Saturday, December 03, 2016

Our Home-Grown Onion

Periodically Daisy puts out an issue of our home newspaper called the Animal Times. Today Clara, in a masterful stroke of procrastination, instituted a home-grown version of the satirical Onion

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"Student Turns in Handmade Pants in Lieu of Final Paper"

Student Clara P. shook the academic community this week when she turned in a pair of pants that she had made, instead of the final paper, in Dr. Janet Willoughby-Esperanza's "Introduction to Graduate Study," a seminar-style English class focusing on the films of 1964, primarily from the perspective of gender studies and psychoanalytic film theory. Willoughby-Esperanza described the wide-leg velveteen pants as "a brilliant, radical commentary on the interplay of masculinity and femininity in the oeuvres of these filmmakers."

Clara P. was distressed by Willoughby-Esperanza's interpretation of her pants, stating in an interview with the Pleasant View Pigeon that she had not intended to make any such statement by submitting the pants: "I just didn't want to write the essay. I kept putting it off until there wasn't time to finish the pants and the paper, so I decided to just hem the pants and turn them in instead of the paper." In an email addressing Clara P's objection, Willoughby-Esperanza explained that much of current literary critical theory rejects the idea that the meaning of a work is determined by the author or creator's intention, and stood by her original analysis of the pants' implications.

25 comments:

Missy said...

Really brilliant! Hilarious!

Tonya Davis said...

Hilarious!!

Andrea R said...

Hilariously brilliant.

Kate at Wonderful Life Farm said...

Genius! LOVE it!

Lynn said...

Ha ha! This is fabulous.

julie said...

Love it! This made my day.

Anonymous said...

That's great! Give us more, Clara!
Dee/NY

Judy said...

Clever and funny.

Lisa said...

Clever Clara! I had never heard of The Onion.

Lisateresa

(Why should the creator's intentions have anything to do with anything, LOL)

Lisa Beth W. said...

What a smarty-pants!
That was a great piece, Clara. Very clever. More, please! :)

Kateri Scott said...

Oh, I love it!

Josephine's Girl said...

😊😁😉 C'est tres drole!

Bunnifer said...

That's hysterical! I hope she writes more

Erin said...

Oh, how I adore this. As a former English major whose professors were irritatingly postmodern and deconstructionist, I do wish I'd thought to turn in some pants instead of a paper.

Jen said...

You know that they say... "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Or, perhaps, the road to a failing grade?? :-)

Daisy is quite the writer!

Anna said...

Jen, this was Daisy's big sister at work!

Jen said...

Ahhh, I misunderstood. Well, either way, very impressive!

Anonymous said...

I love this! I needed a laugh today. Clara gets an A in my book!

Dianna said...

I studied English in college about fifteen years ago. Clara's article tickled my funny bone! What a response to the sometimes frustrating task of writing about writing (about writing . . . ).

Carol said...

Clara's writing is so brilliant. Thank you for sharing it. (MD)

Marlaine said...

Hahahaha! >;-)

Unknown said...

Hahaha...thank you for sharing. I needed a good laugh.

The B's said...

Oh my goodness, that is so funny!! :'D

Farrah said...

Hahaha! Very Austenesque.

Fiona said...

Oh I'm loving this, especially since I only dropped in here now because I'm stalling myself on a paper that's due next week ...

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