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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...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I have a friend in cultural geography. Whenever he talks about some project in his field, whether his or a colleague's or grad student's, he almost always uses the preposition "of." "The Geography of _____ " There is nothing wrong with that, but it is the equivalent of the anxiety in Cultural studies. Each field has its givens that are hard to see from inside. I don't even know what mine are though I have been trying to figure it out in the past few months.

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