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Discourse should not…? (We are all opérateurs)

Instead of adding directly (the Nietzsche titles on my bookshelf glare at me sternly–don’t be reactive!) to some of the heated recent blogging, tweeting, and other exhausting backs-and-forths over the power of words and the question of self-policing of language in feminist, queer, … Continue reading

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Sovereignty and Surrender

I bring to you, like a child anxious to offer an adequate object to the Oedipal figures that populate his fledgling superego, an impasse registering as an ambivalence from the self-enclosure of dissertation writing: I am stuck between alternating desires for … Continue reading

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Transduction and Interdisciplinarity, or Why There Can Be No Methodology

Some words you read, find alluring for the ineffable hint of what they might be able to do for you well beyond what they signify or how you understand them to mean at all.  There are a host of key … Continue reading

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What I Learned from my Comps, aka, Some Amateur Self-Psychoanalysis

I’ve not even really finished my comps.  In my department, they are split into two parts: first, would-be PhD candidates write three essays based on their three area lists; second, assuming they pass the first leg of the process, they … Continue reading

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Suspended Agency, Ambiant Anxiety

I’ve been reading a lot of Lauren Berlant lately.  I’ve also been in the doldrums of a pretty persistent case of intellectual paralysis– unable to read or write very much, or at least not at the pace I would prefer … Continue reading

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