Saturday, July 13, 2013

Don't Give Up On Me....

i have been too busy of late with preparation for my new class, beginning july 16, to put much time into my blog or my own other writing.  it's a shame b/c the class itself is grist for the mill--it combines my old women in media with the new focus on gender studies rather than women's studies, and our department is making the transition from women's studies to gender studies---a huge mistake, i think, when both are so large and so important; itself something to write about-- though i did a large post on that 2 years ago, it's probably worth repeating.  ironically, though i took the new course protesting all the way, and still protesting, i'm loving the research i've been doing,  largely on transexuality, and have found some wonderful clips on both tv and film.  so when i have time, expect many posts thereon. in the process i've been watching all of the old 'judging amy' show, convinced more than ever of its importance and longing more than ever for its return [after ten years, hardly likely]. and have had to use a real textbook, which is of course loaded with academic language, invented to obscure understanding rather than expand it.  another post or 10.  [this one isn't in the text, but i'm sure it will be in the next edition: a friend told me about it, and i looked it up, finding 2 pages to explain it and 2 more of notes. the word, my friends, is 'cis-sexual.'  i assume as educated people you all know what it means?  if not...i will explain it in a future post.  so expect to see me asap, as i privilege the polysemetic narrativity of the chronotopic structuralism......

3 comments:

An Again said...

I don't check in here enough, but now I'll remember to. I loved your Women in Media class and I am focused more on gender studies than women's studies, so I look forward to the posts to come.

karen lindsey said...

hi! i've seen your name as one of my readers here, but didn't realize you'd been one of my students. nothing personal ; just a lot of students over a lot of years.

the class started this past tuesday 2 are done. it's a hybrid of women's and gender studies, and the old structure has been changed to just film and tv, so i can give some degree of depth to both. what's been interesting to me so far is how much i've found re gay and transgendered characters in film and tv. that's not to say there's a lot in contrast to straight non-trans characters, but more than i would have expected. did you see the episode of the mentalist about the drag-club? amazing, especially since the show is such a predictably mainstream crime drama.

An Again said...

I'm late getting back, but I did see that episode and thought it was fantastic--surprisingly so.