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Everything posted by TripWillis

  1. Four semesters down, 6-8 to go.

  2. I'm feeling good! It's good to hear from you guys. I'm teaching two classes this year with two different preps, which is a major time-suck, but I get to teach literature for the first time, which is exciting. I scored a peer-reviewed article pub in the offseason and I have another under review. Turning in a book review today. Trying to stay as busy as I can on the publishing front. I'm tired, but in a really good way. My lingering doubts only come when my bank account is empty.
  3. I think Children's lit is doing pretty well these days. I know someone who just nabbed a tenure-track job in it.
  4. Two semesters down, 8-10 to go.

  5. 1) Congrats! 2) Sorry to say the exploitation doesn't end when you're a grad-fellow; you just feel slightly more valued by the university.
  6. CUNY Graduate Center I think has Matthew Gold. I also think their DH program goes between English and Urban Ed, for the most part.
  7. WOO! Congrats! Really glad you wound up at such an awesome program.
  8. Yes, if it comes through, you have to take Maryland's offer. There isn't any doubt.
  9. I think it's a difficult decision; they're both wonderful programs. All things being equal, choose the place with the faculty you most want to work with.
  10. Exactly. Can we start a petition to ban Harold Bloom and his multiple gradcafe accounts?
  11. I think my favorite of all time was "New York's hottest new club is '...KEVIN?...' located in an abandoned warehouse on..."
  12. 1) "Which is another way of saying it is a specific permutation of general postmodernist theory. Which is interesting, because everyone working in X Studies is always quite fond of telling me that postmodernism is dead." -- Well, I will apparently be the first person working in x studies to tell you that all those "dead" theories are actually residual, a la basically every sub-field of inquiry since 1920 and WAY before that, too. 2) "We have this thing in English..." -- who is "we?" Presumably you and fishbucket? "...where actual thinkers, artists, or scholars come to a certain topic as a
  13. But would you two be okay on your own like that? Just going to say it again -- the people who are "critiquing" posthumanism and animal studies in this thread have never read any of it and have no idea what it really is.
  14. In this case I sense you just don't know very much about animal studies and posthumanism, especially considering that asleepawake has already acknowledged one of your primary critiques (of something you obviously know nothing about) and you read right through it. This is either cognitive dissonance or you are a troll. Humanism is also people talking for other people (see like everything ever written by Spivak for instance -- the fucking double bind!). Does that invalidate humanism? Is humanism a flawed methodology? Are you a troll? Edit: Everything is representation. Get over it.
  15. 1) 2) 3) What does this have to do with the conversation besides trololololololooooooooooooooooo? Another Don't Hate Classic ©.
  16. Scratching my head here. I now understand that you meant contemporary pop culture, but now it seems you're saying that things can't be canonical until 100 years passes. There are things written within the last 5 years, pop culture texts, in fact, that are already canonical, some of which we like and some we don't. Edit: I'm done here, btw. Another time... the thread is drifting away from my initial point of interest.
  17. I think a lot of pop culture already is canonical (Mark Twain's novels, Shakespeare's plays, Uncle Tom's Cabin). I'm not sure I feel comfortable being as absolute about this.
  18. I like DH's potential, don't get me wrong, but to what end is it doing what you described? And also, I'm wary about why certain people like it -- oo, numbers! At the last DH lecture I went to, a professor had derived a statistical method to test Jameson's assertion that most major literature is now set in the future or past rather than the present. He found via statistics that Jameson was only sort of right. Afterward, I asked him, politely, what the point of his project was and he sort of sheepishly smiled and said, "I'm not sure. This is my first digital humanities-type project." I guess I
  19. I don't think we're talking past each other quite yet. I'm just still not sure I understand you. I looked for the Rupert Pupkin post that you said explains this process, but couldn't find it. If all you're saying is that we need to pay attention to aesthetics, I agree with you and we can be past this point. I just didn't get this idea of partitioning them off or using them as some kind of gatekeeping tool in determining the object of inquiry. I'm just not sure that's possible without divorcing oneself's inquiry from the analyses of material critique, which I don't think is possible in the firs
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