So, Sam and I spoke a bit today about some of the books we might like to read... Here's what we came up with.
- Kamala Visweswaran's Fictions of Feminist Ethnography. We read this for methods, but that was two years ago, and we thought it might be cool to revisit. It's Feminism/Postmodern/Subaltern Studies goodness.
- Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities. As I understand it, this book discusses the relationship between media and the creation of the "Nation."
- Dirks, Eley and Ortner's (editors) Culture/Power/History. This is a general theory reader. It's got some wide selections, so we were thinking just reading the
Intro (which is fantastic) and maybe one or two other chapters. I can scan this and send people PDFs.
- Judith Halberstam's "Oh Behave! Austin Powers and the Drag Kings." This is an article. I have the PDF handy. It's hilarious. It talks about how humor is used to contest "heteronormative masculinity" in Austin Powers and The Full Monty. It might be fun, I don't know.
- Carlo Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worms: the Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller. I heard about this my freshman year and I've been wanting to read it. It challenges the notion of a homogeneous 16th c. Christian culture. It discusses (from what I understand is an interesting theoretical bent) the Inquisition confessions of a miller, and the world view expressed therein. Basically the miller believed the universe to be a mass of rotting cheese and God a worm in the cheese...
I'll look in to using the polling thing blogger has going for us to vote on books... alternative means of selection are welcome. But I figure we'll wait until tomorrow in case there are last minute suggestions!