I will admit when I first started reading the Haltman introduction I had little to no clue what was going on. However, I find the work to be a literary guild. This assertion led me to my next question; why? I almost feel that one could read this work backward and still be able to grasp the understanding of what a Prownian Analysis is. From “description, deduction, speculation, research, and finally interpretive analysis” (11) the reader is taken on a step by step walk of how to conduct quality observations and analysis. I started to wonder, why once again. Why is it vital to know how to conduct research on such a detailed level. While detail after detail may seem picky, it is essential that when conducting research that the research conductor not only provide bland results but quality evidence which shows passion throughout the research process. I found what I took away most was that “words do not analyze objects, we analyze our descriptions of objects”. The statement was profound in the sense that it summaries to me what the NAMES research project is all about. AIDS and HIV are more than just stereotypes and passive vague evidence, it is about stories that have depth and our research must reflect that. I now feel more confident in what my research will turn out like.
The work analyzed this week was a photo essay titled 50 Years Ago in Photos; A Look Back at 1968. While the title of the essay is almost self-explanatory what each individual takes away from the year1968 is different. From the Civil Rights Movement to the beginning of what would become the Cold War; from hunger, famine, to war and death, and triumph in Olympic arenas-1968 was a story of chaos and change. From “riots” (#kbaker) after Dr. King’s death to “beautiful scenery” (#mvolmar) from the moon, it is undeniable that 1968 was full of change but also discovery. Change in this period stems from war, regime changes, civil rights, and the Olympics which brought people from all walks of life together. However, while the change was occurring we as a people were inherently discovering who we were and where we as a nation and a world would be heading. 1968 was violent and many times it seems we forget the lives lost in the civil rights movement. I find the author of the photo essay did an exceptional job at illustrating that we here at home in the U.S. were in the midst of change ourselves. The author showed me that change is not easy and that change is the pain but in the midst of 1968 we can reflect today on how far the change has brought us and see through photography the stories of others.
This semester in English 1102 I will be compiling research about HIV/AIDS and how much progress we have made in terms of finding a cure. I will also research narratives, poems, and monologues composed by HIV/AID survivers with the hope of finding common themes within a groups literary work.