Monthly Archives: March 2013

The End of Reason and (Un)natural Selection in The Time Machine

It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially post-Darwinian work of fiction than H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895). To say the least, the protagonist of the story is a believer in Darwinian theory. It is as if Wells had envisioned placing Darwin… Continue reading

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Rigid Lines

The idea of “queer time” really opened my eyes to the box we put ourselves in when we watch TV. Both the linear projection of time and the gender binary put us rigidly in either black or white–man or woman, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queer Time

It is so fascinating to learn about queer time, something i’d never known about or questioned previously. The idea of queer theorists having the general idea of breaking habits and show a skewed relation to the temporal norm is an … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queer time?! Who, me?!

I found our class conversation and reading about queer vs normative time to be absolutely fascinating. This is a concept that I have considered on my own in the past, not realizing that it was an actual theory that had … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queer Temporality and Time Travel

The first episode, “Blink”, provides an interesting combination of queer temporality and heteronormal institutions. The protagonist, Sally Sparrow, as well as her friend, Kathy Nightingale, engages in heterosexual relationship while experience time travel incidences. Since time is bent in such … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queering heteronormative cultural narratives

I thought that this week’s reading, especially the Judith Halberstam chapter, was incredibly interesting.  I could write about a lot, but I want to focus on the idea of “disposable bodies” and media portrayals of trauma and queerness.  Why do … Continue reading Continue reading

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Again!

Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett. The latest book from master artist and storyteller Emily Gravett does not disappoint. Bursting with color, Again! tells the tale of Cedric, a young dragon who LOVES his bedtime story. When Cedric is ready for bed, his mother reads to him. But every time Cedric’s mother finishes the book, […] Continue reading

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Peer-editing!

Now that your rough drafts are posted on the blog, please peer-edit one of them (i.e. one that has not been peer-edited yet). You should offer some helpful advice or ask a question that might lead the writer to develop … Continue reading Continue reading

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What Is Normative?

“Obviously not all gay, lesbian, and transgender people live their lives in radically different ways from their heterosexual counterparts, but part of what has made queerness compelling as a form of self-description in the past decade or so has to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Documentary on East Jerusalem (Winner of Peabody Award)

Dear JS256 Students, I will be returning your drafts over the weekend but in the meantime I wanted to share a great, short documentary that relates to lecture this week.  The documentary was produced by Al Jazeera and tells four … Continue reading Continue reading

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