The Second Set of Study Questions

HUMN 3303

1.  Freud and Hawking are both scientists of talent and accomplishment.  One,  however, is a medical scientist and the other a theoretical physicist.  What is the difference between the two fields?  Is it an important distinction? 
2. Hawking's status as "poster boy" for modern science is well established.   Now consider the representations of the nations in Spiegelman's Maus.  Analyze the "stories" behind the stories in these images.   What social and political processes are aided by this phenomenon?  Is Hawking's "narrative" similar?  Why or why not?
3. It can be argued that that all three of the authors in this part of the course are prisoners of one sort or another.  Are some prisons beneficial?  Consider, specifically,  Hawking's imprisonment in a wheelchair.
4. Sigmund Freud, according to Dr. Wren is a "modernist".  What does he mean?  Is Spiegelman a "modernist?"  Hawking?    What is a post-Modernist?  Wren claims that Maus represents a post-modernist perspective on the Holocaust.  Support or attack Wren's gross simplification.
5. Take a good hard look at the Art Speigelman's attempt to tell the story of the Holocaust. How does a "graphic novel" differ from say a regular novel?  What features do they share? 
 

6.  Freud and Spiegelman deal much with human character and its limitations. The popular mind identifies the Holocaust as almost exclusively the fault of Adolph Hitler.  Would Freud and Spiegelman endorse such a view?  Why, or why not?

 

7.   One of the hotter issues on any campus in western culture these days is "feminism."  Freud's statement that "woman is th enemy of civilization" certainly bothers many feminists.  Support or reject Freud's observation with your best Sunday- go- to- meeting prose.

 

8.    What would Freud make of Maus and its author?  What,  in Freudian terms, does the graphic novel say about the society that honors it and reads it?

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