Raillery & Revolution: Continued, Post #3

Raillery & Revolution: Part III

      In the last leg of my research, I found that despite the many progressive jokes in the Bibliothèque de Campagne lambasting members of the First and Second Estates, there did exist a few, surprising witticisms which were not that radical. As it turns out, a few witticisms in the series were reactionary, as they made jokes at the expense of women. For instance, in one anecdote the writer amusingly explained the reason for which Jesus first appeared to a woman, his mother Mary, after resurrecting from the dead:

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Megiddo Expedition – Final Post

By the end of six weeks at the Megiddo Expedition, the rhythm of dig life had fully ingrained itself in my consciousness as the best and seemingly only way to live. Waking up at 4:30 am was natural, manual labor for seven hours expected, and pottery washing and office work in the afternoons nearly enjoyable.

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Finding Contradictory Information

I am finishing transcribing the interviews from women from the years 1945-1955. I have been able to locate patterns in the transcriptions such as the times of curfews for women, dress code, rules regarding riding in cars, however, I have come across information from one of the interviewees Henretta Band: WM class of 1954 that seems to contradict the sentiments toward gender constrictions during the time period. In the interview the interviewer stated:

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“Every Joke is a Little Revolution”: Raillery & Revolution in Pre-Revolutionary France, Continued

       A few weeks ago, I came across the incisive observation made by George Orwell that “every joke is a little revolution” (Keane). As has become clear through my research, jokes like those in the Bibliothèque de Campagne do indeed resemble “little revolutions” because they rail against the status quo, conveying radical ideas about members of the First and Second Estates.

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August Update

As my summer research is beginning to approach its end, I have been furthering the studies I discussed in my last blog post. I completed my parsed time data set for R560 and RB dyes using the 532nm laser. Examining these data sets using Clauset analysis, I found out how well the early/late times for the dyes fit to power law, log normal, and weibull fits. The fits gave a trend contradictory to the original hypothesis that RB should show differences between early and late, while R560 should not show any difference.

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