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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 222: MR. BELFORD, TO ROBERT LOVELACE in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Tuesday, June 6. 
    Unsuccessful as hitherto my application to thee has been, I cannot for the heart of me forbear writing once more in behalf of this admirable woman: And yet am unable to account for the zeal which impels me to take her part with an earnestness so sincere.

     

    But all her merit thou acknowlegest; all thy own vileness thou con…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 276: MR. LOVELACE, TO JOHN BELFORD ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Thursday noon, June 22.
     
    Let me perish, if I know what to make either of myself, or of this surprising creature—Now calm, now tempestuous—But I know thou lovest not anticipation any more than me.

     

    At my repeated requests, she met me at six this morning. She was ready dressed; for she has not had her cloaths off ever since she d…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 503: COLONEL MORDEN, (TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ.) in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Tuesday morning, Sept. 12.
     
    The good Mrs. Norton is arrived, a little amended in her spirits: Owing to the very posthumous letters, as I may call them, which you, Mr. Belford, as well as I, apprehended would have had fatal effects upon her.

     

    I cannot but attribute this to the right turn of her mind. It seems she has been inured to aff…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 275: MR. LOVELACE, TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Wednesday night.
     
    A man is just now arrived from M. Hall, who tells me, that my Lord is in a very dangerous way. The gout in his stomach to an extreme degree, occasion’d by drinking a great quantity of limonade.

     

    A man of 8000 l. a year to prefer his appetite to his health! —He deserves to die! —But we have all of us our ino…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 326: MR LOVELACE, TO JOHN BELFORD in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Wedn. July 12. 
    So, Jack, they think they have gain’d a mighty point. But, were I to change my mind, were I to repent, I fancy I am safe. —And yet this very moment it rises to my mind, that ’tis hard trusting too; for surely there must be some embers, where there was fire so lately, that may be stirr’d up to give a blaze to combustibles str…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 273: MR. LOVELACE, TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Wedn. Noon, June 21. 
    What shall I say now! —I who but a few hours ago had such faith in dreams, and had proposed out of hand to begin my treatise ofDreams-sleeping and Dreams-waking, and was pleasing myself with the dialoguings between the old matronly lady, and the young lady; and with the two metamorphoses (absolutely assured that every thin…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 451: MR BELFORD, TO ROBERT LOVELACE, ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Friday Morn. Sept. 1.
     
    It is surprising, that I, a man, should be so much affected as I was, at such an object as is the subject of my former letter; who also, in my late uncle’s case, and poor Belton’s, had the like before me, and the directing of it: When she, a woman, of so weak and tender a frame, who was to fill it (so soon, perhaps, to fi…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 453: MR LOVELECE, TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 8 months ago

    Uxbridge, Sept. 1. twelve o’clock at night. 
    I send you the papers with this. You must account to me honestly and fairly when I see you for the earnestness with which you write for them. And then also will we talk about the contents of your last dispatch, and about some of your severe and unfriendly reflections.

     

    Mean time, whatever thou d…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 351: MISS HOWE, TO MISS ARABELLA HARLOWE in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 9 months ago

    Thursday, July 20. 
    Miss Harlowe,
    I cannot help acquainting you, however it may be received, as coming from me, that your poor sister is dangerously ill, at the house of one Smith, who keeps a glover’s and perfume-shop, in King-street, Covent-Garden. She knows not that I write. Some violent words, in the nature of an imprecation, from her father…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron edited the blog post LETTER 172: MR. BELFORD, TO ROBERT LOVELACE, ESQ in the group Group logo of Digital Approaches to CLARISSADigital Approaches to CLARISSA: 4 years, 10 months ago

    Edgware, Thursday, May 4. 
    I know that thou art so abandoned a man, that to give thee the best reasons in the world against what thou hast once resolved upon, will be but acting the madman, whom once we saw trying to buffet down a hurricane with his hat. I hope, however, that the Lady’s merit will still avail her with thee. But if thou p…[Read more]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, A Trip to the Peace Corps, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 9 months ago

    ThumbnailI knew that the peace corps was an organization that worked in a service oriented setting around the world. Today I learned that there were more opportunities besides what may meet the eye. I hadn’t realized that […]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, A Visit from Atef Nazir, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 9 months ago

    ThumbnailWhen I learned that someone from the state department was going to be coming, I assumed it would be an ambassador. However, I soon learned that for the department there are many equally important roles, such as […]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, My Field Experience at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

    ThumbnailI had a very exciting visit to the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. It was a lot smaller than I expected it to be but I enjoy the personal atmosphere. I met the curator when I first arrived and we walked around the gallery […]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, My Research Plan, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

    For my inquiry paper, I am going to research modern art and how women are portrayed through it. I will also focus on art specific to the arab spring. I am going to the Jerusalem Fund gallery to look at art by […]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, A journey to Turkey in the Heart of DC, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

