Links: YA Kerfuffles, Lesbian Fiction, A Genre Awakened, a Rick Santorum Hey Girl

Lots of drama in the new year from Young Adult authors taking reviewers to task for critical reviews. The Bookpushers have a roundup with all the links, including caches of deleted posts (why, why don’t people realize that publishing something on the internet is like peeing in a pool? You cannot take it back!)  here.

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YA Highway has a long post that attempts to find some middle ground for going forward here.

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Thanks to KT Grant, author of erotic lesbian romance, we have the Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event, which began this weekend:

a 14 day event highlighting the Lesbian genre from the authors who write Lesbian fiction, the publishers who publish it and the bloggers who read it and promote it. Every day leading up to January 21st, there will be at least 2 posts a day promoting the Lesbian genre and why it’s so amazing.

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Cecilia Grant’s historical romance debut, A Lady Awakened, is getting loads of buzz, in part for some genre-irregular features. Check out Liz’s post for links to some reviews and discussion. It was also reviewed by Willaful on Goodreads, as well as many other usual suspects, including Mandi of Smexy Books, romance author Moriah Jovan, Sarah the Brazen Bookworm, and others. And here’s another strongly positive review, from Animejune of Gossamer Obsessions.

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From The Chronicle Review, Queer and Then?, an article that assesses the state of the field, and looks to its future:

At its best, queer theory has always also been something else—something that will be left out of any purely intellectual history of the movement. Like “I want a dyke for president,” it has created a kind of social space. Queer people of various kinds, both inside and outside academe, continue to find their way to it, and find each other through it. In varying degrees, they share in it as a counterpublic. In this far-too-limited zone, it has been possible to keep alive a political imagination of sexuality that is otherwise closed down by the dominant direction of gay and lesbian politics, which increasingly reduces its agenda to military service and marriage, and tends to remain locked in a national and even nationalist frame, leading gay people to present themselves as worthy of dignity because they are “all-American,” and thus to forget or disavow the estrangements that they have in common with diasporic or postcolonial queers.

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Michigan State has a great Celebrity Lecture Series, with lectures by E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, and many other writers. For a list of noncelebrity lectures on topics like journalism, poetry, the state of art, and others, click here.

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Remember those Ryan Gosling Tumblrs (Hey girl…) last year? Well, our feminist friends have done one for Rick Santorum. Hilarious. (via Feministe)

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In a more serious vein, Great Christina, whose essay on the definition of sex I taught last fall to great results, has a terrific post, “Why “Yes, But” is the wrong response to misogyny.

“Yes, but… calling attention to misogyny just makes it worse. Don’t feed the trolls. You should just ignore it.”

“Yes, but… do you have to be so angry and emotional and over-sensitive about it? That doesn’t help your argument or your cause.”

“Yes, but… what about male circumcision?”

“Yes, but… Rebecca Watson or some other feminist said something mean or unfair in another conversation weeks/ months/ years ago. Why aren’t we talking about that?”

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From Inside Higher Ed, Peer Review: Kill it or reform it?

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From the Chronicle, Scholarly Reflections on blogging. I have to say, though, that the last bit reifies the distinction between blogging and scholarship in a way I find troubling:

I started blogging just last year. And I realized this: I am not a blogger. I am a scholar who blogs. Sometimes. And slowly. I like to think that I can move with the grace and speed of the hare. But I’m still guided by the mantra of the tortoise: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

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At Salon, Laura Miller says we can thank Snooki for the death of the celebrity memoir.

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Finally, as a professor of a possibly dying discipline, from The Atlantic, Don’t Let the Economy Pick Your Major For You, on a Georgetown report on majors and earnings.

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Happy day!

 

 

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