This week’s culture round up

From The Guardian, literature’s greatest unseen characters. I think my favourite unseen character is probably Rebecca in Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name.

  • From Lambda Literary, a review of a new poetry collection from eviscerating performance poet, Daphne Gottlieb, 15 Ways to Stay Alive.  I loved the previous collections Why Things Burn and Final Girl so I’m looking forward to this one.
  • From Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, a review of Andrea Arnold’s new adaptation of Wuthering Heights , a stripped back, radical adaptation of the text which focuses on the otherness of Heathcliff and Cathy. I don’t really think Wuthering Heights is filmable (perhaps Ingmar Bergman might have managed it), but this sounds very interesting.
  • From Bitch Media, a post about Gloria Anzaldua  and from Elisa Rolle a post about Audre Lorde
  • Here’s a good one for the lovers of gender theory, the oneline journal Assuming Gender has A Special Issue on bodies. The articles and reviews are free to download as PDFs.
  • Also for the gender theory geeks, Beyonce songs reimagined as undergraduate gender studies essays
  • One for the cultural critics, A Blog of Various Philosophical Reflections & Speculations, offers a Lacanian perspective on consumerism, I am not deceived
  • From (via Bad Reputation), 5 old-timey prejudices that still show up in every movie. Sad but true.
  • From The Mary Sue, The Future: An Infographic. I love this one – the future as imagined by science fiction films.  It’s interesting to see how many of the envisioned futures are dystopias.  We’re not very optimistic are we?
  • And, that reminds me, from Zoe Trope we have a follow-up post on the ‘Mary Sue’ which continues her thoughts on the way this term is used against female genre writers, What would Mary Sue do?
  • From Den of Geek, a look back at one of my favourite Firefly episodes, Out of Gas. I suspect the structure for this episode may have been borrowed from an episode of The West Wing that I saw recently, but one thing I’ll say for Joss Whedon is he does know how to use his sticky fingers to good effect.
  • From Bitchflicks, a round-up of all the horror movie posts they published over Halloween.  I haven’t got round to reading these yet, so I was quite pleased to see them all gathered in the same place.

2 thoughts on “This week’s culture round up

  1. Re: the Cracked list – I used to make fun of Michelle Rodriguez for her “typecasting” and ridiculous acting, but the quote from her in that article made me respect her about 500 times more. Rock on, Rodriguez! She seems like she would be cool to be friends with.

    I would also suggest a corollary/fusion of #5 & #2 on the list, in that there can only be romance between a black man and white woman if the black man is Will Smith. (e.g. his character + Charlize Theron’s in Hancock, off the top of my head)

    Anyway, as angry as #3 always makes me (outrageously graphic violence is a-okay, but graphic sex? especially sex that makes women happy? GOD FORBID), #1 left me even more dispirited – seeing the systematic silencing of so many stories and people laid out like that, and knowing that it’s not changing anytime soon…

    The Beyonce theses made me grin, though! Especially since I’d love to read all of those. Must send that link to all my friends from undergrad… 😛

    • The bit about Rodriguez is interesting – tough, interesting women die so that more delicate women can survive – I’ll have to look out for that one. These prejudices are just so deeply embedded.

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