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Whence the Heroic “Other”?

I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about Othering and its operation in literature, in various ways. Currently, “other” as a verb has a universally negative connotation.  “Benevolent Othering” sounds cozy but gets its “sting” from its implication that Othering … Continue reading

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BRB, Questioning Every Assumption I Ever Made About Moby-Dick

I first read Moby-Dick in tenth grade, when I was fifteen.  We were given a list of “classic novels” and told to choose one from the list for each semester (two if the page count for one of them added up … Continue reading

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In Which I Impute Some Thoughts on Theory of Mind to a Self-Reflexive Actor

Today has been one of those days in which time goes twice as fast as it ought, with the result that it is noon and I am only just sitting down with stacks of research.As part of the Epic Quest … Continue reading

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Can the (Autistic) Subaltern Speak?

Some months ago, I shelved this paper topic.  I did so for several reasons. I didn’t know quite what I was trying to say; I had a sneaking suspicion I ought to be focusing on something that more clearly related … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Romeo and Juliet

I haven’t read Romeo and Juliet in ten years.  Also, having been in the target demo for the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes version, I tend to avoid performances of it like a particularly giggly plague. But I’m rereading it now as part … Continue reading

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Can You Tell Dickens from Bulwer-Lytton? I Can’t.

Quiz: Dickens or Bulwer-Lytton? Charles Dickens is generally touted as one of the English language’s best writers. Bulwer-Lytton is generally touted as so bad that he actually has a terrible first line contest named for him.   Yet when passages … Continue reading

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NPR Cuts ENDER’S GAME From Best YA Fiction Poll, Because Violence

NPR’s recent Best YA Fiction Poll recently produced a list of 100 winners that has everyone talking – mostly, about what’s not on it. NPR explains that best-beloved classics like A Wrinkle in Time and Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret didn’t make … Continue reading

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