death by paper cut

{May 6, 2007}   the eighteenth century

the eighteenth century is more revolutionary than we give it credit for. i am so glad to have taken some modules this semester that touch on the raw nerves of humanity as seen 300 years ago. on a bigger picture, i’m glad that i am part of that humanity that learns from its part and at the university level, put under scrutiny basic things that we take for granted today.

coincidental, the primary sources that are used as a gateway to these times have been recently screened as movies, indicating the relevance of such literature. a while go, i watched becoming jane after having to write an essay on jane austen and principally on pride and prejudice. having an in depth background to the subject in the film, i was able to fully appreciate the customs, manner and times of rural england. it was rather surreal to have jane austen fleshed out by anne hathaway after having done so much academic research on the former.

more than most of the audience in the theatre, i was so thrilled that jane austen was shown to have met with ann radcliffe to discuss the mysteries of udolpho – a book that is covered in my studies this semester.

and while i was trailer surfing over lunch, i came across the 2006 film production of amazing grace and could immediately see the connection with a book i just finished reading this week – an interesting narrative of olaudah equiano, and wondered if the protagonist of amazing grace might have been in the same circles as equiano.

it might be really hard for most to identity with my absolute delight that olaudah equiano was indeed cast as a character in amazing grace.

such are the personalities that my para-social relationships are made of.

see apple for trailer for amazing grace and becoming jane on youtube.


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