What are some of your favorite films set in the Midwest? What about the Pacific North West?
Hi I’m so sorry this is late!
Have you watched anything by Kelly Reichardt? I think all of her films (except River of Grass) are set in the midwest. I’ve actually only seen Certain Women but it was one of my favorite films last year.
Twin Peaks, of course! (technically not a movie but 100% worth watching)
Some other films I looove: Election, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fargo, The Music Man, Wild, The Wizard of Oz, Brokeback Mountain, The Goonies (!!!), Stand By Me, Captain Fantastic, Say Anything, 10 Things I Hate About You
Since Cuphead came out the old cartoon hype is up. If anyone knows me they know I looove 1930s cartoons. This is my Ringmaster character from my senior film I worked on for a year in college. I’ll link it if you want to check it out. I did most of the animation by hand. ;P
hey i just discovered feminist literary theory is a thing and i'm way too old to have just discovered that, i'm not a person who is grounded in english at all. like, i'm almost done with my gsex minor and i JUST discovered literary theory, which is so unlike reg fem theory, which has so far for been just about riot grrrl and slutwalks and blah blah blah white stuff anyway we read bell hooks, eve sedgwick, cixous, va woolf, nella larsen, winnett, kristeva....i what should i read next?
It sounds like you are doing really good so far! This is not my expertise except that I have had some training in it I guess. Feminist theory as it is a thing is not really distinct from literary theory,* or, they are embedded in each other. One important reason is that feminist literary theory is not necessarily about literary objects as much as it is about language (and other stuff I guess) and, like, I’m not really sure how to tell you to get into Lacan but you should at least familiarize yourself with Simone de Beauvoir–I really liked Butler on de Beauvoir, it takes work but it helped me a lot. You can probably also handle Foucault, at least, like, The History of Sexuality volume I which is maybe not the most valuable but it’s a good read. I dunno I actually sort of don’t think there is a structuralist or postmodern thought without feminist theory which is maybe wrong and stupid but I think it’s true. Somebody here will have something to suggest. I think my contemporaries read Deleuze out of context for no reason and are highly sloppy but maybe you wanna.
*I want to say, like, “slut walks is not feminist theory” but feminist theory is an institution and a place and that place is dumb undergrad classrooms. my WS intro to feminist theories class talked about slutwalks and also read Wittig and Kristeva so idk. It was taught by a historian!
The other important reason that I talk about and think about a lot because it aligns more with my interests is that literary studies, especially by victorianists, was one of the major places where women’s studies the Discipline was institutionalized in universities in the U.S. in ways that I think it is very important to be critical of. ON THAT NOTE, probably you should read The Madwoman in the Attic. It’s pretty much as canon as it gets and there’s a lot of value in it but it’s my opinion that it relies on and ultimately institutionalizes white feminine subjectivity and has itself supported a lot of racism in women’s studies programs. It’s sort of one of the first great works of feminist criticism by one of the first great tenured professors of english literature at one of the U.S’s powerhouses in gender studies, etc., etc. In Susan Gubar’s later notoriously racist screed “What Ails Feminist Criticism” (her answer is literally black and brown women fyi) she wrote of stages of feminist literary criticism and I think it’s useful both as an overview of some things that really were happening in feminist studies at different times and how this history has been imagined by (reactionary) theorists like Gubar. Robyn Wiegman iirc wrote a response to this piece that articulated why it sucks. Those two things are good things to read. If you are interested in feminist literary criticism’s canon you should also be looking at Elaine Showalter. This is not my field this is all I got for you.
So, like, quick aside, none of these things are perfect and many of them are actually extremely fucked up or bad but we are working on a genealogy here, right?
In the past I really liked the Routledge Queer Studies Reader. I also have the Routledge Feminist Theory Reader which I think has pretty good breadth but not enough of anything. Some of my lit theory people have recommended Terry Eagleton’s Literary Theory for an overview and it seems like if you are going in this direction you should pick that up. I have poked into it before and I like how it is set up. If you start getting into more art theory, visual theory and film theory I looove the Feminist Visual Culture Reader edited by Amelia Jones and Feminism-Art-Theory edited by Hilary Robinson. I’d recommend those for anybody getting into feminist theory or histories thereof.
Okay so here are some other things you need to read: Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider–I keep thinking of this story mostlyflowers told of a litbro being like, “you know, that one famous Audre Lorde essay?” but if I had to pick the pertinent pieces here it would be “Uses of the Erotic” then “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” and “Poetry is Not a Luxury” and “The Uses of Anger” and of course “The Master’s Tools.” It’s funny because when I read that story I really couldn’t figure out which of these would be the one that is ~~~assigned all the time! They are all Classics.
Adrienne Rich’s “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” is something you absolutely can’t not have read, minimally, but the book of essays Blood, Bread, and Poetry has a lot of things more directly about literature if you’re interested in this moment in time.
I have seen the Combahee River Collective Statement assigned in women’s studies classes, as performance/popular literature, and in lit theory classes, and it’s important but on top of that I think that Barbara Smith’s lit criticism gets ignored a lot, here is “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism” which is a good thing. Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought is a go-to text, too. She’s a sociologist. You might want This Bridge Called My Back as well–I had really good experiences with most of my WS classes but if you haven’t been exposed to these things you should start with these.
You need to read Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto! read that right now. Read it yesterday. Then you have to read Judith Butler, I think Excitable Speech and Bodies that Matter are probably something you want to look at but I love Undoing Gender. If this direction is interesting to you, take a look at Shoshana Felman, I have really loved Ann Cvetkovich and Peggy Phelan in my life. These are “””””performance theorists.””””
You gotta read at some point probably Laura Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Here is a pdf of Gloria Anzaldua’s “
To(o) Queer the Writer– Loca, escritora y chicana.” Irigaray? Probably you should familiarize yourself with Susan Sontag and definitely read “Notes on Camp.”
I can’t remember anything else I’m tired
is this about books? I don’t read books. this is not helpful but like one million professionals of this field follow my blog so they can help. I dunno I think you should read Barthes
Do you really care about the literary in feminist literary theory or is it the theory you want help with? What are you into? Sexuality, film, madness, work? What did you like or not like about what you said you read? what looks good to you anon
transitioning from traditional to digital media video idea
I know my English may sound a bit weird, because it’s not my first language, but since I got a LOT (and by this I really mean A LOT) of questions from people who want to get started with digital art, i can try recording a video with all the tips. I’ve gathered a pretty decent amount of them, but I just can’t type it all the time and faq is also not the best idea.
SO, if you would like me to film something like this, I would looove to try, because I have a huge list of really helpful things. Let me know what you think?