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  1. #341
    Quote Originally Posted by TownieDeac View Post
    I'm thinking of it from the point of view of students, and I wonder if you're thinking of it from the POV of students or professors, given your place in between in academia right now.
    My first post was thinking from an (undergraduate) student's perspective and second, from my own as an instructor.

  2. #342
    Quote Originally Posted by TownieDeac View Post
    I just don't know completely how to feel about its implementation in college courses yet.
    Do you think that a five minute lecture on the first class-day and a short statement on the syllabus about the content of the class-texts is unreasonable? I don't think that it should be mandated by any means, but, in my opinion, it is worth the small trouble.

    Also, I'm not sure that I find compassion and empathy to be suggestive of a 'paternalistic' pedagogy.

  3. #343
    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    People are asking for advanced warnings of depictions of suicide; rape, assault, and violence; and particularly harsh portrayals of racism.
    I was a bit taken aback by the suggestion within the article for an anti-semite trigger warning concerning Merchant of Venice. Such a preface could negatively affect student's interpretation before the book is even cracked, no? I read Shylock as a sympathetic character in an unsympathetic time.

    I'm also having trouble finding how such a play could revive traumatic experiences for undergraduates.
    semi-aquatic like otters be.

  4. #344
    WARNING: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN IS RATED "R" FOR RACIST

  5. #345
    The world doesn't give a fuck about your sensitivities and the sooner you learn that the best.
    Hungry

  6. #346
    Agreed, Kory; I think some of the article's suggestions go well beyond reason.

  7. #347
    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconCav06 View Post
    The world doesn't give a fuck about your sensitivities and the sooner you learn that the best.
    I think there is a big difference between sensitivities and traumas (and mental illnesses), and I think the world would be a better place if more people understood the difference.

  8. #348
    I would have appreciate a trigger on Jane Eyre warning that it might cause me to die of fucking boredom.

  9. #349
    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    I think there is a big difference between sensitivities and traumas (and mental illnesses), and I think the world would be a better place if more people understood the difference.
    I don't disagree, but you could be watching any movie, TV show, or stand up comedian and without warning them talk about suicide or rape or mired wring an entire family and you're not going to get a trigger about that.
    Hungry

  10. #350
    Well I was hoping for some interesting summer reading ideas. Never mind.

  11. #351
    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconCav06 View Post
    I don't disagree, but you could be watching any movie, TV show, or stand up comedian and without warning them talk about suicide or rape or mired wring an entire family and you're not going to get a trigger about that.
    You are right, obviously, but that doesn't mean that people shouldn't do what they can to help...especially if the effort required is minimal.

  12. #352
    Quote Originally Posted by Ball State Deac View Post
    Well I was hoping for some interesting summer reading ideas. Never mind.
    Read the Johnny Carson book by his lawyer. It's not deep but it's entertaining if you can't get enough of that "old hollywood" stuff.

  13. #353
    Quote Originally Posted by OldGoldBeard View Post
    I would have appreciate a trigger on Jane Eyre warning that it might cause me to die of fucking boredom.
    ********SPOILERS********

    You must have missed the part where there is a mother fucking psycho-lady living in the attic who burns down the entire mansion house.

  14. #354
    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    You are right, obviously, but that doesn't mean that people shouldn't do what they can to help...especially if the effort required is minimal.
    True, but outside of a syllabus I don't think the school should have to give advance warning

    There are absolute mindfucks that come out of nowhere in great college courses

  15. #355
    oh god, great expectations could have used that boring warning as well

  16. #356
    Quote Originally Posted by OldGoldBeard View Post
    I would have appreciate a trigger on Jane Eyre warning that it might cause me to die of fucking boredom.
    Oh man, I totally forgot how much I hate you!

  17. #357
    Do you hate violence, sexism, perverseness, rape, elitism, brutality, discrimination, and patriarchy? YOU'RE GONNA HATE SHAKESPEARE!

  18. #358
    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconBrews View Post
    Do you hate violence, sexism, perverseness, rape, elitism, brutality, discrimination, and patriarchy? YOU'RE GONNA HATE SHAKESPEARE!
    Don't forget colonialism!

  19. #359
    Jane Eyre sucks

    Wuthering Heights sucks

    The Awakening sucks

  20. #360
    Quote Originally Posted by buckets View Post
    True, but outside of a syllabus I don't think the school should have to give advance warning
    Here, I agree with you--I don't think warnings should be the result of a mandate. But I don't at all agree with the oppositions to trigger warnings on the grounds of academic freedom that the noobs in the article seem to posit, and I'll continue to offer one-time warnings in general opening day discussions in my own classroom.

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