Annotation – Adrienne Edwards, “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics”

Edwards, Adrienne. “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics.” Performa. 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. In her article “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics,” Adrienne Edwards comments on the shortcomings of most writing on Huxtable’s work. “A cursory review of her press clippings reveals an overwhelming number of references to her as […]

Annotated Bibliography #2: “Girl Power and ‘Selfie Humanitarianism'”

Koffman, Ofra, Shani Orgad, and Rosalind Gill. “Girl Power and ‘Selfie             Humanitarianism’” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 29.2             (2015): 157-68. Web. 23 Apr. 2016. In this relatively short, accessible academic article, Dr. Ofra Koffman, Prof. Shani Orgad, and Prof. Rosalind Gill examine what they perceive to be the “turn to the […]

Annotated Bibliography #2 “Our Aesthetic Categories”

  NGAI, SIANNE. “Our Aesthetic Categories”. PMLA 125.4 (2010): 948–958. Web… ‘Our Aesthetic Categories” looks at the terms “cute” “zany” and “interesting” as a collection of “consistently rotating aesthetic categories” (948) for their aesthetic potential, both as sites of commodification and as valid tools with which to asses contemporary artistic forms. It discusses their relevance in contemporary […]

Female Chauvinist Pigs

Levy, Ariel. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. New York: Free Press, 2005. Print. In Female Chauvinist Pigs Ariel Levy addresses what she sees as a crisis in contemporary feminism (or, more pointedly, in the supposedly post-feminist landscape): women want to be sexy but they aren’t actually enjoying sex. To make matters worse, women want […]

Annotated Bibliography – Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me

Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014. Print. 79-99. Solnit’s essay on Virginia Woolf “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable” from her 2014 Men Explain Things to Me argues for depth, uncertainty, good stories, and good criticism. As one of her primary interlocutors, Woolf’s persona and writing […]

Annotated Bibliography: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Butler, Judith. “Chapter 1. Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire.” Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990. 1-34. Print.       In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler critiques identity and gender by challenging assumptions about the distinction often made between sex and gender. (Sex as biological while gender as culturally constructed.) She explains that sexed […]