About Hand Me the Platonic Monkey-Wrench

When I started this blog, I conceived it as a way to talk about literary theory and the way I thought it should be done: not as a, well, tool-kit (“let’s apply Marxist criticism to this!”), but as a set of useful glasses. Why? Because I kept finding theory being used too simply, not just by my students, but also professionally. It just wasn’t very exciting to find that yes, you could do a feminist reading of The Wire.

Turns out that’s not what this has become: rather, like most blogs I suspect, it’s become an outlet to share personal thoughts about books, thoughts that nobody else was liable to take very seriously. So beware of what you find here: it’s affirmatively un-peer-reviewed. But it’s stuff I’m interested in.


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