The Return of Academic Olivia!
Academic Olivia is back! I've had a few moments in the last few weeks where I've had the stray "I miss writing essays?" thought or where I've reached for a highlighter or post-it while reading, but I didn't really feel the need to act on them until today.
I'm presenting at (my first ever) conference with a friend next month, and while we have most of what we need mapped out, I decided it was time I start doing extra readings. So I printed out Laura Mulvey's now-classic "Visual Pleasure and Narrative cinema" this morning and headed to the coffee shop for a study session. The article was only eighteen pages long and didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know, but it was still a good read. It's fascinating how things like "the male gaze" start out as groundbreaking claims when they're first conceptualized and then become part of our collective intelligence, isn't it? Who now doesn't know all about and criticize (at least in our circles) the way in which women are objectified in popular media to satisfy the male gaze? I do love reading articles that confirm things we already know though because yay citations. Plus, the article had the bonus of rewaking my anger towards 1980s psychoanalytical theory. All around win!
(If you're interested in reading the article, you can access it here.)