Tuesday, August 16, 2011


First off, I'd like to thank Zach for his summer post, sharing his awesome music and saying some truths about the way the class was supposed to function--as a dialogue between students on a certain subject, in our case, media representations of violence, that fosters more than just writing good thesis sentences, that can foster relationships built around ideas and art. I also miss our class and the writings it produced, especially an excellent piece of fanfic and some killer final essays...

The semester starts anew next week, and this blog will once again be in service, perhaps as a foil to the testosterone-heavy Violence course last Spring. The course is called One Girl in All the World: Superheroines and Gendered Violence, and in addition to "gossiping" about Buffy, we will be reading lots of comics featuring women kicking ass. The students of ENGL1105.106 will be using this blog for weekly postings and extra-curricular dialogue.

I welcome the participants of this blog from the spring semester to join the discussions for this coming semester as much as you like. There's a chance another class will join in as well, which could be a really good chance to share ideas, critique each other, and really get the Cornell knowledge machine started on the subjects of pop culture, violence, and gender.

1 comment:

  1. After reading the blog guidelines, I thought it would be a good idea to make my first blog about something general. So, I went to youtube and searched "super heroine comics.” I found it very interesting that most of the results that popped up referred to "sexy" or "hot" super heroines, even though I did not search with those words. I watched the video titled "Marvel and DC Comics Superhero Girls by DSNG Artist," and found the images truly offensive and crude (here's the website; proceed with caution!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBnRaQ1m_E) After this video, I watched a clip about the first team of super heroines: Femforce. It gave a brief description of each member of the team. I found it interesting to see how these characters were described: Ms. Victory is a "tall blonde" who took vitamins which transformed her "into a beautiful juggernaut..a powerful force for freedom," She-Cat is "feisty, spirited [and] sexy," and Nightveil is a "dark, brooding beauty.” All of these bios reinforce our class’s opinion that superheroes/super heroines must have physical beauty. Did anyone else search super heroines on youtube and find something interesting?


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