Hello everyone!Almost all the essays have gone up, and I will put out a masterlist as soon as everything is posted. In the meantime, please do comment on the ones that have been posted! There are a lot of really cool essays on a bunch of different fandoms--please check them out, read, and comment.
Title: Mythical Man in a Big Blue Box: A Study of the Doctor in lizzie_marie_23s “Mythos”Author: WingedFlight21Summary: A study in how lizzie_marie_23's "Mythos" uses mythology as a representation of the Doctor and in the process, uses the Doctor to represent mythology. Recipient and Original Fic: lizzie_marie_23 and her fic, "Mythos"A/N: I can not express how very sorry I am for being late with this and I feel like the essay should be better than this to make up for it. So so so sorry!---( three mythical creatures represent the Doctor and he, in turn, represents the timeless aspect of mythology Collapse )
Title: History, Fantasy, and How Fanfiction Improves BothAuthor: callowynSummary/Abstract/Thesis Statement: In which fanfiction is both a vehicle for political opinions and a way to make emotional connections with history.Fic analyzed: Primarily Rewriting The Old Language by zempasuchil (Merlin)( why politics in fandom?Collapse )
Title: The Eisegesis of Retelling: Susan Pevensie and the Power of Story-TellingAuthor: metonomiaSummary/Abstract/Thesis Statement: Fan fic writers modify the characters and plots they seek to explore through their choices of what to keep, leave out, or change, and in animus_wyrmis’ Fairy Stories, Or Three Men Susan Never Loved, Susan does the same, modifying her own character in her updated versions of what happened in Narnia. These stories, and the surrounding presentation of Susan’s character, reflect the ways in which animus reads the Narnia series, and what she pulls from it.Recipient and links to original fic: animus_wyrmis Fairy Stories, Or Three Men Susan Never Loved 1162 words. Thanks to lady_songsmith for glancing it over, and apologies to animus for the incoherence. As with all essays, I wish a) I procrastinated less and b) I had more time, because there is so much more I would love to look at.( eisegesis: the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas Collapse )
Title: Structure and Emotion in metonomia 's "All the Intrigue in My Mind"Author: lizzie_marie_23 Summary/Abstract/Thesis Statement: In this story, metonomia draws very clear lines between Ianto’s need for efficiency and his genuine affection for his team in order to reveal the source of his confusionRecipient and links to original fic: metonomia All the Intrigue in My Mind1350 words
Title: Child of a Distant Father: Sam and Dean as Telemachus and PenelopeAuthor: animus_wyrmisSummary/Abstract/Thesis Statement: Through clever use of misdirection, coyotesuspect obscures a reading of her Odyssey, American in which Dean is Penelope and Sam is Telemachus and there is never any Odysseus.Recipient and links to original fic: coyotesuspect's Odyssey, American.1300 words. With thanks to twoskeletons for looking it over.( For already your child is of the right age, for which you especially used to pray to the gods--to see him getting a beard.Collapse )
Title: Deconstructing the Narnia/England dichotomy in Narnia/Inception crossoverAuthor: zempasuchil Summary/Abstract/Thesis Statement: In WingedFlight's “Architect”, the dream/reality dichotomy introduced by Inception interacts with the Narnia/England dichotomy of the Narnia books in a way that invites comparison. Using a psychoanalytic toolkit, we may examine the structure of this fic, compare the structural binaries of dream-versus-reality and Narnia-versus-England, and use this comparison to draw out this fic’s characterization of a grown Susan Pevensie and her emotional relationship with Narnia.words: 1974. oh my god I wrote six pages double-spaced.Recipient and links to original fic: wingedflight21 ; Architect( the ideas which people try to suppress ... turn out invariably to be the most important onesCollapse )
Hey everyone!Just a reminder that essays are due here on or before Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing them all!
Hello all!First, posting is officially open for the academic ficathon. Simply post your essay here, using this header:Title:AuthorSummary/Abstract/Thesis Statement:Recipient and links to original fic:Second, because lj has been acting up all week, and most of the fics we're working off of are on lj, I decided to give everyone a week's extension--essays will be due by 12:00am on Monday, August 8. Use your time wisely! Don't procrastinate! :DDDDDCan't wait to see what you've all come up with. :) :)
All assignments for the Academic Ficathon have gone out, so check your email! Please drop me a line so I know that you've received your assignment. Though I've included in your assignment what the writer you're writing your essay for thinks is worth analyzing, you shouldn't feel obligated to stick to what's on the list--write about what interests you. Secrecy is not mandatory for this exchange, so if you feel like starting a conversation with your author, go ahead. Remember that rules and FAQ are posted here.Posting opens here on Monday, July 25, and will close on Monday, August 1. Please have your essays finished by then! Anyone who needs an extension, or thinks they will, should email me at animuswyrmis [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll figure something out! If you have to drop out, I’ll talk to a pinch-hitter, but I’d really rather not have anyone drop out. :)
Academic Ficathon sign-ups officially open!Sign-ups will be open until Friday, July 1, at midnight.I ask that everyone who sign up have at least two fics available. Any fandom is okay--hopefully everyone will get a match. :)Copy the questions below into a comment and answer them there. Comments will be screened!( answer these questions!Collapse )ETA: Aaaaaand sign-ups closed. Thank you everyone--assignments will go out Monday.
