Sunday, December 27, 2009


Kissing Cousins: A New Kinship Bestiary

Frances Bartkowski

“At a time when walls and fences and barriers are being erected in bricks and mortar and electronic circuitry, we might rather ask what the world would look like if we opened the borders of our selves to the others—-those others whom we resemble though we may be inclined to insist that we do not recognize them as our coevals, our co-evils” (3).

Weaving together such works as John Sayles’ film Lone Star, Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, Cai Hau’s A Society Without Fathers or Husbands with studies about pigs as organ donors, and stories from primatological research and evolutionary science, Bartkowski suggests kintimacy as the trope for the killing/kissing worlds we have inherited.

“If we could think and live this kissing-killing knot with empathy as the starting point, we might be able to move forward into our mixed and mingled futures with forms of radical hope fashioned out of old histories of despair" (139).


Katie King said...

Personally I am less interested in reviewing or critiquing books than I am in using them to build intellectual community around the issues networked through them. Of course good critique matters enormously, but I would rather engage the books as a fellow writer who knows how hard it is to communicate and think, than in the spirit of a division of labor in which some critique and some are critiqued.

Maria said...

Here are some readings that might be helpful to you:

"Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back"
(I like this one a lot, but because it involves dating, students sometimes derail by saying it's not about race, but about taste or whatever)

"Sports Knowledge is Power: Reinforcing Masculine Privilege Through Fantasy Sport League Participation" Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Vol. 30, No. 3, 244-264 (2006)
(This led to some really good discussion this semester -- I guess because UMD has so many sports fans)

Negotiating Identities/Queering Desires: Coming Out Online and the Remediation of the Coming-Out Story

(Students liked this one because they said it modeled humanities/WMST/AMST writing strategies nicely)

Lisa Nakamura, “The Socioalgorithmics of Race: Sorting it Out in Jihad Worlds”

Celestine Arnold

“Digital Multiculture”
Video: PSFK Conference NYC: Celestine Arnold and Digital Multiculture - PSFK
At PSFK Conference NYC, Celestine Arnold gave an eye-opening talk on the Ghost in the Machine: Digital Multiculture. Celestine discussed the role of race and culture in video games - and the gaming industry's failure to address (and successfully market towards) it. ...