Wednesday, October 12

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Congratulations, Bethany! Some of you may have seen Bethany's Storybook in Indian Epics already - yes, it has all four stories in it, all nicely polished and revised... and Bethany has in fact finished the class, too, since she's been working ahead on the other reading and writing assignments as well. Here's her Storybook for anyone who would like to take a look at the first finished Storybook of the semester - it's excellent! Misunderstood Women of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Congratulations, Bethany!

Storybook Stack
. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in by 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) The Week 8 Internet assignment is now available. Once again, you will be commenting on the Storybooks that already have at least one STORY available for you to read. Most of the Storybooks do now have at least one story, since many folks who did not publish a story in Week 6 did publish a story for Week 7. Check the assignment instructions for details about how to find your Storybooks to look at for this week!

Spring Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting for Spring classes, and these online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class.

Wednesday Events on Campus. FREE POPCORN from the Union Programming Board in the Union first floor lobby, from 11:30AM to 12:30PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Wednesday at the Campus Calendar online.

Sita Sings the Blues. The folks in Indian Epics have now finished up the Ramayana (this week is a review week), and then they will be moving on to the Mahabharata. There are many different versions of the Ramayana, of course, in many languages and styles, in addition to the two books we read in class - including a recent animated film by Nina Paley, called Sita Sings the Blues. You can see a trailer for the film at YouTube, or you can visit the Sita Sings the Blues website - and you can even view the movie online since Nina Paley (a personal hero of mine) has released the film under a Creative Commons license. As she explains at the website: From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.