Hello everyone!I am running a panfandom essay exchange, and I think you should sign up! It's an exchange for people who don't get enough essay writing at school, or who have always wished they could write an essay about fic instead of about classic literature.( explanation, rules, and FAQCollapse )Signups open: Friday, June 24 (I will post a signup sheet then)Signups close: Friday, July 1 at 12am, ESTAssignments go out: Monday, July 4, by email. Posting opens: Monday, July 25Posting closes: Monday, August 1That gives you between three and four weeks to write your essay (assuming you are not just going to write it the night before it is due anyway). Sometime before August 1 I will email anyone who hasn’t posted to double-check that they are still planning on posting; if not, we’ll talk about an extension or I will email the pinch-hitters.Posting will be to movementmvt (this community!), so please join! This is pan-fandom, so matching will be by fandom.
Hey guys! Just dropping a note that I think a lot of you will really appreciate a recent vid by mresundance . It's a really great use of vid form to speak about politics - really inventive and great. It is a political vid, specifically about irony and hypocrisy in the Tea Party, so you're warned. It can be found HERE.
Despite the deadness of the comm (ALAS), I thought you would all enjoy this greatly:Marx And Engels Slashfic: It Exists, Oh YesRead more: http://jezebel.com/5616009/marx-and-engels-slashfic-it-exists-oh-yes#ixzz0xPl6kuM7Their sourceTWO THUMBS WAY, WAY UP :D
Happy Friday! I bring you a picspam, pretty irrelevant and utterly irreverent, of our favorite revolutionary duo: Che and Fidel. Who are kind of adorable for authoritarian figures.as a preview, let me just give you this quote: "With Fidel, I want neither marriage nor divorce." - Ernesto "Che" GuevaraWith that in mind --( click 4 hott pix of shirtless Che! plus Fidel! plus bonus unmasked Subcomandante Marcos?Collapse )
So, I've been watching Stargate: Atlantis recently because it's November and I procrastinate in November. A lot. And I just got to Season 2 Episode 15, which is called The Tower and has a lot of class politics going on in it. In short, the team stumbles upon a world where people who have the required gene to operate Ancient technology that can protect them from the Wraith (the really bad guys) lord it over the rest of the people, who have almost no technology and are required to give tribute. The coolest part of this would totally be the part where Sheppard and the rest of his team incite the village to rebellion while disabling the Ancient technology. There's a lot of talk about the imbalance of power and whether or not people should stand up for themselves, and it's pretty much an awesome episode that makes me want to write long, thoughtful fic about the class politics of SGA and how the team tends to think not in terms of class besides considering everyone equal, but in terms of who has technology, when they're deciding how to deal with people.Anyways, I just thought I'd drop this by here, because it was lots of fun to see some of my favorite issues discussed in the show, and at the same time, I was curious as to what episodes of your shows have treated issues like this, and how they've done it?
Are we allowed to ask for stuff to be written? If not, just let me know and I'll delete this post.This idea that I had is the product of many long sleepless nights and a conversation with zempasuchil . She mentioned that Disney had had plans to make a slavery-themed park. This awful idea made me think about the Seven Dwarves and that maybe they're victims of a cruel imperialist system. But none of them know it but Dopey, who's really an idiot-savant.Then one of them, I'm thinking Bashful, finds a mysterious lamp and rubs it. All of them can tell that the Genie is a slave because he's bound in chains of magic. But the parallels with their own existence is completely invisible to them, because they're a part of the system. And it doesn't even occur to them to ask for freedom.I want this story so badly, but I have no time to write it. Or if you want to draw a picture or make a comic strip or something, that would be awesome.
I just started reading a really great book by Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game. It's called Pastwatch: the Redemption of Christopher Columbus. In a cataclysmic future, nine tenths of the world has been wiped out. Then they develop a way to look into the past and preserve the stories in order to make the world they live in a better place. They realize that there is a bit of "temporal backwash" meaning that small things they do influences the past in ways they can't imagine. Then someone gets the idea to make it so Columbus never reaches Spain in the hopes that it will mean that all the European wars never happened.This is so relevant, you guys. I have no idea what small event in his life they plan to alter, so I want to hear ideas.And of course, it brings up the idea of time travel in fiction, and how much more movement can you have than that? I love looking at different theories of how it works. Would history keep the same basic framework with only the details changed? Or is it the Butterfly Effect and one change is monumental for the entire structure? By the way, I feel like I need to clear up some confusion that people tend to have about that theory. The flapping of a butterfly's wing does not create a hurricane, it only shifts where it will end up.