|the sea and the mirror
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Two days ago I finished my first year of grad school. It was quite stressful (to say the least) and my attention span has been more comfortable with Tumblr than DW/LJ. But now that the summer is here and my workload's lighter, I'm going to try to engage more over here! Fingers crossed.
blacksquirrel and I had a conversation where she jokingly referred to a popular article in Queer Theory where the author backs up an argument with references to an episode of South Park with a "Pakistani Leather Man" character. It was memorable and it kind of represented the mysterious/strange qualities of academia to me.
“[T]here are elders in the field [of history] gleefully announcing the passing of the theory they refer to as the ‘linguistic turn.’ … employing conceptual tools they would renounce in the study of medieval society or modern intellectual history, they chronicle a succession of phases or stages (from the political to the social to the cultural, to language, to the postcolonial and the global) that totalize history’s practices at any point in time. They reduce the theoretical preoccupations of ‘language’ to a simple thematics, it becomes an object of study (in a succession of them) rather than (what it is) an epistemological position… . There has been great celebration recently, in the pages of the American Historical Review and elsewhere, o f the passing of the linguistic turn (a stand-in for theory more broadly) and the restoration of the empirical imperative in contemporary historical work. Sylvia Schafer refers to ‘the sigh of relief’ that has accompanied this commentary. ‘Declaring theoretically informed historical writing to be a certain kind of ‘dead’ not only distances history ever further from modes of thought that have never sat well with its preferred politics of knowledge. It also suggests that no ‘new’ insight can emerge from history’s past.’ … This thematizing of history, its placement in a succession of ever-evolving objects of study… nullifies its epistemological threat and renders it simply out of style, passé.”
Finally I’ve read an article that explains things I’ve been finding so frustrating. I have a strong liking for theory; in fact, what I know of it so far energizes everything I do. And I assumed that coming to grad school would mean that I’d get the opportunity to rigorously explore and learn theory as well as traditional historical facts, but honestly… my first semester, I had to fight and claw to get even a bit of it. I went outside my department to a Gender Studies class taught by a Sociologist, which people looked down upon for various reasons.
It's been pretty unpleasant.
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/359522.htm
title: “daughter of the rain and snow”
song: Florence + the Machine - “Landscape (Demo)”
fandom/character: Revenge (ABC) | Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clarke)
summary: born from dark water / daughter of the rain and snow
vidder’s note: Special thanks to amnisias and greenchestnuts for their help, and to everyone else who gave encouragement & feedback!
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/359134.htm
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you’ve come a long way, baby
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/358074.htm
I’ve been chatting on various fan forums about the finale, and several topics keep coming up. Below are some of the topics that have been raised and my POV on them.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/356690.htm
I rewatched the pilot last night. I hadn’t seen it since it first aired, and watching it right after seeing the (amazing!) finale had quite the impact. The thing that stood out the most to me was, as always, Emily and Nolan’s relationship. Mainly, that it just does not exist there, not as it comes to. And both of them are a mess. They’re isolated and working out of the very worst of their coping strategies. Emily is all cold rage, destruction, and only allowing herself to connect with her dead father and then only through her plans to burn everyone who hurt them down.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/356285.htm
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I’ve taken 400+ high res (1280x720) screen caps from the new trailer. I’m hoping to do my bit to make it easier for people to make pretty graphics. Please credit if you use these, so other people can find them!
zip files @ mediafire:    
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/355991.htm
title: One Day at a Time
summary: Family is everyone who gets you through the bad days.
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This is a sequel to Little Notions and second in an AU series I'm working on.
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/355789.htm
title: what thou lovest well remains
summary: I ship Joan/medicine and so does Sherlock.
author's notes: This is based off the newly released trailer. I owe thanks to followingyourbliss for beta reading and punkrockmuffinatrix for sharing the titular poem with me.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/355123.htm
title: Little Notions
summary: Hal puts his embroidery skills to good use.
[read @ AO3]
Author’s Notes: This is part 1 in a series of AU one-shots. Gen at the moment, but ultimately Annie/Hal. I owe so much thanks to my betas. Everything I know about embroidery I learned form rikibeth, who talked to me about history and let me ramble until things made sense. afigureofspeech reminds me of characterization when I get off track and always knows where the writing needs a little extra help. And llamabrains is not only my favorite writer in this ship, but a very encouraging person to talk to about writing. Thank you all!
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/354847.htm
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My fanart for this beautiful new Garrow’s Law fic by followingyourbliss. :)
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/354502.htm
After the praying, after the hymn-singing,