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Racialization and Indigeneity

I’m revisiting Jodi Byrd’s book The Transit of Empire right now, as I work on revising my dissertation. There’s some disagreement between my advisor and myself about my use of her theories, in part because I didn’t incorporate her as effectively or as precisely as I like, and in part because he finds my harsh criticisms… Continue reading Racialization and Indigeneity

american literature · dissertation · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

notes on Todd Downing

I’m working on the final chapter in my dissertation. The focus is Todd Downing, an Oklahoma-born Choctaw who wrote detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His featured detective, Hugh Rennert, works for the U.S. Department of the treasury–work that often takes him into Mexico where he finds himself the witness or bystander in murder… Continue reading notes on Todd Downing

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies · pedagogy · Politics of Education · Teaching

Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

I came across this article as I was scrolling through Facebook a few days ago. Chiitaanibah Johnson, a Native American student, was expelled from class in a university for disagreeing with a professor who said that “genocide isn’t really what happened” to the indigenous population in North America. This professor also glossed over slavery and land theft… Continue reading Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

African American Studies · american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

I’ve been reading lots and lots and lots and lots of theory lately. I have my comprehensive exams for my PhD coming up. I’m doing a lot with the concept of ethnicity in my work, since I decided to craft a reading list that looks at ethnic literature around the United States. I have some… Continue reading Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse

Ethnicity Studies

Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in Charleston 

I have a lot of thoughts right now, about systemic racism, systemic violence, systemic extremism, and white privilege. They aren’t well-organized as of now, and anytime I find myself starting to engage, I stop because I don’t have the right words. Just a small observation, though: if you start a comment with “I’m not racist”… Continue reading Brief thoughts provoked by the AME racial terror shooting in Charleston 

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Politics of Education

Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

One thing to sum up my experience reading this book: exhausting. Often when I read theory I wish there were more concrete examples, so I can make sure I understand the point trying to be made. Not so with Edward Said. He’s nothing but examples. Exhaustive examples. I got his point 30 pages in. This… Continue reading Culture and Imperialism: a brief note

american literature · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Writing

Connecting the Dots: Intellectual Collage

I remember being part of a focus group my senior year as an undergraduate. It was my English Capstone course, and this sociology student came in and asked us questions about how we felt about the course. Most of us were disgruntled. The course seemed designed for students who had never held jobs and hadn’t… Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Intellectual Collage