Monthly Archives: December 2018

Histories of melancholy

Histories of melancholy. Subjectivity, melancholy.

Hegemonic cultural norms produce “melancholic” subjects, modelled on the Hegelian “unhappy consciousness,” whose identity depends upon the marginalisation of excluded, transgressive subjectivities.

That is from an old, yet interesting critique of Butler.
I always said depression was self-hatred, rejection of self, and also came from subjection, renunciation.

This is good advice on writing, but what did I do today? A syllabus, a mini-grant, and a revise-and-resubmit of a poetry translation manuscript. I avoided my academic piece because it involves going through a depressing series of files — or so I think. (Is it that really, I like these other things better, I sometimes wonder.)

You have to feel like a person, I find, have full access to self, and this is why techniques for “productivity,” while good, always seem to miss the mark. One of my issues is the anxiety of disagreeing with people, if I am speaking for myself and not a cause. It is intolerable and so I switch gears to activism or translation, where I know I deserve to speak since it is not for me.

It is not for you. You are not a full person. Do not do things as you. And I work in what you might call a comfort zone, when I cannot work for me without running into peak anxiety.

I still need to learn that I have a place, and the right to take it, it does seem.


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After neoliberalism?

Clarissa is posting on Wendy Brown who, as we know, is a major critic of the privatization of the University of California as well as one who shows what neoliberal values have done to everything.

Newfield, and my colleagues, want to reclaim the idea of the public good, and the public for that matter, and higher education as public good, but Brown suggests that ship has sailed and that in higher education, now, we don’t work to form an educated citizenry but human capital.


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Committing to memory

These keywords and key phrases: violation of academic freedom, discrimination, and inadequate consideration of case.


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La imaginación histórica y el romance nacional; Martyrs of Miscegenation

1996, F. Unzueta, and I need to see it. It is not here, and it would cost $40 to buy used, so I will actually use interlibrary loan. I had forgotten I was looking for this article by Lee Skinner several years ago and that I had it; now I have read it. National identities in the 19th century, as we know, are sites of negotiation and struggle, and writers used racially marked images in different ways, depending on their politics at a particular coyuntura.
One knows these things.

Skinner says both Sommer and Anderson think of national identities as fixed things, through which national reconciliation is brought about. I don’t agree with all of Sommer but I always read her as proposing that identities were being proposed, forged, posited in these texts, and they did not preexist them.

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Freedom time

I keep not doing all I hope to, but I do hope to go and get this book from the library, Freedom Time.


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Read and quake

According to the College Board, the published tuition and fees of private, nonprofit colleges and universities increased between 2007-8 and 2017-18 at an average rate of 2.4 percent. Given the growth in wealth during that period of the top 1 percent of earners, plus the shifting of financial aid away from the most needy and toward “merit scholarships” for the affluent, it is likely that college for the highest earners is actually less expensive in real terms today than it was a decade ago. The same cannot be said for the majority of the population.

Quoted from here.


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