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Susan Howe on Emily Dickinson's form
by ~*SASSQUATCH*~ (zempasuchil)
at November 9th, 2009 (10:46 pm)

I never knew you could write like this and call it academia!

These Flames and Generosities of the Heart: Emily Dickinson and the Illogic of Sumptuary Values - Susan Howe

Yeah, the second part of the title is super confusing to me too. But the article is mostly understandable, or at least really exciting and pretty in its own form. It's on the transcription, editing, editorializing, and publication of Emily Dickinson's poems, but it's also about Dickinson's antinomianism, her use of space, her spacing, Emerson's poem Circles, and then it ends up being like snippets of crazy academic poetry about Emily Dickinson's poetics.


"The physical act of copying is a mysterious sensuous expression.

Wrapped in the mirror of the word."


Quoting Emerson:
"The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful; it is by abandonment"


So maybe what I want to ask is, do you think there is room for experimental form in academic writing? I'm thinking both of an aesthetics of nonfiction as well as a transformation of narration, reduction to fragments and quotes, and an appeal to the reader to make the connections. This makes me want to do some experimental essays.

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fics: Marx/Engels drabble, Rewriting the Old Language
by ~*SASSQUATCH*~ (zempasuchil)
at November 8th, 2009 (03:00 pm)

I haven't written anything recently that's particularly relevant to this community, but I have actually written a couple things in the past which are totally germane and I thought I might as well post them, at least for posterity.

a drabble - Marx/Engels UST, G. set in a cold London winter, with gratuitous winks at alienation and need as Marx discusses them in his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Rewriting the Old Language - BBC Merlin: modern revolutionary college students AU, PG. Where magic is persecuted like communism was in 1950s America! Featuring hippie proletariat Gwen, feminist anarchist Morgana, populist reformer Law student Arthur, and communist theorist Merlin, with Che!Nimueh and Anti-Red Uther Pendragon, President of the United States.
This fic is hyped up on academic crack, just a warning: Title and summary quote are from Gayatri Spivak's preface to Derrida's Of Grammatology. Authors who helped me make this: CLR James, Sigmund Freud, Herbert Marcuse, Karl Marx, Herman Melville, Simone de Beauvoir, Michele Foucault, Jack Kerouac, and unconsciously if not specifically Max Weber.

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rec: A Fire Devoureth (Hetalia, PG-13)
by ~*SASSQUATCH*~ (zempasuchil)
at November 5th, 2009 (02:22 am)

A Fire Devoureth, by irrationalsense
the following taken from the author's own header.
"Warnings: Conquistador!Spain. Mentions of blood, gore. Allusions to sex, but nothing explicit. Did I mention that someone gets burned alive?
Summary: Takes place during the conquest of Cuba. Spain reflects on the New World and on the woman who claims that she is like him. And under the February moon, everyone watches the execution of cacique Hatuey."

This is my first but hardly last attempt in this community at converting ye to Hetalia, the ultimate gratuitous-history/culture-geekery fandom because it entirely about anthropomorphized nations.

This fic is long but, I think, an appropriate introduction as something that utilizes original characters based on the anthropomorphized-nation idea and revolves around an historical event (specifically, the execution and infamously failed conversion of indian cacique Hatuey as described by de Las Casas). It is also an excellent examination of many issues totally relevant to our interests but not explored in the canon: conquest, colonialism, the relationship between nations, between nations and their people, between Spain and the Catholic Church, the birth and death of nations, even the question of What is a Nation which I think is the biggest elephant in the room I've ever seen in a fandom. The fact that Conquistador!Spain is warned for is also telling; in a fandom where imperialism is trivialized as bullying or ignored entirely, this is a major departure from tone. And in a world where imperialism is so distantly vilified, it scares us to realize that its legacies are still around.

because this comm is about geekery, as supplemental readings to this fic I'm totally going to recommend reading up on Fray Montesinos and his role in ceasing the enslavement of Indians under the Spanish, as well as Fray Bartolome de las Casas's The Devastation of the Indies for a full account of this episode in Spanish-Caribbean history among many, many others.

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NPR is always relevant
by lizzie_marie_23 (lizzie_marie_23)
at November 4th, 2009 (05:19 pm)

Earlier this morning, when I was being an insomniac, I heard a really neat segment on NPR. It said that for the first time in Brazilian history, the non-white voting population was larger than the white voting population.

Then it went on to talk about what they called a "museum about the unacknowledged participants in the country's history". It's a really emotionally charged place. On the floor of the entrance there's a map of the world with arrows showing how Brazil was involved in the slave trade. They estimated that somewhere between 3.6 million and 5 million people were transported to Brazil. That's an unimaginable number. There was also a room with the skeleton of one of the boats that had been used for this. And all around the walls were instruments and images of torture.

