Long form writing

While I am not a big fan of categorizing everything, this page consists of writing that was produced either during the time I was working towards an MA or simply writing with a comparative literature/theoretical audience in mind.

Writing with a theoretical frame and format

Identities Ground to and Built with Sand: (Be)coming-of-Age

Discourse on the Capacious Forms of Thinking about Queer and Race Theory in Creation To those who fight for the continued prominence of the humanities and any creative endeavor as more analytical and capital realms are structurally implemented as superior. To those who are still waiting for their story to be told, or for the…

Identities of Sand Ch. 1

Ch. 1 Temporality, Story and L’enfant de sable: Voices and Spaces of Becoming C’était sur une grande route, je marchais là depuis des joursVoire des semaines ou des mois, je marchais là depuis toujoursUne route pleine de virages, des trajectoires qui dévientUn chemin un peu bizarre, un peu tordu, comme la vieIt was a long…

Identities of Sand Ch. 2

On the Discourse of Sand, Identity and Language – to Re-tell a Story that Pieces Together the Earth and the Language which Describes it If my reputation would miss meWhat they see from meWould trickle down generations in timeWhat they hear from meWould make ’em highlight my simplest lines“FEAR.”, DAMN., Kendrick Lamar[1]            In a documentary…

Identities of Sand Ch. 3

Motions of Journaling Generations: Immigration to Kiffed Orientations « Un auteur de textes, après un point je tourne la pagePour apprécier demain et mettre les habitudes en cage »An author of texts, after a point I turn the pageTo appreciate tomorrow and place habits in a cage- « Je connaissais pas Paris le matin » – Grand Corps Malade[1]…

Identities Conclusion — How can I conclude?

Conclusion Towards Understanding: One Cannot Rightly Conclude It was always me versus the worldUntil I found it’s me versus me- “DUCKWORTH.”, DAMN., Kendrick Lamar            The movement of theoretical conceptions and formations of race, queerness, language and representation resists stability especially as they vary from city to desert to coastal alignments. To exclaim that you are…

Of the Misdeeds of Minimalism

          In a 2015 documentary by Matt D’Avella titled Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, Joshua Fields Millburn reports that when he started letting go he felt “freer, happier, lighter…”. As the stars of the film, he and his best friend Ryan Nicodemus spread a message of emancipation, of moving towards a minimal life, while…

De Jouer Une Mosaïque de Je

French is my second language, so keep that in mind. Although I’ve written plenty theory papers and course papers in French I still regress to some of the simplest grammar and structural mistakes in my writing despite my trying           Le « je » fracturais, noyé, exporté, déplacé, disparu devient un jeu de théâtralité pendant la pièce de…

Rendering and Privacy: A Re-presentation

Experiences that signify who we are, can transcend both our realms of privacy and publicity. The decision to pass through the boundary of a private matter to make it public is personal and something we cannot decide for others. In “A Private Experience,” the short story written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the main character Chika,…

Travel Intrusions and Assertions of Language Limitation

Examining Centuries of Procedure in Travel Narratives “…the very words that signify lying treachery, dissimulation, avarice, envy, belitting, pardon—unheard of.”Montaigne, Des Cannibales           “And you there support the Bay City Rollers, not the IRA, isn’t that right?” asserted a soldier to my mother in the early 1970’s as she sat still in her bed. At just…

Abjection or Exploration: Kristeva’s Moving Shadows Under A Light

Une langue se boit et se parle, et un jour elle vous possède Kamel Daoud, Meursault contre-enquête               In a critique of Julia Kristeva’s work in a novel titled About Chinese Women, Gayatri Spivak declared that Kristeva’s own Bulgarian pre-history was “not even a shadow under the harsh light of the Parisian voice” (Spivak 164,…

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