VM2x13huh by crackers4jenn

I hate writing essays, in fact I'd rather be poked in the eye with a blunt stick

Spent the day writing the most garbled, incoherent essay I have ever written.  I have spent the last few days attempting to understand the question with no apparent success.  My goal today was just to fill up as many pages as was possible with some sort of close approximation to an answer to the question, which was as follows for anyone remotely interested:

Consider and comment on Brian McFarlane’s adaptation of Roland Barthes’s theories concerning narrative functions.  In particular, use Archie Weller/Sally Riley’s (short story, screenplay and film) to explain, support or contest the following argument:

“The most important kind of transfer possible from novel to film are located in the category of functions proper, rather than that of indices, though some elements of the latter will also be seen to be (partly) transferable.  Barthes further subdivides functions to include cardinal functions (or nuclei) and catalysers.  Cardinal functions are the ‘hinge-points’ of narrative: that is, the actions they refer to open alternatives of consequence to the development of the story; they create ‘risky’ moments in the narrative and it is crucial to narrativity … that the reader recognizes the possibility of such alternative consequences …  [W]hen a major cardinal function is deleted or altered in the film version of a novel … this is apt to occasion critical outrage and popular disaffection.”

Nope, absolutely no idea what it means, and I've read it over and over, even the whole chapter that the quote is taken from - must admit Barthes, et al and semiotics usually has me screaming in sheer incoherent frustration.

To add to my crappy day, when I went to print off the essay, after most assuredly saving it on the laptop, and then e-mailing it to myself, so I would receive it on the desktop, the version I opened was the original 30 word document I started on this morning - not the 1200 word one I saved at 4:10pm today.  Massive panic attack, frantic calls to lecturer, more panic attacks, and then I slowly calmned down and started searching for the document.  It was saved under temp docs because I had originally opened it from an e-mail (DUH!!!).  Finally handed it in with 5 minutes to spare.

Now all I need to do is read Richard III for tomorrow.

P.S.  kassto I've finally received my copy of Ultraviolet (the dvd company apparently has a different definition of "in stock").  Looking forward to talking to you about the show!


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Oh poor Deb. Glad you got the essay written finally (and found where it was lurking on the HD). Don't envy you that in the least (I couldn't even read the question all the way through, let alone understand what it was asking *g*)

This is number 20 out of 20 subjects I need to do for my BA - I've never had such difficulty understanding a concept before - it's so frustrating! I'm going to talk to my tutor tomorrow and decide whether I should continue with the subject.

Bloody computers! Today's lesson has been, save to memory stick/flash drive (whatever those bloody little gizmos are called) and then transfer file.
This is number 20 out of 20 subjects I need to do for my BA

Would you be able to switch subjects? Shame to get so far and stumble on the last. Hope the talk with your tutor helps.
Unfortunately the cut off date was a couple of weeks ago - I talked to the tutor today, apparently about 99% of the class had similar problems with the essay, so I don't feel quite so bad. Fortunately we don't have to use that particular theory again if we don't want to.
Fuckin' academia. You know what I think of it. It's the opposite of journalism. Take a simple idea and make it as complicated and obtuse as possible so only a highly educated elite of obfuscators could ever understand what it meant.

Very much looking forward to your thoughts on Ultraviolet.