On the Development and Evolution of Culture – Raymond Williams’ [The Sociology of Culture]

Raymond Williams' The Sociology of Culture, originally published in 1982, is a precise and methodological approach towards the field of cultural sociology. The book is centered on establishing the prominence, evolution, and reproduction of culture. Williams ultimately traces this evolution through a discussion of cultural sociology, and through a painstaking description of cultural forms and their nuances. … Continue reading On the Development and Evolution of Culture – Raymond Williams’ [The Sociology of Culture]

Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures

The process of commodification is commonly viewed as antithetical to the notion of queer. While many people within LGBT communities or subcultures have widely embraced the increasing presence and assimilation of gay culture into mainstream culture (which includes an increasing representation of gay and lesbian characters/issues in the media, the nationalization of LGBT rights, among … Continue reading Queer Commodities: Contemporary US Fiction, Consumer Capitalism, and Gay and Lesbian Subcultures

On Feelings, the Body, and Queer Grief: Sara Ahmed’s “The Cultural Politics of Emotion”

I will begin by stating that Sara Ahmed's The Cultural Politics of Emotion is a book that I was really looking forward to, mostly because it uses a multidisciplinary approach to comprehend how emotions are tied to notions such as culture and power. Even more so, the book explores how emotions, despite their apparent abstractness, are physically … Continue reading On Feelings, the Body, and Queer Grief: Sara Ahmed’s “The Cultural Politics of Emotion”

On the Evolution of Literary Culture – Jim Collins’ “Bring on the Books for Everybody”

One of the greatest challenges throughout my years engaged in graduate study has been the struggle to validate my field. Validation certainly is a problem in the humanities, especially with the advent and reign of STEM fields and areas. However, even within the field of English, I am constantly met with ridicule, or sometimes scorn, … Continue reading On the Evolution of Literary Culture – Jim Collins’ “Bring on the Books for Everybody”

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?

Do You Hate Your Body? Western Culture, Gender, and Body Issues

Some of the most awkward and disturbing conversations that I've had about the body have taken place during a meal. There is something about sharing food with company that ignites interesting topics of conversation as pertained to our body, nature, and food. I recall one particular instance in which I went over a friend's house for … Continue reading Do You Hate Your Body? Western Culture, Gender, and Body Issues

The XY Factor: NBC’s “The New Normal” and the Nature/Culture Dichotomy

Within the last couple of months, I've been watching a sitcom on NBC titled The New Normal, which offers a fresh and daring reconfiguration of the traditional family. The show centers on Bryan and David, a committed gay couple, and Goldie, a single mother who decides to become David and Bryan's gestational surrogate. In every episode, … Continue reading The XY Factor: NBC’s “The New Normal” and the Nature/Culture Dichotomy

My Syllabus for Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric – Notre Dame – Spring 2013

Here is the syllabus that I designed for the Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric course that I will teach during the spring 2013 semester at the University of Notre Dame. I think this will be the most daring and innovative writing course that I've ever taught. As you will notice, I include a lot of non-traditional … Continue reading My Syllabus for Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric – Notre Dame – Spring 2013