ABOUT ME: Radical queer femme grad student in the upper right hand region of the U.S. Any more details might be incriminating.

THE PURPOSE: I'm reading for my oral comprehensive exams for my PhD in American Studies. I have over 200 books to read and only 180 days until the exam (you do the math). That equals (at least) ONE BOOK A DAY for the foreseeable future. I happen to also have a propensity to take 10x the notes I need on any given book/subject/idea/matter etc. To keep myself from doing even more than I've already got to do, I'm taking some words of wisdom from previous examinees and limiting my note taking to ONE VERY LARGE INDEX CARD per book. Which I will post (are you ready for this?) ONE TIME A DAY. And just to keep with the one-a-day-keeps-the-examiners-at-bay theme... each index card will be accompanied by ONE PITHY STATEMENT that wraps up the day's selection.

9th July 2012

Question

may-is-the-way said: Thanks for the follow

you’re welcome!

6th June 2012

Question

flashesofgoldd said: I love the idea of this blog!

i love you! ok, i don’t know you, but i linked to you through the FYVBO tumblr. righteous. 

thanks. i got through my qualifying exams so this blog doesn’t get updated anymore, but i still use it for all my tumblr purposes. 

16th February 2012

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asatelliteboy said: your blog is immense! i love it!

thanks! my camera broke half way through my studying period, and so i only have about half of the cards up. i keep saying i’m going to upload the rest one of these days, but until i get through this dissertation prospectus, and this article i’m revising, and these fellowship applications, and all this teaching… yeah. sigh. someday, though. in the meantime, if you have any requests for a book not on here, let me know. i might have read it for orals :)

18th October 2011

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Do not fear…

… I have SO SO SO many books backlogged for uploading on here. Now that I’m teaching and trying to pull my crap together for the Big Day I can’t seem to find the time to post. However, have no fear. I am well on track still, and I will post all these cards in a gleeful post-orals, tipsy free-for-all on November 29th. Or whenever I wake up once this is all over. 

Tagged: oralsbacklogCLUB KEEP READING

19th September 2011

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Bill Brown, A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature (2003)
Pithy one-sentence summary:
"The tale of possession is something stranger than the history of a culture of consumption—it is the Story of Americans using things to think about themselves."

Bill Brown, A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature (2003)

Pithy one-sentence summary:

"The tale of possession is something stranger than the history of a culture of consumption—it is the Story of Americans using things to think about themselves."

Tagged: Bill BrownA Sense of Thingsmaterial cultureobjectsobjecthoodliteraturepossessionregionalismmaterialist historyHenry JamesWilliam JamescommodificationField 1

19th September 2011

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Constance Classen, The Color of Angels: Cosmology, gender, and the aesthetic imagination (1998)
Pithy one-sentence summary:
Gender has informed, at a structural AND representational level, the formation of discourses on sensory perception, with deep implications for the hierarchy of the senses and aesthetic imaginaries.

Constance Classen, The Color of Angels: Cosmology, gender, and the aesthetic imagination (1998)

Pithy one-sentence summary:

Gender has informed, at a structural AND representational level, the formation of discourses on sensory perception, with deep implications for the hierarchy of the senses and aesthetic imaginaries.

Tagged: Constance ClassenThe Color of Angelsgendersensory culturestouchtastevisionhearingsmellaestheticssensory historyField 1

19th September 2011

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Heather Nathans, Slavery & Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861: Lifting the Veil of Black (2009)
Pithy one-sentence summary:
There is a hole in the historiography of representations of slavery on the antebellum stage, beyond the pioneering work on minstrelsy and blackface or examinations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Nathans demonstrates how frequently sentimental portrayals of slavery appear, arguing that “sentimental enterprise” marked true value and made sentimental exchange with oppressed people one strategy for coping with change.
Pithy one-sentence critique of my summary:
I’m quite certain the summary above has several grammatical problems.

Heather Nathans, Slavery & Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861: Lifting the Veil of Black (2009)

Pithy one-sentence summary:

There is a hole in the historiography of representations of slavery on the antebellum stage, beyond the pioneering work on minstrelsy and blackface or examinations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Nathans demonstrates how frequently sentimental portrayals of slavery appear, arguing that “sentimental enterprise” marked true value and made sentimental exchange with oppressed people one strategy for coping with change.

Pithy one-sentence critique of my summary:

I’m quite certain the summary above has several grammatical problems.

Tagged: Heather NathansSlavery and Sentiment on the American Stageearly national periodperformance and politicstheater historyraceslaverynational identitysentimentalitysympathyrepresentationantebellum periodField 3

19th September 2011

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Laura Wexler, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000)
Pithy one-sentence summary: 
"Women’s professional exploitation of the ‘innocent eye’ at the turn of the century laid the basis for a new social division of labor in seeing… and naturalized the dominations it was assigned to document."

Laura Wexler, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (2000)

Pithy one-sentence summary: 

"Women’s professional exploitation of the ‘innocent eye’ at the turn of the century laid the basis for a new social division of labor in seeing… and naturalized the dominations it was assigned to document."

Tagged: Laura WexlerTender Violencephotographyimperialismimperial eyesnaturalizationracegenderdomesticitysentimentalityempireField 2

19th September 2011

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George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, & the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994)
Pithy one-sentence summary:
To classify men’s sexual behavior and identities using the simple polarities of “homosexual” and “heterosexual” would be to misunderstand the complexity of their sexual systems; also, before the 1930s a thriving, public, and complex gay male world flourished in NYC.
Pithy one-sentence critique of this one very large index card:
I have read this whole book multiple times, but I just couldn’t fit the whole thing on one card. 

George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, & the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994)

Pithy one-sentence summary:

To classify men’s sexual behavior and identities using the simple polarities of “homosexual” and “heterosexual” would be to misunderstand the complexity of their sexual systems; also, before the 1930s a thriving, public, and complex gay male world flourished in NYC.

Pithy one-sentence critique of this one very large index card:

I have read this whole book multiple times, but I just couldn’t fit the whole thing on one card. 

Tagged: George ChaunceyGay New Yorkhomosexualitygay culturegay menlesbiansqueer studiesqueer historyurban studiesField 4

19th September 2011

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Heather Love, Feeling Backward: Loss & the Politics of Queer History (2007)
Pithy one-sentence summary:
By examining refusal, disidentification, and shame—a turning away or “feeling backwards”—ambivalent late 19th and early to-mid 20th century literary texts register the painful negotiation of the emergence of the modern homosexual subject and constitute a political subject position queer scholars need to take seriously, as well.

Heather Love, Feeling Backward: Loss & the Politics of Queer History (2007)

Pithy one-sentence summary:

By examining refusal, disidentification, and shame—a turning away or “feeling backwards”—ambivalent late 19th and early to-mid 20th century literary texts register the painful negotiation of the emergence of the modern homosexual subject and constitute a political subject position queer scholars need to take seriously, as well.

Tagged: Heather LoveFeeling Backwardqueer studiesqueer theoryaffectdisidentificationnostalgialiteraturehomosexualityField 4