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EMO-Quest: Investigating the Affective Turn

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“Why are so many scholars today in the humanities and social sciences fascinated by the idea of affect?” (Ruth Leys 435) “No one has yet determined what the body can do.” (Spinoza) “first encounters with theories of affect might feel like a momentary (sometimes permanent) methodological and conceptual free fall.” (Gregg and Seigworth, 4) 1. Key Terms Affect should not be confused with a personal sentiment or feeling. Affects are encounters between bodies, material objects, and mental or ideal bodies. Moreover, the study of affect crosses over into perceptions of the environment, which is composed of sensory information. Yet affect often appears to be unconscious and non-ideological, which represents a challenge to intellectual and rationalist approaches to phenomena. The interest in affect could be understood as an appeal to a new materialism that explores embodiment of sensations. Ruth Leys (434) has argued that a common distinction between affect and emotio

Working in Pairs: Correlative Conjunctions

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Fourteen Examples of  Correlative Conjunctions 1.        as . . . as 2.        just as . . . so 3.        both . . . and 4.        hardly . . . when 5.        scarcely . . . when 6.        either . . . or 7.        neither . . . nor 8.        if . . . then 9.        not . . . but 10.    what with . . . and 11.    whether . . . or 12.    not only . . . but also 13.    no sooner . . . than 14.    rather . . . than Wiki Examples: You either do your work or prepare for a trip to the office. (Either do, or prepare) He is not only handsome, but also brilliant. (Not only A, but also B) Not only is he handsome, but also he is brilliant. (Not only is he A, but also he is B) Neither the basketball team nor the football team is doing well. Both the cross country team and the swimming team are doing well. You must decide whether you stay or you go. Just as many Americans love basketball, so many Canadians love ice hockey. The more you practice

Exam Performance - diagnostic and tips

" The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." --- F. Scott Fitzgerald Have you recently received your exam results? Are you preparing for an exam? I have made a short list of some of the best tips that will help you to improve your exam results in the future. How many of these strategies DID you follow (or not) in your recent work? Employ short blocks of time for work. Develop a balanced workload between all subjects means variety. Select days off work for leisure. Write down a list of reasons to be motivated. Reward yourself for doing the hours planned. Starting to revise too late in the process. Don't just rely on your revision sessions run by your school or college. Summarize your notes. Create Mindmaps or other visualizations to aid recall. Devise your own mnemonics or memory games. Read and study past exam papers. Ensure that you know what the

For and Against Memorizing Poetry

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This petition was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government; the deadline 30 March 2015. At the time is attracted only 366 signatures, despite being widely circulated as a link on social media. Petition: End of GCSE English Literature for All, 2017 GCSE English Literature from 2017 will require students to remember between 15 and 18 (depending on exam board) poems in an exam in order to 'closely analyse' them. Signatories ask government to consult with the English teaching community as to whether this is the fairest and most meaningful way of assessing students' understanding and appreciation of poetry. There has been no such consultation on this matter to date. Meanwhile the learning of poetry for public recitation is increasingly popular. Moving beyond the controversial rote-learning for exams issue, this blog explores some of the advantages and disadvantages of learning poetry for pu

World's worst writing and cliche speech

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“So, with all due respect, at the end of the day, I personally, I'm fairly unique, whatever? So I’m, well, so absolutely annoyed by English language clich├ęs. It’s a nightmare. At this moment in time I shouldn’t of   mentioned it, but it irritates me 24/7. So try to be a bit more original, going forward: it's not rocket science!” Further Reading : It's so annoying (The Spectator) Did the SO controversy start in 2011?  BBC ( Daily Telegraph ) Most annoying phrase s in the English language; Top Ten ; Worst business jargon .