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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Owning It

You don't want to be alienated from your scholarly project. You want to be fully identified with it. It is you. You want to own your scholarly field--not in an exclusionary sense, since someone else can also own that same field--but in the sense that you are responsible for everything in it.

Think of something you know very, very well. Now think of something you have a superficial knowledge of. Do you see the difference?

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