Hello folks. #introductions
I guess I'm also coming over from Tumblr. Been thinking about switching over to Mastodon for a long time but never got around to it.
I'm a literature grad student in Quebec, Canada. I'm currently writing a thesis on medieval French romances, specifically the continuations of Chrétien de Troyes' Conte du Graal. French is my first language.
My thesis advisor prompted me to change my thesis subject a little bit to focus on comparing medieval manuscripts. This would be ultra fun to do but very time-consuming, and it makes sense to do it because of the angle I’m taking for my thesis, being mainly interested in questions around the enunciative instance in the texts I’m studying. I’m just not sure I’m up to the task. 😬 #literature #middleages #philology
Jeez, Facebook congratulating me for being on their website for 10 years seems as void as people clapping for the first buyers on Black Friday. The act of being on the Internet or buying things is NOT an achievement, fuck. This leaves a very disgusting taste in my mouth and I can’t pinpoint exactly why. Anybody got a clue?
Podcast Darknet Diaries
I just listened to the episode on Crypto Wars and today during my first class of French lit of the 17th century, we talked about how it was always a question during the Ancien Regime about whether it was better to give free access to knowledge and teach everyone or to keep the knowledge in the well-intentioned hands of the philosopher. Nowadays, this question is still asked, but with the added complexity of capitalism and commercial interests.
Today I learned the name of the Barnum/Forer Effect:
"...a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people."
My parents gave me a rice cooker, a food processor, a clothing iron and some good sheets, my aunt gave us this amazing chess-themed quilt she made for us, my grandma gave us an essential oil diffuser, and now I had to figure out a way to bring back everything to Montreal... In the end the most sensible solution ended up being my mum paying me a train fare (b/c it was pretty expensive) because my friend doesn’t have enough space in her car. 😰
From a performance theorist and historian and his medievalist fiancé, to all the scientists, artists, humanities-ians, regardless of if they're postgrads, grads, undergrads, underundergrads, hobbyists, amateurs... to everyone in the pursuit of knowledge: Merry Christmas, and a happy and enriching New Year!
Book reading challenge 2K18
I’m very obviously not reaching my goal for this year, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. For one, a lot of the books I read this year were very fat, some 1000+ pages long, and I read a LOT of research articles, especially for my last assignment on Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais. I’m at 28/52 books. Maybe next year I will reach it though, especially since I’ll be doing readings to prepare my master’s thesis next summer.
@vis_viva portal1 & 2 are on sale now!! Please do urselves a favor and play these games, theyre amazing
[id: Screenshot of steam online store. The portal and portal 2 bundle is 85% off for a total of $2.98]
Top 10 writers
– Hans Robert Jauss
– Umberto Eco
– Gerard Genette
– Wayne Booth
– Mikhaïl Bakhtine
I have largely moved on from these but all the theories I refer to nowadays end up being somewhat related to these authors’ works.
– François Rabelais
– Chrétien de Troyes
– Hubert Aquin
– Charles Baudelaire
– Raymond Queneau
I’m really all over the place but I think the common thread between these is probably narrative and language seen as a game and a construction.
Yesterday I went to a Christmas party with friends and in the middle of a game I started feeling super tired and nauseated so I went to lay down. I came back to the table for a bit when I was feeling less nauseous, but at some point I was just feeling SO TIRED. I laid down on the couch for a good 2 hours I think and I think I may have even slept. My body just decided: “YOU. SLEEP. N O W.” ugh. This finals season really hit me hard.
This Friday, my fellow colleagues and I held our final seminar session to present each other our final papers in an oral presentation and it was SO interesting. The seminar was on serial publication and the subjects ranged from Rabelais (mine) to a local popular reality TV show. Nearly 500 years apart! That’s probably the part I like the most about grad school so far.
Trying to help but actually getting helped instead
One of my colleagues was super demotivated because she is very late with her work on our 15-page assignment and we are supposed to hand it out and give an oral presentation of it tomorrow. I told her I know she’ll get this because all of her presentations so far were really good, but she told me that it was easy for me to say that she’d be okay because I’m so on top of my things and I’m really good at what I do. Oops.
I made some cookies! 👀 It’s actually only the second time in my life that I bake cookies. Those were too sweet, but very good. I will probably try another recipe next time.
[Image description: a baking tray covered with parchment paper and displaying several rows of freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies.]
Google in China
Jfc this is much worse than I thought. Not only would Google be explicitly complicit of censorship, but they would also be directly complicit of free speech infringement by leading Chinese government directly to people who might talk against the regime. If that’s not totalitarianism, I don’t know what it is.
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