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Interests Meme

This is a meme where you ask about people's Interests (from their el jay profile). Comment on this post, and I'll pick six of yours, and you explain them on a post you make. Then you post this on your journal and it becomes a never ending spiral... and good fun.

tree_and_leaf asked me about these:
battlestar galactica, bitching about harold bloom, chickadees, fantasy of manners, narrative theory, tintin.

Battlestar Galactica: I am probably not the only person around to have been a fan of the original series, but one of the few who will admit to it. I used to watch it faithfully, and have a copy of the "movie" on VHS. However, I also adore the new series, which really only shares the name. I admire the production values - everything from set design to music - and the terrific writing.

Bitching about Harold Bloom: I nicked this one from majrgenrl8, and I think we're still the only two users on LJ to have it. We should start a trend. Bloom's own theory, in Anxiety of Influence - that young authors have a kind of Oedipal relationship with their predecessors and have to "kill" them before they can do anything good themselves - comes into play with all present day English scholars, too, I should think. We all want to kill Harold Bloom :) He's one of those old school scholars who knows EVERYTHING and will talk at length about it. I run up against him because he's written some good stuff about Romanticism, which is one of my areas, and narrative theory (another). I also think he's a boring old fart about Harry Potter. Get a life, Harold.


chickadee We don't go in much for really "cute" birds here in Canada, not having many like blue-tits or your British robin, but we do have chickadees. My favourite bird. They are cheeky and friendly, and I have a gang of them in my garden, and I love them.

Fantasy of Manners: Fantasy that may rely more on interaction between characters in society rather than grand quests to save the world and may have little or no magic. A subgroup of the new vogue for fantasy set in vaguely Napoleonic worlds. Typified by Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint and its sequels, and I think sartorias's Crown Duel duology fits the criteria as well.

Narrative Theory: underpins a lot of my own scholarly "work" - not that I do much these days beyond teaching, let's say what I would do if I had to to earn a living. I'm particularly interested in intertextuality (what a surprise!) - the use of previous texts in an existing text - and am drawn to writers, like Jeanette Winterson, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley, et al, who use it in interesting ways. This has lately made me interested in fan fiction from a theoretical point of view... I also tend to respond well to non-linear narratives, and like to think about why and how they work.

Tintin: I read my first - The Crab With the Golden Claws - while staying with my boy cousins when I was nine. I think they were considered "boys" things, and nobody had thought to give them to me. I've been a fan ever since. I love the detailed drawing and the amusing social satire interwoven with "ripping yarns."


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Nov. 14th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
This is fascinating! I like the new BSG very much, though I've only seen the first two seasons because of not having cable (and being too lazy or tech-phobic to try downloading; I'm waiting for my friend heyes to buy and then lend the DVDs--how bad is that?!) I agree with you about the music--we've all commented, at my house, about how evocative it is. I agree that it only really shares a name with the old series; I only vaguely remember it, but definitely know I enjoyed it.

Chickadees are delightful. They're friendly! I love friendly animals, especially friendly birds.

Harold Bloom hovers only on the outskirts of my awareness, I'm happy to say, but he was more present when I was in academia...

I learned the term "fantasy of manners" from sartorias and yes! I've become fascinated by it as well... must read that Ellen Kushner, because I hear about it everywhere, but meanwhile I very much enjoy sartorias's stuff.

Narrative theory--I have not really read anything about it, but I love to hear people talk about it, and it's fun to think about.

Tin Tin--never read it as a kid, but have seen it since (my kids read some) and really like the art. I like that he tries for accuracy.

I'm pretty shy about doing memes, so you needn't bother picking interests of mine--or, to put it more directly... I don't really want to post about mine--but I'm very happy to share on *your* page if there are any you're particularly interested in (but they're all pretty self evident, I think. Well, most.)
Nov. 14th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
This came out waaay more self-centered than I intended! Sorry about that. Your interests are cool, and mainly I wanted to say--yes! yes! I like this too... but as I read it over, it sounds like one big blab about meeeee! Kind of inappropriate :-|
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
No worries - I took it as meant. It's cool that we respond to things in the same way :)
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Phew! thanks :-)
Nov. 14th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I love seeing posts on narrative theory. Esp with ref to fanfic, which is a very interesting and fast-changing scene these days.
Nov. 14th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
What reading (if any) would you recommend on fanfic and narrative theory? Colour me curious :)
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
So far, I haven't turned up much. I've found a couple of articles on the subject. Henry Jenkins does some interesting work on online communities, and touches on some theoretical issues, but so far what I've read has been more about the "fan" than the "fiction." I have a conference paper proposal in right now, that I'm hoping will be accepted, on issues of intertextuality in fan fiction, relating it to one of Bakhtin's theories of the chronotope.

By the way, was that a capital C comment??
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Sure :)

And thanks for the recommendations - if your conference paper is accepted (or even if it's not!) I'd be interested to read it someday.
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, how about achewood, cherish the ladies, elves in space, longpig, the neilds, perseity?
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
I never really got into Tin Tin though I was (am really) a huge Asterix fan.

Anyway, ask away.
Nov. 14th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
You have an amazing interests list! Okay, please elaborate on boethius, danielle de niese, marc bloch, peat bogs, rucking and mauling :)
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Nov. 14th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Have you read Sherwood Smith (sartorias) or Ellen Kushner? I highly recommend both of them!
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I'm only just beginning to get to grips with narrative theory, which is one of the resasons I asked about it... Fantasy of manners is not something I've come across, but it sounds like I'd enjoy it.

Harold Bloom annoys me, though I must admit I've read very little of him; but apart from his misrable attitude to Potter (and Tolkien), as a mediaevalist, I'm somewhat irritated by his renaissance superiority complex (Invention of the human, forsooth!)
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Heh - "renaissance superiority complex"! I like that :) I think he has a superiority complex, period. His heart's in the right place, but like many of his generation (and gender) he's very absolutist and rather more certain about things than I think anyone has the right to be. I also find it tiresome that he dismisses Harry Potter and other things of that ilk on the basis of the fact that there's only so much time and you shouldn't waste it reading anything but masterpieces. Humph. That's just silly.
Nov. 16th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Not me, I'm much too boring for this meme.

I might disagree slightly with the birds comment, though--what about all those adorable finches?
Nov. 17th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, you're not boring, but you don't have enough "interests"! LOL.

Yes, I like finches, too, but they're pretty, rather than really "cute" like chickadees. At least IMO.
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