Reading Literature With Computers

  • Reading Literature With Computers

    Thoughts on Beloved, Part #1

    One of the most interesting things that came up in class was our debate over the pronunciation of Sethe’s name. At a glance you would assume it’s pronounced “Seth” with a silent “e,” but there are others who think it pronounced “Seth-uh.” I personally think of the first option, because I’m falling back on my school in French. In my experience learning French, typically adding an “e” to the end of a word makes it feminine but doesn’t change the pronunciation all that much. So for example, when describing a person’s hair color as blonde (as we tend to spell it in English), you would write “blond” if describing someone…

  • Reading Literature With Computers

    Initial Thoughts on Beloved

    As we wrap up the first week of classes this semester, I am both excited and a bit apprehensive about the this class and the topics we will be covering. However, this is not a bad thing! I merely say this because I am not an English major and this is only the second English class I’ve taken at UMW. Plus this is a 400-level seminar, which is both exciting and a bit daunting. I have been looking forward to this class, especially since Dr. Whalen is teaching it and all of his classes I have taken so far have been great! Earlier this week we began discussing some of…