This is my last week of classes before Spring Break, and while I'm uber excited, I also have quite a bit of work to do.
See, on the Monday I get back to class, I have one 8-page paper due (comparing/contrasting Leonardo's Last Supper to Andrea del Castagno's Last Supper) and one 5-7 page paper comparing/contrasting Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (as part of the Hollywood style), Roberto Rossellini's Open City (Or "Roma, citta aperta" for Italian Neorealism), and Claude Chabrol's Les bonnes femmes (as part of the French New Wave).
Both papers require somewhat extensive research, which is not all that easy to come by. Sure, there are books on Leonardo's Last Supper, but Castagno? Not so much. And finding academic sources for Hitchcock, Rossellini, and Chabrol is harder than it may seem. I guess the upside to both is that I have an original source of work to dissect (meaning, of course, the paintings and films).
But that's not all!
On the Tuesday I get back from Spring Break (so the day after those two papers are to be handed in), I have an extensive outline due for a 6-8 page paper on political art of the 20th century, using Picasso's Guernica, Diego Rivera's Man at a Crossroads (the Rockefeller mural), John Heartfield's Die Butter ist alle ("The Butter is All Gone") and Barbara Kruger's Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face as examples. This one also requires heavy research and academic sources (and someone seems to have cleared the library of every book ever written on Guernica).
So...if I want to have a Spring Break in which I'm not slaving over books and journals and art works and films, I have to get a majority of these projects done this week.
Raise your hand if you're not excited!