House of Leaves Reflection
When I first started reading House of Leaves, I had no idea what to expect. As a first time reader, I was overwhelmed with the amount of reading and differing narratives. I had a difficult time figuring out what to pay attention to.
In the small picture, I feel like this project was a great way for me to better understand certain aspects of the novel. Creating objects allowed me to think critically about this book and start to pick out important themes or trends. My favorite objects were the Old Norse translation that I did with Becky and the Frankenstein epigram from chapter II. Becky and I are taking Old Norse with Dr. Hall and it was really intriguing to translate this. By making this node, it made me think about how Navidson has a lot of similarities to Odin. With the Frankenstein epigram, I made a photo collage from my copy of Frankenstein. By comparing these two works, I was able to make a connection to help me better understand what was going on in the book.
As far as the big picture goes, I think I like our class’ objects rather than all of the other postings on A Million Blue Pages. Our class provided deep, thoughtful explanations and descriptions of their objects which helped others know and understand their thought process behind the object they made. A lot of the objects from the other students are seemingly random tweets and photos/memes that are unrelated to House of Leaves. I think the site would be a lot better if people would explain what their objects are and provide an analysis of it. Our class did an excellent job of this and this allowed me to also understand their thought process and think in new ways about the book.
I’m not completely sure that I got everything I was supposed to when reading this book, but from what it sounds like you either aren’t supposed to, or it takes a few read-throughs. I was so focused on trying to read everything that I feel like I missed something; as weird as that sounds, I feel like it makes sense with regard to this novel.
I used a few different forms of media to create my objects. I used a photo collage app to make my two photo collage objects; I normally don’t use these types of apps so it was interesting to see the different ways in which I could arrange the photos and how that could affect interpretation. I also used a word cloud generator for my chapter three word cloud; I’ve used this technology in the Digital Humanities independent study and I thought it was pretty cool. One other form was just a basic word document; not very exciting, but it allowed for Becky and I to do an inverse translation of the Old Norse bit. My favorite object was the Vine I did of my Donnie Truant obituary Blizzard Book. Although I’m sure my video is far from perfect, it was still fun to learn a new program. I can see using the Vine app as a way to promote something via social media; I’m not sure whether my group will use any of these in our final project or not.
I feel like our class’ objects were a great success and our own version on Omeka will be better than the larger site. Overall, I think we all did a great job of coming up with great, creative ways to illustrate our objects and explain our thoughts. On A Million Blue Pages, I felt that it was not so successful because some posts were just irrelevant or seemed unrelated to House of Leaves.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and the projects we did with it.