the last visible dog (intertext) wrote,
the last visible dog

A Good Day

I think my paper went well. No one actually booed or threw things or said "well your thesis is fundamentally flawed." The audience was small but appreciative and I exchanged cards with several people afterwards and we're all thinking about writing about how fan fiction needs to be addressed from a feminist point of view as well as the intertextual stuff.

In the morning, before my panel, I went to an amazing panel led by this visionary college english teacher bringing undergraduates to critical thinking and literary analysis through Harry Potter. The three panelists were all undergraduates and they were all quite stunningly good. I was enraptured, and want to contact her after this and get ideas and lesson plans and maybe set up some kind of collaboration.

This afternoon was the Buffy round table, which was great fun. We all talked about how awesome Buffy is and why and it spoke to the whole lack of respect for SF thing. Battlestar Galactica and Buffy and others of their ilk are among the best things EVAH on TV, yet they don't get recognized or treated with respect outside of the field of "popular culture" (or LJ) and they should.

Then I went and bought four books and ordered another - one about Alias, and one about Buffy and one about The Lord of the Rings and one... believe it or not ... about Jeanette Winterson.

Then I went out for dinner with the Buffy/Vampire people and then for drinks after that, so if I'm sounding a wee bit incoherent right now you can chalk it up to all the Scotch I've been drinking (I think I'm moving away from Gin and towards Scotch... or maybe I'm just becoming really hardcore).

Tomorrow is tourist day, ending with the SF group's presentation of the Director's Cut of Bladerunner and discussion, and probably more drinking. Fun fun fun.
Tags: academe, conference, sf

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