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A Loving Science–My Fall 2012 Course!–and Pepe Le Pew?

I’m getting real psyched for the course I’ll be teaching in the fall with the Thompson Writing Program at Duke. I’m working on my course description (which is a work-in-progress). I figure I’ll post what I have so far so I can document the stages that will lead to my syllabus. This specific course description […]

Jews of Another Planet

“There are no parallels to the life of the concentration camps. Its horror can never be fully embraced by the imagination for the very reason that it stands outside of life and death. It can never be fully reported for the very reason that the survivor returns to the world of the living, which make […]

Solaris (1972) and Queer Science

I watched Tarkovsky’s film adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 novel, Solaris, today and I think it warrants a blog-post. The film follows Kris, aptly given the surname Kelvin, who is a scientist of Solaris, a peculiar electro-magnetic ocean on a foreign planet. The project lasts for years with a space ship and scientists commissioned to orbit Solaris in order to better […]

The Secular Turn and Jewish Studies, Houdini, and Liberation Narratives

I had my first meeting with Fred Moten about my prelims this Friday, 4.13.2012 and Oh boy! is my brain thinking after this one. Of the various things that came up during the meeting was secularism in the history of Jewish Studies. I expressed my uneasy feelings about having been brought up in an orthodox […]

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

Summary Rather than the traditional love triangle, Nightwood revolves around what we might call a love quadrangle, with Robin Vote as the primary node and Nora, Jenny, and Felix as the periphery points. The novel begins with the Baron Felix’s story. He is a Viennese Jew, from a family that has tried to fabricate a […]