Mysterious Authors Wednesday, Aug 14 2013 

The majority of my research into the history of Cheshire has involved a specific book: Ellen Raynor and Emma Petitclerc’s History of the Town of Cheshire.  It’s an interesting book, available online, but to date I have been able to find next to nothing about the authors.



Parallel Lives Wednesday, Jun 30 2010 

If there is any concept that has survived the post-structuralism juggernaut within Anthropology it is bipolar opposition.  Claude Levi-Strauss, considered by many to be the primary founding figure of American Anthropology, posited that life — particularly cultural life — consists of trying to bridge the gap between dichotomies.  Good versus evil, body versus mind (or soul), earth versus heaven . . . the list goes on and on.  Similar dichotomies are found within the field itself, frequently reflected in academic jargon: objectivity versus subjectivity, macro versus micro . . . again, the list goes on and on.

Why do I mention dichotomies?  Well, for starters, they can help us explore the subtleties in everyday life.  At the Royall House, for example.  In this way anthropologists can truly become what Peter Segel of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me terms “scholars of the obvious.”


In which the good doctor shamelessly cribs from Said. Tuesday, Jun 22 2010 

Edward Said, that is.  Author of “Orientalism,” to date one of the most comprehensive and illuminating books on the notion of the “Orient,” or “East,” as a construct of the West.


In which the good doctor finds Aphra, Monday, Jun 14 2010 

and tries to annoy her beyond endurance into fitting into his project (a la singing “Henry VIII I am to Whoopi Goldberg).  So.  In our last few entries we’ve met the cast of Oroonoko and subsequently explored issues of race and gender underlying Behn’s text.  How, then, does this factor into my project?


In which the good doctor searches for Aphra (part 2). Saturday, Jun 12 2010 

So we’ve met the characters and the author, and I’ve kind of alluded to how this fits into my research.  I now attempt to back up my rampant explanation, in this second installment.


In which the good doctor searches for Aphra (part 1). Thursday, Jun 10 2010 

And still isn’t 100% sure how Aphra Behn’s first name is pronounced (short a or long a?).  Anyways, who is this lady, and why am I interested in her?  Also, what the hell does she have to do with slavery?

Oh yeah; if you haven’t read Oroonoko, spoiler alerts.  Although do they count as spoilers if the source text is over 300 years old?