The Irish asylum process in the early years of the millennium. By Eithne LuibhéidAssociate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona At the turn of the millennium, how did the general public come to believe that pregnancy might provide a visible sign that a woman was an undocumented migrant? And how … More Nationalist Heterosexuality and Migrants’ (Il)Legal Status
Sometimes the act of not listening can chart new territories for Chicano borderlands music. BY DEBORAH VARGASAssociate professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside The recent unexpected passing of singer Jenni Rivera—born Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra in 1969 in Long Beach, California—once again placed the spotlight on histories and experiences of Mexican-American … More Selena, Jenni Rivera, Eva Garza—meditations on an author’s soundtrack.
BY NICHOLAS DE VILLIERSAssistant Professor of English and film at the University of North Florida It seems to me that, for a writer, the issue isn’t how to be “eternal” (mythological definition of the “great writer”) but how to be desirable after death. —Roland Barthes, The Preparation of the Novel (303) Almost every journalist I’ve … More The Amicable Return of Roland Barthes
A 2008 neighborhood sign reads “North Hampton is a Domestic Violence-Free Zone.” Carisa Showden points out that in situations of relationship violence, agency must be shared with concerned others. Image from Creative Commons. BY CARISA R. SHOWDENAssistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro In its May 2011 issue, Glamour … More "Glamour" has it wrong; to tackle relationship violence, one must take agency as a victim (and no, the two terms are not mutually exclusive).
MinnPost recently published a wonderful analysis of Queer Twin Cities, particularly an issue it takes with a scene in the much-acclaimed 2008 film Milk. When a straight Hebrew school student in Minneapolis can accidentally become a patron of a gay bookstore in the 1970s, there’s really no need for anybody to move to San Francisco.
Has the award-winning and highly Oscar-nominated The Kings Speech rekindled your appreciation for the British heritage film? You’re not alone. Here, author Dianne Sadoff looks at pop-culture spin-off books, films, and other products of Jane Austen and Brontë sisters classics and what they say about American culture.Note: If you do nothing else this weekend, please … More Zombies. Sea monsters. A Fight Club. What the Dickens would Jane Austen say?
BY JOSIAH BLACKMOREProfessor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto ——- “Even reading (António Botto’s) poems a half century after they were written, one feels the flesh burn.”—Henri Cole ——- One early summer afternoon in the early ’90s, soon after arriving at the University of Toronto, I was perusing the astounding collection of … More Rediscovering António Botto, a major voice in modern gay poetry and twentieth-century letters
Published today on The Huffington Post. Related video – Teachers to LGBT students: “It gets better.”
Stuart Biegel is a member of the faculty in the School of Law and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He has served as Director of Teacher Education, Special Counsel for the California Department of Education, and the on-site federal court monitor for the San Francisco public schools. He is the … More Perspectives on "The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools"
Today’s post is by architectural historian Paula Lupkin, who is in the American Culture Studies department at Washington University in St. Louis. Lupkin is author of Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture. ——- It isn’t often that conservative Christians and the Village People find themselves in agreement, but marketing strategies … More Same as it Ever Was: Rebranding the YMCA