Sunday, March 22, 2009

Baudelaire and Clark

I may complain a bit from time to time about infelicitous things in my students' exams and the like, but really I do have a very satisfactory group (well, three groups since I teach three classes) this semester.
While the number of things I need to get done (prep, grading, journal articles, etc.) tends to prompt feelings of alarm and angst, actually sitting down to grade the second batch of Realism and Impressionism papers has been quite pleasant. Nearly the entire class writes pretty well, and nearly all of them think through the material with admirable ability. In fact, nobody is having any serious problems, although I daresay some of them would like to get a somewhat better grade than they are earning. Thus, while I was a bit perturbed to find that the first two papers I read (examining Baudelaire's "The Painting of Modern Life" in conjunction with two chapters by T. J. Clark) failed to mention Baudelaire at all, those papers were generally all right in other respects. And the best papers in the class are really enjoyable, combining well-chosen quotations from Baudelaire and Clark with pertinent images and supple analysis of art and texts.
This makes me feel, temporarily, content.

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Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

I completely understand your students feelings. I don't like to mention Baudelaire, either.

By the way, Niblet got his stitches out. :o)

March 27, 2009 9:38 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

Dr. Zaius is, of course, unlikely to be in the position of having to mention Baudelaire to me.

Thanks for passing on the good news about Niblet! I haven't been looking at many blogs of late and had no idea he was unwell. Orion and Calypso Spots are shocked to hear he had to have stitches (and Baytril, and all that other stuff).

March 30, 2009 3:40 AM  
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