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A General Update, Huzzah

Whew! My final grades are in for one course ("Native American Film, Fiction, and Myth"), and I have one lecture remaining in my other one ("Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga"). Now to think about my summer classes!

At the moment I'm packing to go to Washington, DC, where I'll be for the next several days leading a series of roundtable discussions on “The Bourgeois Virtue in Film and Fiction” with a group of think-tank specialists and policy folks. (We'll be talking about several scholarly articles as well as Gaskell's North and South, Trollope's The Way We Live Now - both remarkably timely and relevant works - along with Lodge's Nice Work, the film King Rat, and other fascinating texts.)

In other personal news, my Achilles tendon continues to improve slowly but surely, thanks in large part to intensive physical therapy I've been receiving three to four times a week from the fantastic faculty and staff members at Lenoir-Rhyne's Athletic Training Program, who are more than awesome, and to whom I'm deeply indebted. I can see quite a difference already, and I have more to go. (Patience, Grasshopper...)

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In case anyone is interested, here is the final lineup of films we viewed in the "Native American Film" portion of my "Film, Fiction, and Myth" seminar. I highly recommend them all.
Reel Injun (2009, documentary)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
"Our Spirits Don't Speak English": Indian Boarding School (2008, documentary)
Older Than America (2008)
Standing Silent Nation (2006, documentary)
Barking Water (2009)

Each of the graduate students also chose another film to watch/analyze independently, such as Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) and Skins (2002), among others.

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Speaking of classes, this clever fan film came up in discussion as we were studying transformational works and participatory culture in the "Taking Harry Seriously" class. It's framed as a documentary about the Battle of Hogwarts, filmed twenty years after the fact (and including "interviews" with some of the participants). It's well worth watching.



The rest is as follows:
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5


"Given a strong feeling of independence in every Darkshire man, have I any right to obtrude my views, of the manner in which he shall act, upon another (hating it as I should do most vehemently myself), merely because he has labour to sell and I capital to buy?"
- Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

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whswhs
May. 10th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
You're covering North and South? That's a really good book. I especially like the scene where Margaret is getting on her high horse with John about commerce being dishonest, and he tells her that if he were not scrupulously honest he would never have survived in business. It's exactly the kind of thing Jane Jacobs was talking about in Systems of Survival with her tracing the conflict between trader and guardian moralities.
eldritchhobbit
May. 16th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
It really is a brilliant book! I love that scene, too. It works really well with Deidre McClockey's The Bourgeois Virtues and Tyler Cowan's article "Is a Novel a Model?," both of which we also used.

The contrast with The Way We Live Now (about speculation, as opposed to entrepreneurship, and reflecting a very different understanding of markets) made for a great discussion, too.
cookiefleck
May. 10th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
*seconds that "huzzah"*
eldritchhobbit
May. 16th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! :D
sittingduck1313
May. 11th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
The Dark Shadows movie is suppose to premiere today. Guess we'll be seeing whether or not the cause of death for Johnathon Frid was Shame (the trailer I saw left me very unimpressed). :P
eldritchhobbit
May. 16th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh. When I saw that trailer, I actually groaned out loud. And I usually like Depp-and-Burton. *sad sigh*
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