March 23, 2004

Lullaby of Nerdland

Filed under: Literati and Cognoscenti — tomemos @ 3:39 pm

Some of my favorite paper titles from the program for the upcoming conference of the Popular Culture Association, where I will be giving my blog paper:

“Ellipses and Elisions: Aragorn and the Ambiguity of Identity in The Two Towers

“The Game Grind: Why Are X-Rated Computer Games So Boring?”

Harry Potter and the Gothic Paradigm”

“Alice’s Deconstruction of Conventions in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop: Visions of Posthumanity”

“Disillusionment in the Forbidden Forest: Exploring the Dark Side of Harry Potter: A Roundtable Presentation”

“Hello Kitty in America”

“Animals and Animagi: Beasts and Men in the Harry Potter Series”

“‘Science is science, but a girl must get her hair done’: Representation of Women Scientists in Five American Science Fiction Films of the 1950s”

“Race Monsters and Mutilated Bodies: Investigating Ethnicity in The X-Files

“The Calculus of Media Commodities: Harry Potter and the Failure of Criticism”

“The Paladin and the Grad Student: Medieval Myth and Symbolism in Diablo II

“The Snake Problem: Adolescence, Masculinity, and Power in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Complement & Counterbalance: R2D2 as “Machine Protagonist” in Star Wars Films”

“The Color of Zion: The Growth and Popularization of the American Captivity Narrative from Frederick Douglass to The Matrix: Revolutions

“Heroism, Empowerment and Loss: Reading Harry Potter in a Post September 11th World”

“Animation as Parody in Space Ghost: Coast to Coast

“High-Brow Harry Potter: Teaching JK Rowling’s Series as College-Level Literature”

The complete program can be found here. PS–I love my job.



  1. Man. I’m attending a conference this week at my uni–can I ditch it and play at yours instead? It looks far more interesting. *writhes in envy*

    ryn: Thanks…*hugs*

    Comment by Ash — March 23, 2004 @ 3:46 pm

  2. Here are some suggestions for your paper, Tom:

    “The Blog Monster – How Today’s Blogs Resemble Creepy Beasts Emerging Slowly from Swamps (Metaphorically and Otherwise).”

    “Born out of Weblog – Why Having a Blog Makes You a Bastard Child.”

    “The Great Shot-Blogger – How Wilt Chamberlain Affected Modern-Day Weblogs.”

    “Blog Blog Blog Blog – Gee, is it Ever Fun to Say That Word.”

    If you use one you owe me royalties.

    Comment by Bret — March 24, 2004 @ 11:44 am

  3. I want your job, Tom. Or maybe just a full record of this conference. Other topic titles I love from this program:

    “WordVirus and Golem: A Treatment of Alterity in Freddy Vs. Jason”, “Ko-ko the Cat”, “Regenerations: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Doctor Who”, “Medieval Feminist Detective Dame Frevisse Medier”, “The Workout Video: The Destruction of the Mirror”, “Strong-armed Ophelia: Lessons from The Lion King and A Mid-winter’s Tale”, “Christ, Anti-Christ, or Super-Hero? Green Lantern in the Late 20th Century”, “Teaching the End of the World: Popular Eschatology for Children’s Books”, and “Borrowing Her Body, Wearing Her Ways: The Rhetoric of Faith as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “This Year’s Girl” and “Who Are You?”

    That last one just ’cause I dig Faith.

    Comment by Devin — March 25, 2004 @ 7:26 pm

  4. WAY too many grad students trying to justify weekends spent on Harry Potter rather than homework.

    Although the R2-D2 one sounds awesome, and i’ve almost written the ‘race monsters in X-Files’ one myself.

    Pity Star Trek doesn’t inspire this kind of thing anymore.


    Comment by Brian — March 27, 2004 @ 4:12 pm

  5. PS You should write a paper on the sort of papers people write, and how that reflects the intelligensia’s view of the entertainment world.


    Comment by Brian — March 27, 2004 @ 4:13 pm

  6. i like this last idea. meta-conferential. i dare you.

    Comment by alex — March 28, 2004 @ 10:46 am

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