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Galería fotográfica y musical 9: A Streetcar Named Desire

Lucía Rodríguez:

In “A Streetcar Named Desire” the colour blue appears consistently throughout the play. Later on, its occurrence is explained as one of the images that were fixed on Blanche’s mind after a dreadful event in her past. Consequently, the blue eyes of her lover seem to surround her, and the colour acquires additional importance for the text. This is Eréndira’s blue eye.

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Karina Lamas:

I did not know how  the Vasouviana polka in Blanche’s deranged head sounded, so here it is:

Alethia Ochoa:

When I was walking on Reforma admiring the cultural exhibitions of different countries around the world, these Arabian lamps caught my attention.  They reminded me the light bulbs that Blanche refers to in the play because of their weak and mystic light as if they want to disguise the blinding light of reality.

“BLANCHE: I don’t want realism. I want magic! [MITCH laughs.] Yes,
yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to
them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that
is sinful, then let me be damned for it! -Don’t turn the light on!”

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Etzel Hinojosa:

While walking among the antique cars of the exhibition that took place in Las Islas in Cu, I felt that I traveled back in time. There were many cars of the time Tennessee Williams wrote his play, so that it was easier for me to imagine the kind of setting in which A Streetcar Named Desire took place. I thing that the car of the firefighter men was the closest thing that could resemble a streetcar. There were moments in which its owner turned it on and made an annoying noise that made me also remember the continual noises that helped to create the atmosphere of the play.

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Valeria Becerril:

I really like the Simpson’s version, it may seem silly when you just see the musical clip but the entire episode portrays Blanche in a far kinder light than the film or the play and it does it well. Still I like the funny side as well so I was sorry that I could not find the one with the actual video. It shows Marge flying with the aid of a harness and surrounded by lasers to represent Blanche’s descent into madness.

Eréndira Díaz:

I came across this word some weeks ago “desire path.” It is the path that is created alongside the “official” one. This new path is created because it represents the shorts or the easiest way to go between one point and another. The width of the desire path and its erosion are the indicators of the amount of use that the path receives. Although Williams may have wanted to show the opposite, a desire path could prove that desire might emerge as a shortcut.



Galería fotográfica y musical 8: Faulkner

Lucía Rodríguez:

While sitting next to me, Karina started rubbing her knees, and this reminded me of the obsessive behaviour Anse Bundren displays when he is forced to choose between her children being with their mother in her deathbed and three dollars, in the first chapters of As I Lay Dying; Darl, as a narrator, notices: “‘It’s fixing up to rain,’ pa says. ‘I am a luckless man. I have ever been.’ He rubs his hands on his knees.” (12)

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Alethia Ochoa:

The arid land of this cemetery in Oaxaca could portray the
inhospitable southern place in Jefferson where the Bundrens buried


Karina Lamas:

This picture that was taken by my sister made me remember about Vardaman Bundren’s famous and puzzling quote “My mother is a fish.” Although this quote probably means “Addie’s decorporealization into metaphor, memory, and print” (Pease 87) for me it represents how inapprehensible is Addie’s dead for little Vardaman.

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Etzel Hinojosa:

Last weekend, there was an exhibition of antique cars in CU. I found this little model of Herman Munster’s car, a character of the black and white show called The Munsters. I could not stop thinking about all the trouble the characters of As I Lay Daying could have avoided if they put Addie in one of this motorized coffins.

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Valeria Becerril:

The song is “Not my cross to bear” by the Allman Brothers, which I think goes nicely with the theme of As I lay Dying.

Eréndira Díaz:

The dryness in Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is the most vivid sensation I have from having read that novel. The day I took that picture, I was actually on a bus and it had been a long trip. The air conditioning had been on all night and I was freezing, but then the sunlight and the feeling of warmth awoke me. The same sun that haunts the Bundren family and causes them to be as dry and arid triggered in me relief.


