May 7th, 2004

taken out of context

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"Bugger me, i could go for some faggots tonight."

That's what i was trying to think of when oxfordvenus and i were discussing "fagged" vs. "knackered" and cultural misunderstandings.

Val was telling us about a Japanese translator who was translating a British book into Japanese and came upon the above sentence, spoken by a man to his wife one evening. The poor translator didn’t know what to do with that passage.

Martin Amis will forever make me think of Valentine Cunningham now.

At the beginning of the “Spreading Myths About Iron John” chapter of his book Fairy Tales as Myth, Myth as Fairy Tale, Jack Zipestalks about his immediate associations with the name Iron John and says things like "There was definitely something noble and heroic about the name Iron John" (96). In a footnote:
It is interesting to compare the associations of the British reviewer, Martin Amis: “Iron John runs into trouble—into outright catastrophe—with the first word of its title. I don’t know why I find this quite so funny (what’s wrong with me?); I don’t know why I still scream with laughter every time I think abut it. Is it the spectacle of Bly’s immediate self-defeat? or is it because the title itself so firmly establishes the impossibility of taking Iron John straight? Anyway, here’s the difficulty; iron is rhyming slang for ‘male homosexual’. Just as ginger (ginger beer) means ‘queer’, so, I’m afraid, iron (iron hoof) means ‘poof’.” “Return of the Male,” London Review of Books 13 (December 5, 1991): 3.
One wonders if *anything* is safe to say if one has cockney rhyming slang as part of one’s framework.

Also, i boggled that in Women Who Run With The Wolves (Chapter 8: “Self-Preservation”), Clarissa Pinkola Estes claims Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes” as a feminist tale. Okay, so she rewrites the beginning a bit, making Karen an orphan who sewed red shoes for herself because she was poor, and she was very proud of herself and happy with her shoes. (This shifts agency in a variety of interesting ways from the Andersen version.)
There is what I believe to be the remnants of an old women's teaching tale that explicates the plight of the starved and feral woman. It is variously known by names such as "The Devil's Dancing Shoes," "The Red-Hot Shoes of the Devil," and "The Red Shoes." Hans Christian Andersen wrote his rendition of this old tale and titled it with the latter name. Like a true raconteur, he surrounded the core of the story with much of his own ethnic wit and sensitivity.

The following is a Magyar-Germanic version of "The Red Shoes" that my aunt Tereza used to tell us when we were children, one that I use her with her blessing. In her artful way, she always began the tale by saying, "Look at your shoes, and be thankful they are plain . . . for one has to live very carefully if one's shoes are too red." (231)
I don’t have Betsey’s hate on Andersen and actually think he has many wonderful powerful beautiful stories but um, Clarissa, what crack are you smoking?

The whole book obviously, is the “if we just got in touch with our inner natural wild essence that society has perverted, all would be good,” and Estes talks about “The Red Shoes” as a self-preservation tale because Karen’s “meaningful life” (i.e. the red shoes she made herself) is robbed from her by evil repressive society as represented by the Christian woman who adopts her, so Karen becomes starved and craves an unhealthy substitute in the fancy red shoes. So really the tale is about society crushing healthy independent self-sufficient spirits. I’ve gotta say, i’m impressed by Estes’ acrobatics.
tell me a story [lizzieb]

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Talked to Emma for far too long last night. (Miss you already, dearheart. Yay for Internet.) I have decided i am going to teach cultural studies.
One course on the Whedonverse. One course on fairytales. One course on Jesus movies.
Fanfiction should be its own department. Copyright law would be a requirement for the major. Courses would include:
-midrash and similar traditions in world religions
-representations of Jesus, Judas, and Mary (3 separate courses)
-the tradition of retelling/sequel/prequel in classical literature (sequels/prequels written by people other than the author of the original work)
-historical fiction
-adaptations of Greek mythology

No seriously, this is my plan right now. I would be hella excited to create syllabi for these courses, and there is always stuff to be written in this field, and i would actually be interested in writing stuff, so the whole publishing requirement for university tenure would be a non-issue. (The whole publishing thing is the stumbling block the size of Mount Everest keeping me from seriously considering teaching college.)

Also, listening to Emma talk, i can totally see myself getting sucked into X-Men fandom. Or maybe i’ll just listen to her tell me the stories :)

From Myth to Life: Images of Women from the Classical World
From the Celia and Walter Gilbert Collection
Smith College Museum of Art
March 12-October 10, 2004
Thought some of you would like to know if you didn’t already.

Speaking of, athene, do you wanna get together before i go back to Boston?

Oh, and heads up, SCMA’s gonna start charging admission in July or so. In case any of you townies wanna come visit for free before then.

hedy and lilithchilde, when do you wanna watch Mickey Mouse Monopoly? hedy, if you find your calendar by then i can swap you render (you’ll get the DVD whether or not i get the calendar, of course). lilithchilde: Godspell, Last Temptation of Christ, Judas movie, Willa? Any interest in joint viewings of any of these before i leave the Valley?

azdback, you wanted me to watch What Lies Beneath with you?

Also, i have a Cinemark gift card from Christmas, so does someone wanna go see something with me?