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Cross-Cultural Delivery: The American Influence on Representations of Birth in Polish Popular Culture

Sept. 1, 2013

[1] Scripting the birth, that is emplotting the story of pregnancy and labor using specific narrative and visual conventions, is a way of coping with the unrepresentability of the birthing body. These coping strategies are not meant to represent the actual experience of the birthing woman but rather to decrease... Read more »

Moving Bodies: Sympathetic Migrations in Transgender Narrativity

June 1, 2013

Affect is not an expression of transsexuality but is, rather, the definitive condition of it. --Lucas Cassidy Crawford, “Transgender Without Organs?” Transsexuality offers a dramatic instance of the temporal instability of the flesh. It sets embodiment in motion. --Susan Stryker, “Transsexuality: The Postmodern Body and/as Technology.” [1] No body seems... Read more »

The Nun, The Priest, and the Pornographer: Scripting Rape in Maria Monk’s Awful Disclosures

May 1, 2013

[1] In the early nineteenth century, lurid tales of imprisoned and sexually violated nuns entertained and outraged Protestant Americans. The most famous and popular of these tales was Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery ostensibly written by Maria Monk about her experiences in the Montreal convent. Awful Disclosures tells... Read more »

Human Rights and the “African Village”: Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé

April 1, 2013

[1] Talal Asad begins his essay “What Do Human Rights Do? An Anthropological Enquiry” with the following question: “In the torrent of reporting on human rights in recent years far more attention is given to human rights violations in the non-Western world than in Euro-America. How should we explain this... Read more »

I Can Be Whoever I Want to Be: Alias and The Post-Feminist Rhetoric of Choice

March 1, 2013

[1] Writing an enthusiastic mid-series review of the cult action-adventure series Alias (2001-2006), Charles Taylor made an unusual comparison between the show’s heroine, good-girl spy Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner), and the protagonist of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The earnest, fresh-scrubbed Sydney “suggests what Mary Richards might have... Read more »

Technodrama of the Designer Baby in My Sister’s Keeper and Pride

Feb. 2, 2013

[1] Engineering a cure for the heteronormative family has become one of the signature missions of certain forms of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in the twenty-first century. Processes like artificial insemination and surrogacy are increasingly depicted in popular culture representations as commercial options for women (particularly career women) to fulfill... Read more »

Making a Meal of Manhood: Revisiting Rope and the Question of Hitchcock’s Homophobia

Dec. 1, 2012

[1] When D. A. Miller published “Anal Rope,” an essay about Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rope (1948), in 1990, the AIDS crisis was still raging in the United States, no effective treatment for it was available, homophobia was at its height, and George Bush had taken office, extending his predecessor Ronald... Read more »

The Only Black Man at the Party: Joni Mitchell Enters the Rock Canon

Nov. 1, 2012

[1] On Halloween of 1976, a week before her thirty-third birthday, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell strutted into a Los Angeles party in dark pancake makeup and a pimp’s suit and passed for a black man. For the next six years, Mitchell appeared intermittently in this character, whom she named Art Nouveau... Read more »

A Body That Does Not Compare: How White Men Define Black Female Beauty in the Era of Colorblindness

Oct. 1, 2012

“Just the term ‘black women’ conjures up thoughts of an overweight, dark-skinned, loud, poorly educated person with gold teeth yelling at somebody in public. I hope that doesn’t make me racist but honestly that’s the 1st thing I think of.”- Lee, middle class white male in his 30’s, from Florida... Read more »

Soldiers of Feeling: Masculinity and Patriotism in Innes Munro’s Military Memoirs

Sept. 1, 2012

[1] In the spring of 1789, the impeachment of former East India Company president Warren Hastings for war crimes in India was entering its second year. The outbreak of revolutionary violence in France was still a few months in the future. And a narrative appeared by Innes Munro, a Scottish... Read more »