Towards a Better Memory: Update 3

Well, my project has finally come to a close (just in the nick of time). This has been an extremely enlightening experience and has given me the chance to learn about memory, but also the research process. Although it’s crucial to have an outline and an end goal, one of the most exciting parts of research is delving deeply into a side detail and seeing where it takes you. I had not originally planned to focus so much of the historical aspect of my project on non-literate cultures, but once I started reading about them I discovered they were the perfect foundation. Many other details I hadn’t thought to consider became key parts of my project as well: cultural emphasis on memory and Vedic scholars to name a few. For those of you interested, I have given a brief conclusion of all that I have learned about memory below:

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Why am I analyzing poetry? in process part II

After a belated meeting with my advisor, I feel a greater sense of purpose than before. After a belated meeting with my advisor, I feel more intimidated than before. Most of what I have been doing has been gathering background information about the geopolitical and cultural history of Argentina, and doing close-readings of poems by my poet Juan Gelman. What I haven’t been doing is figuring out who I am trying to analyze and dissect poetry for (besides myself, my advisor, family and friends, and faceless visitors to the poster presentations we will eventually give), and exactly how to frame Gelman’s fascinating discussion of life and death, identity, personal and national memory and more, all in the context of the troubled and sometimes horrific history he lived through.

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