blessed be students sending requests on Sunday when their deadline is on Monday letter 2/26/2017
“I read your writing and I liked it. Thank you for sharing such an important memorable object.
There are many ways you can engage with the article for buttressing your ethnographic evidence (your memoir) with theory.
You can open the article and see what theoretical concepts are mentioned there and with which you would like to engage.
Some of the examples are: “social self”; “life-story”; “token”; “spacio-temporal orientation” (the question to ask here would be, do you keep this card together with other cards or separately? Why together / why separately?); what “rhetoric of display” are being used here–do you demonstrate it to your friend and guests or only a selected group / no one, and why?
For instance, you are interested to think about what this post card tells us about post cards in our culture: how are they used? When are they sent / written?
Why death makes this piece particularly important?
How is this post card being deployed in your construction of self? What story about yourself do you tell by telling the story about your friend? What qualities do you claim for yourself in this selection of post-card?
How people think about their loved ones? Why do we keep things connected to loved ones? Why don’t we discard them or discard in some specific way?
If you choose to engage with “token,” say, you might want to open the dictionary and read:
1. a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling, etc.
“mistletoe was cut from an oak tree as a token of good fortune”
synonyms: symbol, sign, emblem, badge, representation, indication, mark, manifestation, expression, pledge, demonstration, recognition; More
2. a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services, typically one given as a gift or offered as part of a promotional offer.
“redeem this token for a free dessert"”
The first definition is more useful for you. Think about how "token” is different from “representation” and “indication” or “sign.”
Those are just several quickly picked by me directions in which you can develop your writing. You might take it in a number of other different ways. Obviously you cannot do all of them at once in such a short writing. I hope it helps. Best to you completing your assignment, and let me know if you have other questions.”