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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
2:47 pm
finding a term in a dictionary
Hi, guys!

I’m doing a study in literary metamorphoses and I’ve got a problem finding full-fledged definitions of the term in dictionaries of literary terms. The only exception is The Encyclopedia of Fantasy by J. Clute & J. Grant which does the job with really good entries for ‘metamorphosis’ and ‘shapeshifting’. I was wondering if you guys could recommend a piece of reference literature with a good-length entry? Are there any other theoretic texts on metamorphosis that I can look at?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
12:51 pm
genre shift

Can one talk of a genre shift not as a historical phenomenon, not in the retrospect of time but an effect made by faulty translation? 

E.g. There’s a novel which can be described as a fantasy according to some criteria. Then it gets translated into another language losing its fantastic elements and, in fact, stops being a fantasy compared to the original, English, version. Is it correct to describe the translation effect as a genre shift?

Sunday, April 10th, 2011
3:33 am
Kairos: The Complete Podcast Series

Hot off the microphone, the entire Kairos series in podcast form. Including a short introduction. Comment, criticize, etc. Please!

Rowan G. Tepper - Introduction to kairos by rowan-g-tepper

Kairos I: Exemplary Acts by rowan-g-tepper

Kairos II: Kairos at the End of Modernity by rowan-g-tepper

Kairos III: La révolution post-historique by rowan-g-tepper

Kairos IV: The Whatever Messiah: We're Who We've Been Waiting For by rowan-g-tepper

Parts I and III have previously been posted. Enjoy! Discuss! Goddamnit! You don't have to read, just listen!

Pre-order a copy of The Immanence of Myth, published by Weaponized in July 2011.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
3:04 pm
Georges Bataille - Le Coupable - 1944

Ending soon: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230445648145&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT- Bataille - Le Coupable - 1944 1st Edition - Only one more copy left on the market. Starting bid - $49.99 - The other copy goes for $120+shipping.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
11:48 pm
Is there anyone who happens to know about the theory of the relationship between Ireland and England as a brother/other relationship? Whose concept is this notion?

Thank you in advance!
Monday, October 5th, 2009
3:00 pm
David Lodge's Small World and essays/articles
So I've just finished reading David Lodge's Small World, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Enjoyed it so much that I want more. So to those who've read it: can you send, link or direct me to the right places where I can find full, real-life essays/articles resembling the topics delivered by the characters in the book? I'm particularly fond of the striptease analogy and Angelica Pabst's paper linking genres and reproductive organs. But the rest were fantastic, too. Thank you!!
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
7:12 pm
(Re)reading Derrida, part 2
I finally get back around to my (apparently monthly) series of posts on my attempt to reread Of Grammatology, with maybe the beginnings of an admission that this is really all just over my head? Read if you like, enlighten if you can!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
4:33 am
new media / media studies
can anyone recommend a good introductory essay, website, or seminal piece from the general area of "media studies"? I'm basically interested in how the discipline (or various dominant approaches within the discipline) approach the analysis of both the existence of new media in general and also simply how they evaluate any given individual media production. I'm not really up on this stuff and figure I have to dive in at some point. Thanks.
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
10:01 pm
Derrida, historicism, and me
For any who may be interested, I've made a long post over on my blogspot journal about Derrida and the dominance of historicism in contemporary literary criticism -- or more, accurately, about my own experience of discovering Derrida as an English undergrad/grad at the height of the theory backlash. It should be the first part of a series tracking my attempt to reread (or for much of it, I confess, read) Of Grammatology.
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
9:33 pm
Of lingering value...
As part of an interest I have about that which is read versus that which is infamous, but not so often read, I have a question for all of you:

A word I hear often is Machiavellian.

Show of hands: who here has ever read anything by Machiavelli?

Monday, July 13th, 2009
8:56 pm
Masters Thesis LJ
Hi guys,

I've started a new lj that I think many of you might find interesting.  I'm a masters student in 3D animation at the Glasgow School of Art, and the blog is the critical component of my master's thesis practical animation project.  I'm going to try and make it a theory-minded work-in-progress review of what I'm doing, literally as I'm doing it.  I'll explain the choices I'm making with the work, why I'm making them, and as much as I can compare and contrast with anything else relevant I get my hands on as part of my research.  Alongside this, I also hope to explore what it means to be an artist criticizing and theorizing, in particular about their own work, and, in a larger sense, what it means to "do" theory with a working knowledge of the creative process itself. 

