Mini-Reading: The Windup Girl/Neuromancer

Mini-Reading: The Windup Girl/Neuromancer

[Note: Figuring out how I want to use all my various social media platforms is an ongoing process. This post originally appeared elsewhere, but now I think it fits better here. So enjoy this post from Liz's Wayback Machine, originally written January 9, 2012.] The blurb on the cover of The Windup Girl compares it to Neuromancer. […] more…
Mini-Reading: What I Love About The Good Wife

Mini-Reading: What I Love About The Good Wife

Since you asked, what I love about The Good Wife–in addition to Kalinda, as far as I know the only undysfunctional bisexual on television, and in addition to Josh Charles, who I’ve had a soft spot for since Sports Night, and in addition to The Julianna Marguiles Of It All– The main thing I love […] more…
Self-Promotion: And Behold

Self-Promotion: And Behold

One more post for Media Commons, about course blogs and ethical embodiment, drawing from my experience teaching Lolita in my Literature and Sexualities class: Moderating Lolita more…
Teaching Notes: Zone One

Teaching Notes: Zone One

Colson Whitehead‘s post-zombie-apocalypse novel Zone One follows “Mark Spitz” (a nickname, but we’re never given his real name) over the course of three days. Exceptional only for his extreme mediocrity, Mark works as part of a civilian team dispatched by the provisional government to sweep lower Manhattan for zombie stragglers. This area, Zone One, has […] more…
Self-Promotion: Taste the Happy

Self-Promotion: Taste the Happy

Another piece for In Media Res. The stuff I’ve written for them is a lot like the stuff I write here, except with the added challenge of keeping it to 400 words, and with, I’m assuming, a bigger audience. I do know from my analytics that I have readers here–there are dozens of us!–but I […] more…
Self Promotion: Invoking the Vagina

Self Promotion: Invoking the Vagina

Sometimes when I don’t blog for awhile it’s because I have some very important TV to watch, or a daughter to raise, or whatever. But sometimes it’s because I’m writing other things. Like this piece at In Media Res! The Rape Joke Embodied: Invoking the Vagina more…
Teaching Notes: Imitation of Life

Teaching Notes: Imitation of Life

Fannie Hurst’s 1933 Imitation of Life is quintessential mass market chick lit. Or at least it was when it was first published. It has undergone something of a transformation in reputation since scholars have become more interested in the sentimental literature tradition. Imitation of Life tells the story of a white woman (Bea) and a […] more…
Mini-Reading: Stuck in the Middle

Mini-Reading: Stuck in the Middle

The Middle, about to begin its fourth season on ABC, should be the new Roseanne. Based on the show’s premise, I think on some level it wants to be the new Roseanne. But it is not the new Roseanne. Let’s start with what the shows have in common—the reasons I started watching The Middle and had such high […] more…
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