Surviving academe, more or less.
I hate to be one to play "I can top that," but, well, I can top that. Or rather my colleague can. A quote from her grading of papers on Latin American History today revealed that "the slave trade helped the Portuguese Crown to fill its coiffeurs."
I was a reader for the AP World History exams. Lots of this kind of stuff. My favorite was that the African slave coast (east) was predated by the Hanseatics.Gotta watch those German merchants ya know.
Oh, I love these. I wish that there were a site or something that just compiled them for my own reading pleasure.
I once had this one by a student who had become bored with "For Whom the Bell Tolls": "Hemingway's novel is very monogamous." One my other favorites was from a student who talked about an author's "sexual in-your-windows."I'm interested to know what comment you offered to the line about "culture" . . .
Oh god, yes!! The way "culture" and "society" get invoked!! Last night I wrote up a handout on this very thing, actually. Ugh!!
Hi, I like your blog, especially as I'm working on my M.A. in pursuit of my PhD. One of these days I hope to swap my own student stories. However, for now I will give you an undergrad history professor I had. He WROTE the book on this stuff after years of teaching. It was sort of like a version of history based on his student's essays. One was "In the Dark ages it was very dark." Yes. Yes it was.
Meredyth--Hi! And that's great; I would love to see that book.An Art History friend of mine once graded an exam in which a student wrote that art from the Dark Ages [who even uses this term anymore?] was so somber because the artists couldn't see very well. At least s/he was using deductive reasoning?
if you can bear it: http://www.amazon.com/Non-Campus-Mentis-According-Students/dp/0761122745/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224692575&sr=1-3
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