Monthly Archives: April 2007

Steve Stern, The Sectret History of Gender

I have to say, I’m somewhat surprised that this book didn’t seem to
invite more controversy in my class…

The issue of agency among the oppressed is one that has come up several
times in discussions for this class, and has proven quite contentious each time. Some in the class welcome models that give agency to those in oppressive situations or in states of subjection, and others find it to be overly optimistic, pie in the sky thinking, that can be used as justification to blame the victim.

Given that, when I realized that our reading for this week was a book about gender relations in which the author discusses domestic violence at length, and that Stern posits that degrees of contestation and complicity can be found on both sides of the gender line, I expected a flurry of responses to show up on WebCT on the
topic.

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Steve Stern, The Sectret History of Gender

I have to say, I’m somewhat surprised that this book didn’t seem to
invite more controversy in my class…

The issue of agency among the oppressed is one that has come up several
times in discussions for this class, and has proven quite contentious each time. Some in the class welcome models that give agency to those in oppressive situations or in states of subjection, and others find it to be overly optimistic, pie in the sky thinking, that can be used as justification to blame the victim.

Given that, when I realized that our reading for this week was a book about gender relations in which the author discusses domestic violence at length, and that Stern posits that degrees of contestation and complicity can be found on both sides of the gender line, I expected a flurry of responses to show up on WebCT on the
topic.

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Myst is not a good video game.

First off, I had to post this when I found it: apparently, Nial Ferguson was so impressed by the Calm and the Storm that he went and got a job with them. It’s not really a conflict of interests or anything, but I found it very interesting.

 

That said, I’m still not loving Myst. I’m not exactly an avid gamer, but I do enjoy some games in moderation. I’m not one of those anti-video game people. But I do not find Myst particularly enjoyable. […]

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Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past

I really enjoyed this book, but I’m finding it very difficult to talk about.
It’s deceptively simple, an easy read, and I honestly had trouble
reading it critically, because so much of what he said seemed pretty
intuitively right. […] Continue reading

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Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past

I really enjoyed this book, but I’m finding it very difficult to talk about.
It’s deceptively simple, an easy read, and I honestly had trouble
reading it critically, because so much of what he said seemed pretty
intuitively right. […] Continue reading

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“You got Freud in my History! You got History in my Freud!”

Lynn Hunt’s “The Family Romance of the French Revolution” is a fascinating book. The author makes a series of fascinating observations, but I feel her approach undermines the work, to an extent. Now, I’m not one of those historians who … Continue reading

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ARGs and the Classroom

I attended the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association last week. It was fortuitous, maybe, to have this week’s James Paul Gee reading on the potential of video games as pedagogical tools, as I had … Continue reading

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