There was a really fascinating interview with two men. One man lived in Benin and moved to Sao Paulo for the past fourteen years. The other one grew up in Brazil and moved to Sierra Leone. Though they had some different views, neither one of them denied that discrimination is a fact in Brazil.

So I want to hear what all of you guys think about this.

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Babar does not negotiate with terrorists!
by ~*SASSQUATCH*~ (zempasuchil)
at November 2nd, 2009 (05:28 pm)
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Someone told me the other week that the kid's cartoon show Babar was about French imperialism, and I just went "Whaaaat???" And then I had to look on youtube to be sure, because I really didn't remember much about Babar other than the fact that he was an elephant who went to another land and became king or whatever, and had kids, and things like that.

Lo and behold, I found some clips that are pretty telling. Civilized elephants vs. barbarian rhinoceros! This first one is my favorite, it is the one where Babar does not negotiate with terrorists: "Times are hard for Babar when Lord Rataxes stops all pomegranate shipments from reaching Celesteville."



Then there are these two which I haven't seen, but the summaries make them seem very much about imperialism and development.

Rhino War: "When Babar fails to fill out the proper papers to ship fairground supplies through Rhinoland, a General in Rataxes' army uses this as an excuse to declare war on Celesteville."

Elephant Express: "When Rataxes refuses to let Babar build a railway through Rhinoland, Babar is forced to detour through a jungle inhabited by a strange monster known as the 'Polomoche'."

If you guys are familiar with the show and know other episodes that are particularly relevant to our interests, I totally want to know what they are and if I can watch them :DDD

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Three fics about class, sexuality & gender
by woldy (woldy)
at November 2nd, 2009 (10:35 am)

Firstly, I just want to say that this is a great idea for a community. I stumbled on it via twoskeletons and will spread the word to my flist.

Secondly, I bring fic. I'm not quite sure what's appropriate for posting here, so let me know if any of these aren't appropriate.

Title: Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
Author: woldy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Remus/Sirius
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~3000 words
Summary: Four winters in Remus' life, told backwards.
Notes: Written for the prompt 'social class differences' at the 2008 rs_small_gifts exchange.

Title: Notes on an Expurgated Genealogy
Author: woldy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Assorted members of the Black family & their partners.
Rating: R
Wordcount: ~ 3000 words
Summary: Four members of the Black family who come out and one who doesn’t.
Warnings: Direct references to polyamory & consensual infidelity. Indirect references to BDSM, HIV/AIDS, & drug use.
Notes: Written for lgbtfest with the prompt 'The Five Worst Times and Places to Come Out'. This is my effort to write the queer history of the Potterverse.

Title: The Line Dividing
Author: woldy
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: implied Morgana/Nimueh
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~1700 words
Summary: Morgana dreams of a woman in the darkness.
Notes: Contains major spoilers for Season 1 of Merlin. This fic is a feminist take on Morgana's narrative, inspired by an Adrienne Rich poem. has remixed this story as a drabble from Nimueh's POV in From Darkness (Witches Will Be Dangerous Remix).

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Query
by lizzie_marie_23 (lizzie_marie_23)
at November 2nd, 2009 (05:12 am)

When I was studying for my Theory of Knowledge test, I realized how relevant the section on paradigms is to the Chronicle of Narnia. After all, when two scientists operate under different paradigms, they're always at cross-purposes because they live in different worlds. And then there's the whole "revolution of scientific thought" section which works so well. I went back to the beginning of my TOK notes and began turning them into a story that I call "Theory of Narnia".

So my question to you is, should the story be ordered by the progression of thought and awareness as you learn about knowledge, or should it be ordered chronologically according to Narnia? There's not exactly a plot, so that's not too much of a worry. Please elaborate as much as you can in your comments, thanks.

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by always halfway to somewhere (be_themoon)
at October 29th, 2009 (11:17 am)
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current mood: amused

You guys, I don't even know what this is exactly, but it is clearly relevant to our interests. Revolts are always relevant!


~*SASSQUATCH*~ [userpic]
first?
by ~*SASSQUATCH*~ (zempasuchil)
at October 29th, 2009 (01:59 am)
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Hey Movement Fans,

I just modified the comm's profile to include a few rules. To summ up, they are: 1) don't fight, 2) cut long or inappropriate (NSFW) content, 3) don't spam. If you can think of anything else let me know.

Tags will be created soon, along the general lines of "fic", "rec", "art", "history", "academia", "quotes", "photos". Additional tags will be added as needed.

I was gonna make the layout pretty and make a banner but my skillz, they are not so leet (and when they are they're slooowww). If anyone wants to take this up that'd be cool too :D

Also, WELCOME! I am so excited to see people here who I don't know! Please post, whenever the feeling strikes you! I think I have a couple amusing things that will be making it up here soonish.

in solidarity,
zempasuchil

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