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.
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.