The evaluation form had six different categories (listed below), and I got a check plus (the highest mark you could get) in each:
In the General Comments section the TA wrote,
Below are the comments written into the margins of the paper by the TA.
[Footnote #1]TA's comment: What small print! I should have enlargened it :)
My response: Um... you caught me. I'll confess -- I made it 10 pt type so I could fit everything I wanted to say into the space limitations we had. Okay, so I was bad... :-) [back]
[Footnote #2]TA's comment: from where?
My response: Erk, I forgot to mention that. It came from both what I was hearing the audience around me comment on as I left the theatre, what my companions at the movie said, and what I'd seen in the odd review or so I'd heard of from friends, the newspaper, and the web. [back]
[Footnote #3]TA's comment: good [back]
[Footnote #4]TA's comment: good questions [back]
[Footnote #5]TA's comment: nice transition [back]
[Footnote #6]TA's comment: but this would suggest 'Indian' characteristics exist.
My response: An excellent point, and one I was initially trying to make, until I got myself tangled up in my own commentary.[back]
[Footnote #7]TA's comment: why are the other characters (female) gendered but not raced?
My response: I admit, I'm not sure here what the TA means. Taking a stab at it, I'll guess she's asking why the female characters all appear mostly Caucasian, where the male characters are more obviously black or white. Unfortunately I don't know what the director was thinking, but I'd guess he realized on some level the female characters would have a harder time being accepted by the movie's audience, since they were carrying a heavier load of the subversive commentary he wished to make. As a result he didn't want to make them appear so 'radical' (i.e. not the hegemonic societal 'norm' of a white middle-class female) that the audience would refuse them, and by extension the movie as well.[back]
[Footnote #8]TA's comment: nicely stated [back]
[Footnote #9]TA's comment: excellent point
My response: thanks! :-) [back]
[Footnote #10]TA's comment: incomplete sentence
My response: what, you thought I'd only put up the good things the TA wrote? :-) [back]
[Footnote #11]TA's comment: in newspapers, magazines?
My response: Newspapers and the web, yes. I don't tend to read magazines much.[back]
[Footnote #12]TA's comment: you made this point quite nicely already
My response: Oops. Oh well, I thought the bit about it being dialogic made it different enough that it bore repeating... my mistake. :-)[back]
Last Updated: Wed Apr 18 2000