Galería fotográfica y musical 7: Kingston, Millay, cummings

Etzel Hinojosa:

Although the picture of the advertisement is incomplete, we know it is the picture of a woman. I find interesting how our brain is able to fill the empty gaps in order to complete the feminine image. This photo made me remember The Woman Warrior because one of the struggles of the narrator is her problem to find a middle point between the American and the Chinese image of a woman. In other words, she wants to find a way in which the two images, as in the advertisement, can be combined to create a third one.

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Lucía Rodríguez:

The bird seems to be of great importance in The Woman Warrior as it is the animal that the warrior woman follows in order to meet her fate. Also, in another part of the novel, the narrator emphasizes the idea that the birds trick her family (51), rather confusingly. Additionally, it is a sign of good omen when her father leaves the village, “There was a sea bird painted on the ship to protect it against shipwreck and winds” (61).


Montserrat Ochoa:

Reading in the memoir how the sons and daughters of Chinese emigrants try to assimilate the American society in which they have born, and especially when the girls in junior high try to stick their eyelids to look less Asian, made me thought of the Asian inferiority complex and which were the roots of it. As we can read in the memoir, Chinese society has a lot of responsibility for these events, the more they try to enclose their community the more they expose it to be like “the other.” This image shows a product that serves to glue the eyelids so eyes look more Western. Normally people blame “the other” for imposing stereotypes, but in this reading I realize how much blame has to be placed in the entity that does not accept its qualities and follows the rules of “the other.”


Karina Lamas Evangelista:

This lucky Chinese cat and this Chinese take-away menu made me think of the trivialization of an ancient culture as well as how the stereotypes affect  the self-aprehension of the narrator as a first generation Chinese descendant.


Alethia Ochoa:

As we know one of the main themes in cummings’ poetry is spring. In
this photo I am sitting in a garden with flowers and reminds me one of
my favourite cummings’ poems:

everywhere’s here
(with a low high low
and the bird on the bough)
—we never we know
(so kiss me)shy sweet eagerly my
most dear

the new is the true
and to lose is to have
—we never we know—
(the earth and the sky
are one today)my very so gay
young love

we never we know
(with a high low high
in the may in the spring)
(forever is now)
and dance you suddenly blossoming tree
—i’ll sing


Valeria Becerril:

As in Karina’s photo here we can see the trivalization of the oriental culture in order for it to fit with the occidental one.

Eréndira Díaz:

e.e. cummings got his name  because of a printing mistake. I doubt Frost would have decided to rename himself. This book is at Biblioteca Central.


Galería fotográfica y musical 6: Chandler, Hammett y Salinger

Alethia Ochoa:

This picture of a carrousel could represent one of the images of
paralysis in Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. In this manner,
the carrousel could imply movement and change, but always it is at the
same place, as well as Holden’s life when he intends to travel and
change his life, but, at the end, he remains in the city and does
anything to change it.
“Anyway, we kept getting closer and closer to the carrousel and you
could start to hear that nutty music it always plays. It was playing
‘Oh, Marie!’ It played that same song about fifty years ago when I was
a little kid. That’s one nice thing about carrousels, they always play
the same songs” The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger


Karina Lamas Evangelista:

This song by Nick Cave made me remember how important is for Holden, who is very young, to take decisions that are going to change his life. Holden’s decisions are quite important for this novel to be a Bildungsroman in which a development or growing of the individual is implied.

Etzel Hinojosa:

Wherever he goes, Holden is always looking through a window. Sometimes it is because he cannot deal with what is happening inside the room where he is; and sometimes because he just want to witness what is happening in the outside world. This is significant because it represents, in a way, the internal conflicts of the main character.

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Lucía Rodríguez:

This plant reminded me of one of the final images in Raymond Chandler’s short story “Red Wid.” The image of the damage caused by the red wind, and that stands for the irreparable destruction that this world of corruption and chaos has caused is one of the most striking ones in the story, eventhough it precedes the calmness, freshness, and vastness of the ocean. The narrator explains: Everywhere along the way gardens were full of withered and blackened leaves and flowers which the hot wind had burned” (1573).

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Valeria Becerril:

This choice may seem a little too simple since I chose a song called “Catcher in the Rye” but it is a perfect example of the tradition left by Holden as we can see from the chorus which goes “I don’t want to be no hero/ I wouldn’t care to wear a halo.”


