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Academic, attorney, editor, and former professor of English discusses writing, literary theory, and items of general nerditude. Sometimes cats!
I just finished attending (and presenting at) my first-ever academic conference: the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, aka #Kzoo2015. Here’s a recap: 1. My presentation, on representations of mental difference and the rhetoric of disability in Gregory of Tours … Continue reading
I haven’t Googled “postcolonial Star Trek,” but there is no way in Rura Penthe that this paper will be boldly going where no one has gone before. Still, not every paper I write – especially a ten-pager for a graduate seminar … Continue reading
In the past 24 hours, I’ve read (in between teaching, Date Night, and assorted appointments) Gayatri Chakravorty Spviak’s “Can the Subaltern Speak?“, Melanie Yergeau’s “Clinically Significant Disturbance: On Theorists Who Theorize Theory of Mind” and Barbara Johnson’s translator’s introduction to … Continue reading
I’ve spent far too long this summer revising my seminar paper deconstructing “speak” as it appears in discussions about autism and autistic people. While I’m continually reminded of the need to publish it (especially by posts like this one at Emma’s Hope Book), … Continue reading
My first day on the job as a new insurance-defense associate, the partner I worked for told me that there were three primary considerations in any case: the law, the experts, and the emotional appeal. To win, a lawyer needed … Continue reading