Archive for October, 2010

The Case of Andrew Relawson

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Andrew Relawson awoke with satisfaction filling his body. He couldn’t help but pride himself in coming from nothing, barely able to speak English, to now being an important partner in the successful law firm of Johnson, Reese and Relawson LLP.

He didn’t care about the allegations made by Box news about possible cocaine use. “No comment” always got the news crews off his back; who would argue with a successful layer about his Constitutional Rights. The Speculations of his running around with long time friend and respectable government official Cameron Delancy, that wasn’t as easy. His wife seemed to get colder with everyday, unsure of what to trust.

His courtroom performance, however successful wasn’t always as tactful or consistent. He didn’t quite follow the rules and disregarded the advice of his fellow attorneys. Every loss to the firm was a hit to their pride and good name.  Relawson’s antics didn’t help matters either and his concerned partners saw no end in sight.

One morning the sun didn’t shine as brightly for Mr. Relawson. His wife left a note admitting she was at her wits end and wanted a divorce. No sooner did he find out his partners were filing a suit against his before both in and out of the office claiming his “negligence” left both the state of the firm and their clients in peril. Relawson couldn’t quite find his pride that day.

Resistance Literature

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I know this is an awkward introduction, but I feel the most important thing to resistance literature is the language it is written in. Just like the Hawaiians when the missionaries arrived didn’t understand through the translation that “everlasting life” meant an afterlife, there’s a poor understanding of what the author is trying to say. I think if their literature starts out in their own language, there’s a deeper sense of what the author is trying to say. If the translation fails to justify the author’s argument, there is still the original document to convey the importance of their story.

As for my interpretation of what resistance literature is, I think it’s any form of language: song, poem, speech, story, essay, etc., that expresses a persons thoughts and/or feelings of the situations faced in their society. Whether it’s a poor man on the street singing about a law that’s been passed or an educated scholar writing a paper on the tragedies faced in their country’s history, anything that conveys negative commentation is resistance literature.

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