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My #Kzoo2015: A Recap

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

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More Paper Planning: Postcolonial Star Trek

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

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Does the Subaltern Have a Theory of Mind?

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

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Success in Circuit Lies: Deconstructing Comprehension

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

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Teaching Like a Lawyer: Medical Malpractice and the Art of Persuasion

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

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