Catharsis–The Gabriel’s World Blog on Media, Writing and Art

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Welcome to Catharsis, the Gabriel’s World blog on media, writing and art.  

Catharsis was a concept Aristotle wrote about in his text Poetics. People are drawn to stories because of the emotional catharsis the work represents–what connects to them.  The writing in this blog focuses on that sense of Catharsis, including emotional connection (what’s called in Hinduism Rasa), tropes, semiotics, inter/intrasectionality and mimesis/anti-mimesis.**

More on me if you landed on this page (welcome)–my background is here. More on the Gabriel’s World series is here.  To read about my professional experience and background, please go to this page.

You are welcome to leave comments and questions, and contact me at gabrielsworld@outlook.com. If you like the blog, please like, post to social media or recommend. I am also available to speak to youth groups and college organizations in the New York City area.

 

Blog Divisions:

Chance Encounters–Reviews, Recommendations, and Recaps  

Netflix, DVR, Prime, and a Little Spare Time  
About shows and other entertainment you might have missed the first time around.

London Spy (BBC)                             

London Spy Recap Episode 1
London Spy Recap Episode 2
London Spy Recap Episode 3
London Spy Recap Episode 4
London Spy Recap Episode 5

Soon to come! Sherlock

The Personal is the Political

Standing up Against the First Hundred Days

A Little Respect–Queer Art & Life  


Movies, TV, Art, Stories, Writing, Commentary

Voice Training as a Genderqueer Person
Writing a GenderQueer Character
Writing a Gay Character
Queer Characterization
Using Rasa
Assessing Credibility of a Source
Changing Your Mind, Thinking Like a Writer
How Do You Know You’re a Writer–Your Frame of Mind
Targets: A Poem on Human Rights and Standing Up


**Oscar Wilde said in his essay The Decay of Lying that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”and that anti-mimesis (an opposite theory to the mimesis theory that art imitates life) “results not merely from Life’s imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realise that energy.” My feeling in art is that both mimesis and anti-mimesis apply. Art is life, but it need not be realistic. Life can be art, regardless of who one may be.

I acknowledge other sources and post links to some of those sources. Some of my ideas and writing have been used in my teaching, and I am adapting for the use in this blog. The same linking permissions for the rest of the site applies to this section. By providing links to other sites, Gabriel’s World and its author does not guarantee, approve, or endorse the information or products available at those sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to Gabriel’s World. 

Page last updated 1/20/2017

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