Up to Snuff #105 Historical Writing

Up to Snuff #105 Historical Writing

A place in history

Making a historical art work:

Looking through historical lens such as: social, economic, socioeconomic, cultural, military, religion, political, history of science

Events and individuals of the past

Change, context, causality, contingency, complexity

Primary and secondary sources, evidence, audience, write a thesis question to work from, relevance, intent, accuracy, authority, suffrage, religion, purpose, objective, summary, short responses, consequences, movements,  proximate, necessary, contributory, analysis, constitutional, longitudinal, messages, de jure, de facto, credibility, abstract, transitional language, class relation, social phenomena, brief description, Boolean operators, major concepts, identify keywords, ephemera, posters, postcards, advertisements, change, historical event analysis, plan, critical research question, historical thinking applies, subjectivity

Historical significance:  1) How notable or important was the event at the time it occurred? 2) Did the event affect a great many people? 3) Were the consequences of the event extensive or enduring 4) Does the event symbolize or relate to broader historical trends?

Historical evidence: documents, artifacts, buildings, paintings, photographs, oral histories,

Not evidence: opinion, rumor, propaganda, political rhetoric, historical narratives

What would you like to know more about?

  1. Historical event description
  2. Secondary sources
  3. Primary sources
  4. Research question
  5. Audience
  6. Message tailored to audience
  7. Articulation of response

Who are, where from, goals?

Change over time

 

Up to Snuff #103: Disambiguation

Up to Snuff #103:  Disambiguation

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Disambiguation-

The removal of ambiguity that makes something clear, which may be used in semantics or a variety of forms inclusive of linguistics, art or music. It is the process of identifying which meaning of a word is used in context. “One may disambiguate a word or at the same time, use a recognized word to help disambiguate a sentence.”

In art disambiguation, may imply something relating to existentialism and man’s preoccupation with his own existence. Man’s eternal life may be to disambiguate his existence, origins or the process in art by which man views himself, his condition and world via artworks.  Disambiguation may be a synonym for art.  Disambiguation relates to decoding meaning of the whole or the parts, or the parts for the whole. Each art work in this way of contribution and decoding furthers the idea of disambiguation, by gaining another viewpoint, which contributes to the complete unveiling.

Up to Snuff #99: Writing as Development

Up to Snuff #99:  Writing as Development

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Writing can be perhaps best utilized as “development.”  Writing can develop countries or cultures as in the cases of “Arabian Nights,” or “Wild Irish Rose,” that were used to develop the Arabs and Irish respectively.  Writing can be used to develop cultural branding or build the imagination of their readers as with books such as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” or Emily Bronte’s, “Wuthering Heights.”  Books elicit ideas and personalities form around them.

When making a book list for a reader one notes that she may develop their knowledge, teach them lessons, develop their values, develop their conversation and develop their personality as if by prescription.

Needless to say, when seeking development in general, one may pursue a literary strategy, whether it is to develop a person or a country or a company or a field of knowledge or a campaign.  Should one embark on the development of the arts or of writing itself or economic development for a people, a literary pursuit may be appropriate.  Some of the best developed presidential campaigns began with books.

Things may write into existence.  Another way of looking at development may be looking at the individual development of great fiction.  When writing a great book of fiction one may research words, research language, research setting, document scenes from life experience for liveliness, research, research, research and on and on to write a perfected book by putting all in.  The books result may be a development of the imagination for example and the books start may also be a kind of thorough development of research, ideas and descriptions.

Perhaps how well the book develops a person, place or thing correlates to its longevity or rate of success.  How well was it developed and what did it develop?  Perhaps the writer set out to teach you to be rich?  Perhaps the writer is developing naturalists or passionate types or maturation.

A writer may set out to develop a political party, then develop the political party’s leaders, movements, speeches and campaigns.  Power, in the end, is in development.  One may view it as teachings or wise guide, or a kind of personal triumph that graduates an individual from perhaps complacent to passionate.  One may cultivate beauty or work on big societal ideas and be consciously guided to make improvements.

Based on Harvard’s Press, many Harvard business students generate start-up capital with their initial enterprise as a literary pursuit.  One woman wished to generate capital to end homelessness by documenting it in detail in a literary format to use proceeds to generate power to foster change to oppressive conditions in failed economies.  Books, in the end, can develop both ideas and financing for ideas.

The first rung on a successful ladder may be a literary rung.  One may utilize writing to look through a variety of lenses whether they are social, socio-economic, political, cultural, etc.  By looking through many lenses one may view a variety of perspectives and come to develop historical writing or world view or generate accurate documentation around a world event.  Writing may come to develop an idea about an event that inevitably replaces the event.

If one were to pursue a “power to the people!” strategy, perhaps development goals would serve.  A writer may choose to develop her people’s personalities, their inspiration, knowledgebase, their maturity, their history, their love ability, their culinary.   Literary development becomes a real and tangible “power to the people!”

Stay tuned for forthcoming book “Up to Snuff,” By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu due out in 2020.

