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Thursday, September 30, 2004
I don't ordinarily do these...
although these days, I seem to be doing them more and more. Thanks Jeana for a survey to pass the time. By the way, has anybody ever thought of online serveys as a means of constructing identity to ones self? New Paper idea! Performing Identity with Online Surveys!
Well, here goes:
Go go HFS!
So I just submitted a 100 word abstract for the Hoosier Folklore Society conference. And it's for a paper that I've actually already written (yay!). I have 40-50 minutes, so I'm going to give the paper that I wrote about Dorson and the "Identification of Folklore in American Literature" article. Abstract, crappy as it may be, is included here:
On Reading “The Identification of Folklore In American Literature.”
By Adam Zolkover (Indiana University)
Neither the scholarly debate surrounding Richard Dorson’s 1957 article, “The Identification of Folklore in American Literature,” nor the limited extant scholarship on Dorson and his career, addresses the methodology proposed in this article as part of a larger project encompassing Dorson’s career. In this paper, I wish to do just that: Using evidence internal to the article and from his collected writings, I intend to demonstrate the degree to which his proposed methodology for the identification of folklore in literary works was integral to his project of defining American Folklore both as a discipline, and as a subject matter.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
A Funny thing...
A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I lost track of what day it was, worked until 1 p.m., had lunch, and only just after two did I realize that my Gypsy class had been going on already for an hour. So I ran in late, unprepared, and was immediately asked a barrage of questions about the text. Luckily, I could pass with the excuse that I was a little bit frazzled and trying to figure out where we were (having missed an hour and all). It really sucked.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
So things are definitely looking up. I have an outline for my Deep Down in the Jungle paper now, and by the end of the day, I should have a working bibliography, and perhaps an introduction. The problem is that my outline is primarily for the 20-30 page paper that I'm writing for my classes, and cutting it down to 10 pages to give at AFS will be something of a problem. I'm not too concerned, however. Now that I'm actually getting ideas down and getting reading done, I'm pretty well convinced that things are going to turn out well. Very well, in fact, considering how excited I'm getting about this paper. I have at least 30 items in mind for the bibliography, and enough material to write A LOT, I think. Go me.
In other news, I think that I have a pretty good model for a MA thesis. Verbal Art as Performance by Richard Bauman (yes, my professor assigns his own essays) is a little bit short for a thesis at 51 pages with notes, but it's laid out in a very coherent, logical fashion that would work well as a thesis. And for my thesis, all the better because of the subject matter. I think that it'll take a bit of thought to get things right, but things shouldn't be too hard on that account.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
The cats are crazy. CRAZY!
I don't want to do work.
I have about 400 pages worth of reading to do for my Deep Down in the Jungle paper, preferably in the next couple of days.
I have so much reading for my actual classes.
On the bright side, I'm writing the same paper (an expansion of the Deep Down in the Jungle paper) for both my performance class and my cultural studies class.
But have I mentioned that I don't want to do work?
Oh yeah, and I feel like complaining.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Here's some quick ones:
I'm sick. Yuck. I feel like shit and all I want to do is sleep and play video games. Which brings us to our second point:
I have so much reading to do. I need to finish re-reading Althusser on Ideological State Apparatuses for tuesday, then a bunch of performance stuff for wednesday, not to mention that I'm presenting on the reading for my Gypsy class on tuesday and I don't even have the reading for that (I need to go to the library tomorrow whether I'm well enough to go to work or not). Oh yeah. And let's not forget the AFS stuff that I haven't started doing yet.
I saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow yesterday. It was very cool. I really didn't like it in the beginning, but it grew on me as it went on. It was very smart and made reference to a lot of the more obscure classics of sci-fi cinema (not to mention the obvious ones). It's spotty in places, but gets my recommendation overall.
As I hinted before, if I'm not feeling better, I'm not going to work tomorrow. I can make it up on friday. That'd be okay if it meant not being sick at work for 4 hours.
Yet another Lotus has passed me by, and I didn't get to see any of the acts. I really don't like that you have to buy day-long passes to the Lotus festival. Really, I only wanted to see one or two bands that were going to be here (Darrol Anger and Mike Marshall, for instance), but instead of being able to just pay to go see them, I'd have to pay for the whole day. Suck.
And I think that's all my updating for now. Off to pick Sarah up then eat bagels for lunch! Yay! More Bagels!
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Been a while since I've posted. From now on, I'll try to be better about that, but being out of the house for so long, so much of the week, things are really hectic and not conducive to a daily blog... We'll see what happens. I'd really like to keep up with this better, but... we'll see.
