This is my second attempt at creating this post.
My first attempt, after five cleverly worded, successful paragraphs, seems not to have appeared.
And now here I am, trying to remember and capture all the ideas I so poignantly typed just a few minutes ago.
At the tender age of 18, having finished high school with an amazing g.p.a., I decided to do what many young adults do: attend a mid-sized, in-state, university, sacrificing quality for closeness to home and (lack of) expense. I chose to major in sociology and English, with an emphasis on literature, realizing the very low probability of ever amassing a grand fortune.
Here I am, four years later, at the slightly less tender age of 22. I have found that sociology and literary criticism and theory have become such great passions in my life, that I cannot escape them. Instead of having an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, I have a sociologist on one shoulder telling me to look at the trends and general patterns; on the other, is the literary theorist who argues that instead I should deconstruct and look at the exceptions.
I consider it a gift and a burden.
These passions have gotten me through the tedious nature of the university system, which I might add, is not entirely different from the high school system. I find myself most interested in gender theory and gender studies. But in this day and age, looking through only one lens does not cut it anymore. So if and when I write more, I will try to remember to look at the top of multiple lenses, especially including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity and class.
I’m not as comfortable with using queer theory or able-bodyism, but I figure this is as good of a place as any to start to practice.
Furthermore, right now, I’m most interested in asking questions about agency, autonomy, the Body, and hybridity. So any (hopeful) followers I have will see a bit of me poking around in that area.
Well, this second draft, so to speak, may not be as cohesive as the first, but at least it will stick (again, hopeful). I feel like I should end this with some grand remark… Here goes: I look forward to this new exciting adventure of blogging and welcome the exchange of knowledge that may be the product of said adventure.