Monday, May 16, 2011

Researching a Research Topic!

Today we started discussing what kinds of research we would like to do in Oxford.  We will be narrowing down the general subjects over time into research questions by the time we head there.  My interests lie mostly along the lines of history and architecture, but I need to narrow down the specifics.  Stay tuned for updates!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Reading Assignment

Well, I read our second short story by Zadie Smith; "Mrs Begum's Son and the Private Tutor".
It was an interesting read, and certainly contained multiple perspectives culture and immigration in Britain.  Mrs Begum's family is from Bengali (a country by India), and she hires a tutor for her son, who she believes to be a prodigy.  The tutor is a young British man who recently graduated from Oxford and has been making a living by tutoring since.  The story showcases how immigrants are characterized and assimilated in British culture, and the effects it has on their lives.  Mrs Begum's oldest son actually becomes very angry and retaliates toward the end of the story.  I think this story was helpful for learning about contemporary British culture and immigration issues.