One of your first assignments this year will be to design a website that will represent your experiences in HumCore, your life on campus, and your thoughts on public events. A website is a good place to start thinking about writing because it asks you to situate yourself as a writer by considering purpose, audience, voice, medium, etc.
As you develop your website, gain new experiences, read new texts, write new blogs, and converse with your readers, that purpose and voice will likely change. This transformation over time defines the writing situation, one in which you begin with an idea that becomes complicated in the very process of writing.
The Humanities Core Research Blog provides a a curated group blog in which our course director, lecturing faculty, seminar leaders, students, and other members of the university community will reflect on this cycle’s theme of Empire and Its Ruins as well as our practices as writers and researchers in the Humanities at UC Irvine.
“limbo like me”: A Reading of Kamau Brathwaite’s “Caliban”
Someone called Edward Brathwaite makes a brief appearance in Roberto Fernández Retamar’s famous 1974 essay “Caliban: Notes toward a Discussion of Culture in Our America.” Like Caliban in Aimé Césaire’s play A Tempest, Edward Brathwaite later changed his name. But whereas Césaire’s Caliban demands that Prospero “call me X” (20), Brathwaite chose the name Kamau. […]