop, and the American Music Industry
         The emergence of Korean culture in the United States isn’t something that is new. For years artist from South Korea have slowly become a part of American culture, such as Rain a K-Pop and R&B artist who starred in the movie Ninja Assassin and was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World.” Bryan Walsh wrote in the 2006 article on Rain that, “Rain is the face — and well-muscled torso — of pop globalism” ( Although Rain didn’t debut with an English language album he was able to establish himself in the United States and bring over the Hallyu Wave to the Western World. In Choe Sang-Hun and Mark Russell’s article “Bringing K-Pop to the West” they describe what K-Pop means “K-pop is part of a broader trend known as the Korean Wave and called ''hallyu'' in Korean. The Taiwanese were among the first to notice the invasion of Korean soap operas in their television programming in the late 1990s and gave the phenomenon its name. Until then, the term had referred to the cold winds blowing down from the Korean Peninsula” (NYTimes). Yet the Korean Wave still hasn’t rained on the Western World as widely as expected. The only artist that has been able to truly breakout in the American Music is PSY, whose popular Gangnam Style has become one of the most well-known songs. The difficulties that Korean artist face when trying to enter the American Hip-Hop industry is that they are faced with a culture that believes that true Hip-Hop is an American made industry. Korean Hip-Hop is a part of the Korean Pop or K-Pop industry is still Korean in the eyes of the western music industry and although some artist have attempted to break-out in America no one has been able to do so even with PSY paving the way.

Monday, December 14, 2015

            Kitty Fane, a young wife of bacteriologist Walter Fane finds herself in a world where her former life as a debutante in upper-middle class England isn’t sufficient. In a land where the cholera epidemic runs rampant and children are orphaned by the disease. W Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, follows her story, as a young wife who is caught in an affair with another man, betrayed by her lover, and is suddenly thrusted into a world filled with disease and death. What make’s Maugham’s novel interesting is that it isn’t about the affair but about the growth of the character who suddenly realizes that her life isn’t a closed world filled with parties and becoming the wife of a respectable man. Kitty’s growth within the novel is about how the world around her shapes who she becomes once she’s away from the life that she had known. The Church and the disease within the town made her realize that life wasn’t only about who she was but who she should be as a person.

Monday, November 30, 2015

            The role of women in novels is one that always changes as the world itself changes, histories are altered, women are liberated, and the past comes to light as a time that had once oppressed women. Chinua Achebe’s novels Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease both center on male characters and women are in the background pushing the story along and changing the lives of the male protagonist. As an answer to Achebe’s novels Chimamanda Adichie wrote the short story “The Headstrong Historian”, unlike the male protagonist of Achebe’s Africa Adichie’s story is centered on a female character from the same Ibo village from Things Fall Apart. All of the female characters in these three stories live in a patriarchal society that is created from traditions and religious influences. Though they influence the male characters and have strong personalities they’re still tied down to the male heirs, husbands, and sons.

Friday, May 22, 2015

When pop music hit the airways in the mid-twentieth it changed everything around the world. Music expressed the feelings of the masses, it gave a voice to the voiceless, and gave artist the power to influence the world. One way that music has become a major influence for the people of the United States and Britain was that it gave a voice to those who worked. Whether they were restaurant workers, office workers, women, or men music voiced their problems to the world and made it known that the hardships they faced were faced by everyone who didn’t live in the top tier of society. The theme of work for many musicians was a personal battle for others they saw how hard those around them worked to make a meager salary. How many would turn to a life of crime in order to feed their families. For women music and the workplace was a double edged sword at time because many of them still had to deal with gender roles that would place them under a man. If a woman was a musician there was in likelihood that her music would be written by a man. For over fifty years music has been the one common denominator for those who have worked hard and lived under the thumb of other people, whether politicians, their bosses, or the managers who ran the workplace. These songs gave them a voice, or better yet a song to express their problems and give them the strength to be able to stand up to the wrongs that they faced in the work place.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Video games have long lived a life as being just a recreational tool for people to get away from the hassles of everyday life. People sit at home in front of a console and play for hours and in some cases days without stopping. Yet the thought of video games as a tool for literary theory is still new for many people. Most believe that games don’t have stories and perpetuate violence to younger generations, the characters are two dimensional, and the story just isn’t a substantial literary device. There is often a misconception that for something to be a work of literature it must be written in a book and studied in classrooms. Within the past few years the gaming industry has introduced many video games that have had long storylines that parallel many novels that have been written throughout the years.  Many of these games are also being adapted to film just as many books have. So has the industry of literature as a medium for entertainment expanded to include video games? In Jesper Juul’s article “Games Telling stories?-A brief note on games and narratives,” he asks the question “Do games tell stories?” This can be answered by the release of Naughty Dog’s 2013 video game The Last of Us, in which the story plays a central role to the video game. Another aspect of this game that can also be used in a critical lens is the fact that the majority of the characters that interact with the two main protagonist are female. The game doesn’t follow many traditional gender roles, the main female protagonist of the game can attest to that as she herself doesn’t follow the traditional role of a damsel in distress. An additional aspect would also be the deep psychological ideas that the game instills on the player through the story, the main female protagonist clings to a father figure because she didn’t grow up with her parents. Everyone she gets close to dies either right in front of her or due to the illness that she is immune to, she masks her feelings through other interest but it doesn’t hide the deep psychological scars that follow her. What is it about the female characters in The Last of Us that break barriers in both psychological views as well as feminist views? There may be a reason why there are so many strong female characters in The Last of Us, a story set in a post-pandemic society, could it be that telling a story through multiple mediums change the perspective of how women could be in the future.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Proud Moments!