Anyway, so the question on everybody's mind is: What has Adam done this week?
Well, last weekend, there were a bunch of parties. Friday, I and a bunch of folklore people went to the Irish Lion for dinner and drinking, which turned out to be a pretty good idea, considering that they're not that expensive for dinner if you only eat the pub-grub, and the drinks are significantly cheaper than at Nicks English Hut, which is where the Folklore Department usually holds its happy hour. I guess the lesson here, then, is down with the English! Éireann go Brách!
Then saturday night was Jeana and Sarah L.'s pirate party, which was really cool. A lot of good drinking and raucousness--and singing of chanties!--there. And then sunday night, Peggy (another folklorist) had a party at her house in the country, which is so spacious outside that it's almost ranch-like. That was a lot of fun, and I got to see Henry (Glassie) and Pravina (Shukla), whom I haven't seen in a while. All good times.
In other news, I also made Lox this week, which turns out to have been a bad idea. They came out really well. REALLY well. But there is a lot of them, and only me to eat them... and I have no bagels. This was just poorly planned.
Well... reading and class and work, so I'm off.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
It only took two attempts and a whole lot of run-around, but I managed to book a room for AFS at the low advertised price of $115 per night. So between four people, that comes to $28.75 per night, which is only just a little bit over $100 per person for the entire conference. Pretty good deal, I'll say.
Our little kitty is so cute. It turns out he's a boy, and his name is Alestair, and it turns out that he's incredibly friendly, although really playful in that slightly bothersome kitten-like way. He also makes Sarah have panic attacks about asthma, so we'll see how long he sticks around. I'm sure that if he really makes Sarah that unable to breath, we would have a plethora of friends willing to give him a good home.
Work is good. Although I still can't input the books I've indexed into the computer because the one (ONE!) guy at the MLA headquarters who takes care of such things is on a two-week vacation. So I have a hundred or so items sitting on my desk waiting to be copied into the computer, and I'm a bit bothered that it'll end up taking forever just because some guy in NY is on vacation and the MLA is too cheap to get a temp.
And school is good. I'm making some little progress on my AFS / Performance class paper. I'm also doing a lot of reading by the founders of Cultural Studies (although not E.P. Thompson. I'd rather read E.P. Thompson.) and significant reading on the Roma and what exactly it means to be Romanes.
Finally, there's a whole lot of socializing going on. More, I think, than I've ever done before in my life. It's kind of nice, but it's also kind of a bother, being that 4 days a week, I have to get up before seven to get to work on time. We'll see how this plays out...
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Been a long time since I've written. Sorry about that. The first week of school has been exceedingly time-consuming. Not bad, but definitely time-consuming. I'm working monday-thursday morning for three or four hours indexing books for the folklore volume of the MLA bibliography, which is a very cool job, but much harder work than I thought it would be. Fortunately, it's very flexible, and they don't mind when I need to take a five minute break every 45 minutes (because my eyes get buggy indexing article after article). Then my classes are also pretty cool. I'm taking "Roma History through Music and Art," which is kind of a strange class in which we're reading pretty much everything ever written on Eastern European Roma (Gypsies for the non-politically correct). Then I'm taking "Introduction to Cultural Studies," which is interesting and for which the reading is good, but in which the professor is kind of crazy. We don't exactly have seminar-style discussions about the readings in that class. Instead, she goes through and asks us questions and makes comments about what the author is trying to do; and when we do discuss, it's very strange because English grad students apparently have a very different idea of things like "art" than do folklorists. Finally, I'm taking "Performance," which seems really cool. I'm not a huge fan of Performance theory as the central idea of my research, but I figure if I'm going to take one class on the subject, this should be it (Performance with Bauman is like taking Semiotics with Umberto Eco, or something). The reading is good, and I'm going to write my AFS paper as my paper for the class (and hopefully as my paper for my cultural studies class too), which is really nice.
But classes aren't all that's going on. I went to a lovely late-night party last night out about half-way toward Nashville, IN, where I mingled with a bunch of cool folklorists and non-folklorists, and even six cows of various colors and designs. And then today, we're getting the new kitten. She's done with quarantine, so we're going to pick her up and take her right to the vet, where we'll traumatize her some more. Her name, by the way, is going to be Anna. So we'll have Lucien and Anna at last. Haha! I would have also accepted the name Akathla (like the world-eating demon from the end of season two of Buffy), but Sarah thought that it wasn't girly enough. Hmph. But Anna is better anyway.
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