The time has come. Classes have ended, seminar paper deadlines are past or quickly approaching and soon free-time will be discovered again. Since the submission of proposals we have waited, pushing ideas to the back of our minds, fighting the temptation to plan for English 002.
Excitement aside, the last workshop for the New English 002 had some great takeaways. For those who missed it, Drown Unbound was there to capture the events.
Last but not least for this semester, it is my great pleasure to introduce this new face in the department. She’s one of our wonderful new editors here at Drown Unbound, and we don’t know what we’d do without her! Without further ado, introducing Mareesa Miles!
Laura Fitzpatrick: Hello Mareesa! Tell us about yourself! Continue reading
I’m so excited to introduce another new face in our community. Without further ado, Dr. Emily Weissbourd.
Laura Fitzpatrick: What do you love about what you do?
Emily Weissbourd: Thinking about the long histories of ideologies of race and gender is really important to me, and I love that my work lets me do that in multiple arenas, whether in the classroom or at conferences or while poring over manuscripts. Continue reading
First, an admission: I love a good title. In my opinion, a catchy title can go a long way in getting someone’s attention and hopefully securing it for long enough that s/he continues to read the content. And, in an age in which skimming is the norm in terms of online reading practices, a good title can also give a person a moment of pause.
From Flickr user Strelka
Thus, when I was putting together an online summer course for this past summer, I racked my brain trying to come up with something that might stand out in a sea of other interesting courses. Continue reading
You may have noticed a distinct lack of film club reviews here in the past month. Blame our amazing contributors for filling up our publishing schedule! In the interest of time and work load, I’ve combined the last two films we’ve watched in our club to this one piece, so enjoy a weird and wild mashup of Japanese social-realism and high Gothic horror.
Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low is quite different from the movies you might know him for, Seven Samurai and Ran. No samurai are in evidence here, and his leading man (played by Toshirô Mifune with no less intensity as he exhibits in those action films) is a women’s shoe designer in post-War Japan. As King Gondo plans a takeover of his shoe company, his son is kidnapped and things get hostile. There are twists I don’t want to spoil, and this summary covers only the first ten or so minutes of the film. By its end, there will have been a large scale criminal investigation and a full understanding of why a seemingly enemy-less capitalist would be the target of the biggest kidnapping in Japanese history. The Japanese title translates directly to “Heaven and Hell” and both that and the film’s English title indicate Kurosawa’s spectacular focus on the dichotomies present as Japan transitions into a more Westernized economy and society. He depicts both the positive outcomes that one can achieve in a capitalist economy as well as the terrible disillusionment it can inspire in those who cannot climb the social or economic ladder.
As November begins we continue the Meet and Greet series with Adam Heidebrink-Bruno!
Mareesa Miles: Hello Adam! Tell us about yourself!
Adam Heidebrink-Bruno: Hi! I’m a first-year M.A. student interested in intersectional theory, critical feminist pedagogies, and literature that critiques the neoliberal world order (and its historical parallels). When not mourning capitalism, I can be found in nature (kayaking, hiking, camping), or nerding out (D&D, chess, and other more contemporary tabletop games).