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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...

Monday, June 6, 2016


I was in the plane coming back and my traveling companion was reading a short story in the New Yorker that contained the word heteronormative. She asked me what it meant and could barely believe me that this word was of common usage in my academic circles, for more than twenty years at that. The story had a lot of very pretentious vocabulary.

1 comment:

clarissasblog.com said...

Whenever something like this happens, my husband says in a didactic tone, "And this is why I never considered looking for anew academic position." :-)