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Watch Closely Now: A Forum of the Future

   Lorraina Pinnell PhD

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Welcome to Watch Closely Now: A Forum of the Future (formerly known as Aspire). This forum showcases a selection of student essays emerging from various English, Literature and Humanities (ELH) courses I teach at RITK. For many of the contributors, the ELH courses are their first exposure to intellectually-driven literary analyses. Incorporating challenging literary, theoretical, and philosophical ideas from major thinkers over the epochs such at Kant, Freud, Nietzsche, Lacan, and Foucault amongst others, the essays demonstrate the students’ spirit of academic endeavor, their adventurism into the world of ideas, their willingness to experiment, and most of all their potential. We should watch them closely now as the future is in their hands. I hope you enjoy reading the essays.

(Dis)Enlightenment by Eris Visoka

Eris Visoka

A thin line exists between sanity and insanity, a socially-constructed line, but a line nonetheless. We wake up in the…

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The Meaning of Meaninglessness and Trace as Tautology in the Sign: The Case of Harry in “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway and Meursault in “The Stranger” by Albert Camus

Julian Kuci

There is a famous postulate by Sartre which states: “…existence precedes essence…” (Sartre 5). Here, the idea is that in…

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     Antigone by Sophocles stands as a literary classic that highlights issues relevant to the human condition since the very beginning…

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Antigone: The Feminist Heroine

Hekuran Haxhija

Antigone, a heroine, icon, and role model has survived the test of time for over two thousand years, and with…

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The Mysterious and Powerful Unknowns within Us

     Amongst many other highly complex processes, human nature is composed of different levels of awareness with the domination of consciousness…

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Antigone’s Acts through the Prism of the Freudian Death Drive

Adriana Cekic & Edita Pozhegu

Sophocles’ tragic drama Antigone, along with its prequels, has passed the test of time as it has…

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