Up to Snuff #98: Cambridge Companion Starter Book List

Up to Snuff #98:  Cambridge Companion Starter Book List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

“Cambridge Companions  are a series of accessible thought guides written by leading experts offering lively introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods.” (www.cambridge.org)

All books are preceded by the prefix “The Cambridge Companion to:”

Sappho

Singing

D.H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens

Brass Instruments

Travel Writing

Chekhov

Walt Whitman

Conducting

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Joseph Conrad

Chomsky

Crime Fiction

George Orwell

Baudelaire

Henry David Thoreau

Latin American Novel

Existentialism

Creative Writing

Literature and Disability

Latina American Literature

American Gay and Lesbian Literature

Tennessee Williams

Oscar Wilde

The Writings of Julius Caesar

Literature of the American West

Reminiscences of Rose Bonheur

Life and Letters of Hannah E. Pipe

The Principle of Comparative Philogy (Dept. Linguistics)

The Abbot’s House at Westminster

Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains (Richard Francis Burton)

Aborigines of Tasmania

Aborigines of Victorias

The Gardeners Dictionary

Abstracts of the Chartularies of the Priory of Monkbretton

L’Astronomie Chinoise

Asa Gray

A Treatise of the Eternal Chemical & Physical Characters of Minerals

Body and Mind (History of Medicine)

Chaucer

A Budget of Paradoxes (Mathematics)

Pushkin

Francis of Assisi

T.S. Eliot

Richard Wright

Sayyid Ahmed Khan

Harpsichord

Narrative Theory

Jung

Hegel

Quran

Keats

Byron

Samuel Beckett

Kant

Freud

Kafka

W.B. Yeats

Jesus

Organ

Rabelais

 

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #97: Vocabulary List #12

Up to Snuff #97:  Vocabulary List #12

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Ardent

Avenging

Didactic

Edification

Dreadful

Nevertheless

Impermanence

Meticulousness

Subjected

Repugnant

Uncouth

Pallid

Remarkable

Havoc

Schadenfreude

Boffo

Natation

Intrepid

Apparitions

Fodder

Melodrama

Stalwart

Gusto

Personage

Luxuriance

Well-stocked

Sublime

Endeavors

Placate

Oddness

Naughty

Reproaches

Exclaim

Genuine

Thrust

Shimmery

Grazed

Planted

Thence

Flux

Tempest

 

Up to Snuff #96: Literary Review Boilerplate

Up to Snuff #96:  Literary Review Boilerplate or Template

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu  (Courtesy SNHU, ENG 122_Comp)

 

Literary Review Boilerplate

 

Introduction/summary

(Context, summary, purpose, audience, actual statements from text, identify one area that supports main point with evidence, describe authors style and tone)

 

Claim/Thesis

(Main argument, do you agree or disagree, strong or weak, evidence to support your opinion)

 

Point 1

Point one evidence

Point one two statements

Point 1, 4 sentences

 

Point 2

Point 2 evidence

Point 2, 2 sentences

Point 2, 4 sentences

 

Point 3

Point 3 evidence

Point 2, 2 sentences

Point 3, 4 sentences

 

 

Conclusion

4 sentences

 

3-4 sentences summarizing key points

 

2 Insights about piece

 

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #95: From Research to Design

Up to Snuff #95:  From Research to Design

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Keep graduating

From research to design

With placement in a literary context

 

The historical paper

The research

Thesis

Lens

 

The response

The responses necessities

The plans

The manifestation

 

The party, the campaign, the platform

The leadership book

The conferences, the branding

The propaganda art

 

 

The second and third historical papers

The primary sources

The journal papers

The associated papers

The development

 

A placement within a literary context

The Novel

The creative writing

The resulting poems

The story

The angles or perspectives

The R&D

All the exciting little pieces

The biographical notes

On the road, the vision, the historical events

The journals

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #93: Vocabulary List #11

Up to Snuff #93:  Vocabulary List #11

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fulcrum

Mir

Assailing

Deleterious

Pernicious

Pseudonym

Wretchedness

Exacerbated

Faulty

Doctrine

Blunder

Hastened

Primacy

Mystification

A Spectre

Polemic

Despotism

Subjective

Molding

Implicit

Lauded

Topple

Reproach

Espousing

Seditious

Matriculating

Dialectical

Prevailed

Formative

Impetus

Contention

Arose

Galloping

Galvanizing

Scandalized

Counter-productive

Ineffective

Faction

Agitating

Uprising

Lamentation

Expelled

Motor-Force

Humorously

Satirical

Censorship

Accordance

Broad

Mobilize

Veracity

Whilst

Allegation

Inciting

Acquitted

Expunge

Up to Snuff #92: Vocabulary List #10

Up to Snuff #92:  Vocabulary List #10

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

De jure (segregation)

De facto (segregation)

Flouted

Decreeing

Abridged

Nascent

Suffrage

Ratification

Abided

Circumvent

Expressly

Unabashedly

Balked

Disparity

Stonewall

Epithets

Jeers

Deemed

Absenteeism

Aggrieved

Spurred

Animus

Cooling

Defiant

Relic

Sovereign

Infer

Insular

Curfews

Revoked

Perverse

Culminated

Literally

Provoking

Idle

Seething

Bigotry

Gauntlet

Redraw

Paternalization

exempted

Authority

Usurption

Dismantle

Intransigence

Interogation

Inequities

Chasm

Widen

Tragedy

Unintended

Consequences

Frayed

Stricken

Strife

Poised

Peppers

Anecdotes

Vivid

Cardinal

Controversial

Inescapably

Judiciously

Overwhelm