Eréndira Díaz:

This photo was taken at a botanic garden. In the middle of it, there was this large lake and there was a sign that explained that they had not covered the lake because at a time of the year, many different species of ducks migrated there. The ducks that appear swimming in “The Catcher in the Rye” reminded me of this photo. As you can see, I was not lucky enough so as to visit this place when ducks are in it. Nonetheless, there was this beautiful (and tremendously big) heron which stays at the season where ducks are not around, once they come back, the heron goes away. There is an equilibrium which we all living beings have and maintain; much as the carrousel that does not lean nor falls because of its uniform coming and going, I feel we are all part of a similar movement.


Galería fotográfica y musical 5: Mark Twain

Karina Lamas Evangelista:

Lucía Rodríguez:

While reading Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this rhythm came to my mind.

Etzel Hinojosa:

One weekend I was visiting one of my mother’s friend and I saw this in the livingroom. I think these objects esely represent the common image that we have of Huck, although the whisky at the back is more related to Huck’s father

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Valeria Becerril:

For Huckleberry Finn it was clear that I needed a song by Creedence. The difficult part was choosing just one, while “Green River” might have worked it deals more with nostalgia and Huck´s journey is the search for freedom which I think “Proud Mary” symbolizes perfectly.

Eréndira Díaz:

I took this photo last year, a couple of days before my birthday as I was coming back from a trip. I was passing by this section of the highway which has always been surrounded by a really big lake. A long time ago, most of my family used to live very close to that lake and I remember I was always afraid that the car might fall into the water. And having gone through that highway for years, every time Huck reminds us that he is following the river, makes me remember myself close to this lake. (When I took the photo, after all the years of having memorized that highway and having never fallen into the water, I was still afraid of drowning, yet I couldn’t stop looking into the sun’s reflection on it). Maybe Huck would have feel as dangerously hypnotized by the river as I was by the lake.


Galería fotográfica y, ahora, musical 4: Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman.

A partir de este bloque de lecturas, podrán enviar música (de preferencia enlaces de youtube) además de fotografías o en lugar de éstas.

Va mi contribución musical; algo que, desde que apareció, siempre me recuerda los tres textos de esta semana.

Por si no queda clara la idea, otro video con una de las canciones de Vedder e imágenes de la película:

Alethia Ochoa:

“For the sense of being which in calm hours rises, we know not how, in
the soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from
time, from man, but one with them, and proceedeth obviously from the
same source whence their life and being also proceedeth. We first
share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as
appearances in nature, and forget that we have thought. Here is the
fountain of action and the fountain of thought. Here are the lungs of
that inspiration which giveth man wisdom…”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”


Lucía Rodríguez:

Although the reference to Leaves of Grass may be quite obvious, this image is actually a reminder of a passage in “Song of Myself” that I have always considered of utmost beauty, when the speaker is conversing with a child on the meaning of grass, and he reaches a charming conclusion: “And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves” (110).

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Etzel Hinojosa:

The other day, just as I was arriving home, one of my roomates was watching Hey Arnold!, an old cartoon, on tv. In this chapter, the main character visited an aquarium and he found that one of its turtles lived in complete misery. He then told what he had seen to his grandmother and they decided to take illegaly the turtle back to the ocean. In the scene that I show in this picture, both characters discuss wether it is correct or wrong what they were doing, and so the following diaologue takes place:
ARNOLD: But, grandma, isn’t it against the law?
GRANDMA: Against the law of the king perhaps, but against the law of common decency, I think not

This immediately made me thing about what Thoreau stated in his own essay, “Resistance to Civil Government,” where he expressed that the individual was obligued to act according to truth even though this was against the law of man.

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Valeria Becerril:
This song reminds me of Thoreau´s idea of embracing nature.

“Amazing Grace”, Aretha Franklin

Aparte de que esta versión es más gospel que spiritual, la confundí con otra donde sí hay un uso muy claro de call-and-response (la buscaré); sin embargo, esta versión es un buen ejemplo de la construcción colectiva de la pieza.