Month: November 2011

Of Motorcycles and Melodrama

Sons of Anarchy has often been described as Hamlet on Harleys for good reason. But my readings of late have me thinking that the show actually offers some really different inflections on Modleski’s Loving with a Vengeance.

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Circles, Charmed and Magic

Adrienne Shaw interrogates the stigma associated with the solitary gamer by applying queer theory to games studies, arguing in the process for a broader consideration of how these two scholarly approaches might work together.

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NCA in NOLA: A tale of Frenchman Street and Feminism

This years National Communication Association came with a side of jazz and jambalaya. Held in New Orleans, two hotels on canal street were overtaken with communication scholars from all over the country.

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An Oscar for Andy?

20th Century Fox is mounting an Oscar campaign for The Planet of the Apes’ Andy Serkis. Tama Leaver examines the potential implications of this sort of virtual acting or ‘synthespian’ (synthetic thespian) performance for our understanding of what it means to act or perform.

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How to be an Independent Scholar

Being an independent scholar means that research and academic writing must be redefined as pleasure: I research instead of watching TV or reading a book; I write instead of meeting with friends or going shopping; I edit and do professional activities at the cost of my family time.

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