Right now "official" blog installments are planned for the pre-production, modeling and texturing, animation, post-production, and final, overall review stages.  These entries will be tagged "official."  Extra nuggets of theory and critical discussion that don't go along with these official entries will be tagged "theory."  I would also like this blog to become a resource for the animation community here on livejournal, and so I'm going to also post links to helpful tutorials and similar resources where I come across them, naturally with my nutshell opinions thereof.  These posts will be tagged "technical resources."  As far as my own personal areas of technical expertise go, I'm working with Maya 2009 for the 3D animation, shooting reference and special effects film with a Canon mini-DV camera, doing sound in Pro Tools, working with post-production effects in After Effects and possibly Combustion, and editing the whole shebang together with Avid.

Apologies for joining mainly to self-promote!  I'd love to hear any comments anyone has about the project or in general.

Samantha Close
Sunday, July 12th, 2009
9:15 pm
Dream-Inspiration for Thesis

Hi Literary Theorists,

possibly crazy dream ideaCollapse )

Please be brutally honest. I didn't really come up with the idea consciously so I don't have any personal attatchment to it.
12:38 am
Quick readings on phenomenology
A friend of mine is asking for some help understanding phenomenology. I've done some quick looking around, but I'd like to know if there are any quick and readily available reads on the topic that aren't Wikipedia-quick and available but aren't like entire books unto themselves. Any recommended essays/readings?

Monday, July 6th, 2009
2:22 pm
the writer and the text

My name is Kasia. I'm working on my M.A. paper in translation at the moment. I'm new to this community, but I already have a question.

I remember reading a text some time ago. It was about the writer and his/her work. The author of the essay claimed that every writer leaves a part of his self in the text, whether consciously or not. I think that the author might have referred to "The death of the author" in some way, arguing with Barthes' theory, but I'm not sure of that right now. The point of the essay (or the part of it) was that the writer is present in any text he creates.

I tried to google for the essay but with no satisfying results.

If any of you knows the title of the essay of the name of its author at least, please, let me know.

Thanks in advance
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
9:05 pm
Author Stylistics; Fitzgerald; Murdoch
need to write a qualification project on Author Stylistics (on the example of an American and English representative of emotive prose, in my case - Fitzgerald and Murdoch). If you could give me any advice on sources of information, I would be very grateful.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
9:17 pm
David Eng to speak at UC Riverside May 12 from 4:00-5:30 PM
If any of you are going to be in Southern California within the next two weeks, the UC Riverside English Dept. is sponsoring a talk entitled, "The Queer Space of China" by David Eng, professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. The program is free to the public. The date and time are listed above, and here's the link to the rest of the information:


Also, here's the link to Eng's bio on the Penn English site:


I'm probably attending this, so let me know if any of you may be, too.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
2:28 pm
silly question...
There was an author, maybe a Romantic or Transcendentalist, who was big into revering the child, seeing the child as more enlightened than jaded adults. Can anyone tell me the name of the author, or the movement itself? I cannot for the life of me remember, and my random googling isn't helping any.
Monday, April 27th, 2009
12:12 pm
Modern intertitles
Hi! I haven't posted in forever, but this is an excellent group for questions such as this one. I'm looking for modern examples of on-screen reading, where a film turns black and shows only a word or sentence. Essentially, I'm looking for modern intertitles. Kill Bill comes to mind, but I'm sure there must be others. Notably, I'm not looking for other kinds of on-screen reading, such as titles, credits, or "inserts" (filmed letters or signs within the story). Thanks in advance!

Monday, April 6th, 2009
10:37 am
My turn for a quick introduction: I'm a sixth-year senior at Oregon State University, finally ready to graduate with a double degree in English and History. Planning to apply for either Fall '10 or '11 admissions to graduate school, and currently in the process of assembling my application type things. In fact, I just took the Lit Subject GRE this last Saturday.

My interests run to Victorian Lit, with the ever-so-popular focus on empire, but my specific pet projects run to portrayals of India in Victorian children's literature and then Anglo-Russian relations during and after the Crimean War. I'm taking apart 'Dracula' with a postcolonial rather than a feminist eye, and it's some good good stuff.

I've just discovered a whole string of English-based LJs in a row, so I'm a happy camper right now. Glad to find another community of academics.
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
8:29 pm
Hey folks!
Anyone else attending the PCA.ACA conference in New Orleans this week? If so, let's organize an event. We can grab dinner or bar hop a bit. I grew up there and know the city well, so come hang out with a (transplanted) local. Feel free to PM me or comment in this thread if you'd like to meet up.

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