Beyond “Words, Words, Words”: Soliloquies, the Graphic Novel, and the Great Shakespearean Divide

The following post is an excerpt from an article I am working on originally written for my class on Shakespeare: Editing and Performance, offered by Peter Holland at the University of Notre Dame (Spring 2012). This paper was presented at the 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 20th, 2013. FAIR … Continue reading Beyond “Words, Words, Words”: Soliloquies, the Graphic Novel, and the Great Shakespearean Divide

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Heternormative Tragedies? The Queerness of Eugene O’Neill’s “Bound East for Cardiff” and Henrik Ibsen’s “Rosmersholm”

Both Eugene O’Neill’s Bound East for Cardiff (1914)[1] and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosemersholm (1886) can be considered tragic, not only because they display characters that are unable to fit within the context of their social norms, but also because both plays portray the mortal downfall of its main characters. Nonetheless, the complexities of these “failures” increase … Continue reading Heternormative Tragedies? The Queerness of Eugene O’Neill’s “Bound East for Cardiff” and Henrik Ibsen’s “Rosmersholm”

When (Gay) Porn and Academia Collide: Pornography as Emancipation?

Never in my life did I think that I'd be writing about porn within an academic setting, but I guess there is a first time for everything (especially if you work in areas such as gender or queer studies)!While surfing the web and perusing through Buzzfeed (a website that provides a snapshot of the viral … Continue reading When (Gay) Porn and Academia Collide: Pornography as Emancipation?

A Note on the “Death of the Author”: A Discussion of the Viral Letter from a Dad to his Gay Son

Yesterday, a letter from a father to his gay son went viral on the internet. The image above was posted on the Facebook page of FCKH8, and as of now, this post has garnered over 80,000 likes. Here's a transcript of the letter if you're unable to read it in the image above: Nate, I … Continue reading A Note on the “Death of the Author”: A Discussion of the Viral Letter from a Dad to his Gay Son

Would you get into a bathtub with your friend? HBO’s [Girls] and Non-Sexual Intimacy

I finally got a chance to watch an episode of Girls, an American television series that began airing on HBO during 2012. The show stars and is written by Lena Dunham, and the show is partly inspired by Dunham's real-life experiences. Strangely enough, I did not watch the first episode of the series, but rather, … Continue reading Would you get into a bathtub with your friend? HBO’s [Girls] and Non-Sexual Intimacy