And introducing… Theoryhead

I love my blog. I really do—though I’ll admit it feels a little uncool (or worse, self-aggrandizing [why is that worse? so so gendered!]) to say so. I was just reading an article (Lives of Infamous Men, by Foucault) that discusses the transformation in how people experienced daily life after the rise of the Catholic church—as the ephemera of daily life was translated into language for recounting in the confessional, people thought about their lives in a different way.  And that’s what my blog does for me. As I translate experience into language, meaning is created.

However, as much as I love it, it doesn’t really  seem like the forum for writing about academics. And so, while I’ll continue to muse about life, fabulous books, and favorite things here, I’ve started a Tumblr where I’ll be summarizing books and articles (like the Foucault above) of theoretical writing. And I’m loving it. I think it’s going to be a wonderful academic resource—for me, if no one else—but if you’re interested in abstracts of theories, cartoons about literature, and random musings on academia, click on over to Theoryhead.

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About the title: Halfway through the third year of my undergraduate, my academic advisor called me “a bit of a theoryhead.” I took it as the compliment it was meant to be, and since have frequently used it as a spur to keep myself focused. I love literary theory—though frankly, the description “literary” seems a bit reductive: theory isn’t just about literature, it’s about how you see and understand the world. And who doesn’t need to see the world a bit more clearly?

Also, to all of my Theoryhead friends–if you’d like to contribute, drop me a line.

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One thought on “And introducing… Theoryhead

  1. So, I popped over to Theoryhead. Don’t like it. I’m an old man. I love stories, essays, blogs, all those old ways of structuring thought. When folks start trying to break down those structures, I love it love it love it…I completely understand…and yet I also hate it. Reality is too multidimensional to be contained within the human mind or the human experience (given)…which is I suppose what post-structuralism is trying to explicate for us, But, then again, some sort of structure is necessary to the human organism. That’s why we created it in the first place…yes? No, we’re not reflecting reality when we glom onto organizational principles. But yes, when we do so, we are reflecting the needs of our tiny little pea-brains. We’re primates, yeah? We’re looking for organizational principles even as we despise them. We can get past the notions of reality that we’ve created, but only in tiny (and ultimately meaningless) ways. We’re little minuscule creatures…amoebas on a slide…who dream of larger realities, where me might peer though a microscope at ourselves. But we’re not there yet.

    All of which is a plea to please please please continue with the blog, even if blogs are passe. Show up here, where we need you.

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