    ThumbnailToday I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Turkish festival in DC. I enjoyed a variety of turkish food, which is very spicy, and i even satisfied my sweet tooth with Baklava. I talked to women at a Turkish […]

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, How does art have the ability to define a civilization?, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

     
    The Freer and Sackler Galleries are part of the smithsonian and focus on Asian and Middle Eastern arts. While preparing to go to the museum, I did not know a lot about Middle Eastern art however, I learned plenty about it! I was curious about how Middle Eastern art related to Islam. I wanted to know if there was a significance of art to the Islam faith. I found it odd that the museum had such a montage of exhibits. I was expecting solely art from MENA instead there was art from the UK artists imitating Japanese work to Asian artists. While the museum had a variety of exhibits, I found the last exhibited we visited the most interesting. This exhibit featured a variety of art pieces significant to the Islamic faith from pottery, tablets and glassblowing. My favorite piece was a Mamluk glass mosque lamp. The Mamluk civilization was the pinnacle of trade route control. They either blew the glass very large or very small which are both difficult. The particular lamp was blown very large. The shapes were inspired by the Kufic and the word Allah was incorporated throughout the lamp. The shapes were interconnected and united. This symbolized how Islam’s goal was to be united and equal as a people. The crescent shapes in the piece were alluding to the ruler of the time, Sultan Hasan, who commissioned the piece. The idea of paradise is present which is where all humans eventually want to return. When people go to the Mosque to pray they are unable to see the details of the lamp. One may ask, Why the detail if you cannot see it? The reason is that the beauty is for Allah and it is to evoke and serve him. The work evokes a very key opening verse of the Koran which is,
     Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof almost gives light though fire touch it not – light upon light – Allah guides to His light whom He pleases, and Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Cognizant of all things. (al-Nur, 24/35)
    IMG_1331Mamluk inspired glass blown pieces (Image by Kadie Aaron)
     
    The Mosque Lamp that was glass blown (Image by Kadie Aaron)The Mosque Lamp that was glass blown (Image by Kadie Aaron)
    My other favorite exhibit was the Nasta ’liq exhibit about Perisan calligraphy. They calligraphy was done using a bamboo pen and was seamless. The calligrapher would often use the same movements to evoke a wing-like quality. You can’t just go to Calligraphy school so to become a calligrapher you must show great promise from a young age. Then you can be chosen by a master calligrapher to learn his trade. In many calligraphy pieces the calligraphy is done in Persia and then the piece ends up in china where borders and images are applied. In many cases these images have nothing to do with the words themselves. The words are normally cut and then mounted onto the background.
    IMG_1323Examples of Persian Calligraphy (Image by Kadie Aaron)
     
    In another gallery, there was an exhibit entitled Luxury in Ancient Iran which consisted of primarily silver ware. People in power collected these and they were only used for decoration not practical everyday use. The unfortunate fact about this gallery was that many of the works at one point were probably stolen, looted or bought illegally so it was very hard to date many of the artifacts found here.
     
    Ancient Iranian Silverware (Image by Kadie Aaron)Ancient Iranian Silverware (Image by Kadie Aaron)
    Silver Ware from Ancient Iran (Image by Kadie Aaron)Silver Ware from Ancient Iran (Image by Kadie Aaron)
     
     
    The original museum was commissioned by Freer himself and he had a few stipulations. The exhibits displayed cannot be changed and they must be available to anyone who wants to see them. One of the exhibits is the Peacock Room, which contains many peacock motifs. Freer’s good friend Whistler, who redecorated the whole room in its original location in England, designed this work. One of the the scenes is of two peacock’s fighting which alludes to Whistler’s fight with the original owner of the room. The original owner wouldn’t pay Whistler what he was originally promised. Most of the pottery in the room was from many parts of MENA but no one is sure of exactly how old it is. The exhibits in the Sackler gallery can be changed and have been acquired throughout the years. This contains many of the traveling exhibits. The museum was the first art gallery of the Smithsonian and it took the president to step in in order for the gallery to be commissioned. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and I felt that the tour guides were very informative and helpful.
     
    Islamic Inspired Pottery (image by Kadie Aaron)Islamic Inspired Pottery (image by Kadie Aaron)
    Image of two peacock's fighting exhibited in the peacock room (image by Kadie Aaron)Image of two peacock’s fighting exhibited in the peacock room (image by Kadie Aaron)
     
     
     

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, Inquiry Paper Topic, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

    For my inquiry paper, I plan on exploring women’s relations in the middle east. I am considering focusing on how they are portrayed in the arts, media or society.

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    Kadie Aaron wrote a new post, How does Islam define a way of life?, on the site discovering MENA 5 years, 10 months ago

    ThumbnailWhen I learned that my class was going to The Islamic Center in DC, I was immediately excited. The inside of the mosque was very different from what I expected. I thought that it would be like a church. The mosque […]

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