Essays & Polemics


(1) Triangulating Comparative Class Conflict in Modernist Drama: First paper that I wrote for my first, real, English class at university, this paper examines class conflict in Edward Albee’s Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. Though I no longer stand by my interpretation of the passage I quote from Marx, I still feel a bit nostalgic for this piece merely an indicator of how far I have come since its writing.

(2) Haruki Murakami’s Postmodern Existentialism: Term paper for ENG181, this paper holds up surprisingly well, though it is a bit too tight for my preference. Aspects of the argument simply needed more space, but as a paper for a 100-level English course, I enjoy what I did with postmodern and existential philosophy. A fairly basic essay, though nothing special happens, it taught me a lot about the philosophical application in an academic format.

(3) Filmic Approaches to Latin American Realities: I originally wrote this paper for my First-year seminar (Latin American Film). It discusses the different perspectives of political life and intervention in films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Nine Queens, and The Official Story. Another paper for a 100-level class, the analysis is something that I no longer stand-by but is at least fun to look back on and muse.

(4) The Deep Seeded Trauma of ‘After Lucia’: Another paper for my First Year seminar– Latin American Film– this essay explores some of the traumatic issues of youth and sexual abuse within upper-middle-class families.

(5) Ender and Ernesto: A Comparative Approach: One of the final papers for my first-year seminar, this short piece explores the relationship between two coming-of-age films; one, the Motorcycle Diaries and two, Ender’s Game.Taking into account the historical backdrop and political underpinnings of each film, this comparative approach carefully scrutinizes the cultural and economic difference present even within cinematic cultures of the global North and South.

(6) Cultural Imperialism and Native Identity: The Contact Zone Dynamics of Zitkala-Sa: An essay exploring the autobiographical narrative of Zitkala-Sa set against the idea of a ‘contact zone,’ a place two cultures collide and interact in unexpected ways. I wrote this paper for a 200-level English course at my university (American Literature). I do not have much to say on it other than that the theory utilized made me think of cultural imperialism and exchange in some new ways.

(7) Defamiliarization and James Take’s A More Prosperous Nation: Paper I wrote for my ENG300 ‘Critical Theory’ course, it is a simple explanation of what defamiliarization is coupled with a short extrapolation of what it means for literature as applied to a selection from Take’s text. Overall, I like this paper but there is nothing original or particularly engaging about it.

(8) The “Object Petite a” in Ender’s Game: A Psychoanalytic Deconstruction: This is the second paper I wrote for ENG300 and features a Queer-psychoanalytic approach to Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. As an analysis, it does its job well and argues for a Queer relationship between Ender and Bean via the Battle School acting as a screen for the projection of homoerotic desire.

(9) A Mythological Impasse: A Deconstructive Reading of Hyperreality’s Semiotic Spectacle: A brief paper I wrote for ART277 (“Film: A Cultural Affair”) where I examine aspects of Blindness and Natural Born Killers for their semiotic and general philosophic content, and how the spectacle of contemporary society has overwhelmed humanity’s natural inclinations toward communal behavior.

(10) Something was Lost: The Sign System in Late Capitalist Media: this essay was the term paper that I handed in for my ART277 course and so builds on what I wrote for the previous paper. Since it is really simply an expansion of what I wrote in “A Mythological Impasse” I feel no reason to get into the depth of this other than to say that a wider array of little-known films and pieces are examined in relation to how their sign systems have become deformed due to late capitalism’s continued decay.

(11) Bodily Subtraction of the Object: The Rhyming of Wilfred Owen’s Poetical Being: a paper written for ENG449 ‘Early 20th Century British Fiction,” this essay explores the work of famed poet Wilfred Owen in relation to French philosopher Alain Badiou’s theory of love and subtraction.

(12) On those “Chronicles in Stone”: Affective Materiality in Jude the Obscure: this paper dates back to my 300-level Victorian Literature course, a class I took a couple years ago (as of Jan. of 2018). The paper deals with “Affect Theory” and how the emotional resonances of history can be seen ’embedded’ within the material world of Hardy’s novel. Theoretically, it is a complex paper. I should add, however, that the version I have published on this blog is a heavily revised version of the paper I had originally submitted. I won’t bother to try and explain each change; rather, I will say that this paper has gone through many iterations, not the least because of which I had thought that I would publish it in an Undergraduate journal. Alas, my plans for that fell through when I directed my efforts to study medievalism. Now, this blog is this paper’s final home. Enjoy!

(13) Virginia Woolf’s ‘Body without Organs:’ Capital’s Technological Reproduction of the Rhizome: the term paper I submitted to my first 400-level English class, this paper was one of the few papers that I truly felt impassioned while writing. I use highly esoteric literary criticism to explore Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse. Closely emulating a Deleuzian jargon, the paper is dense with philosophy and takes a certain mind to read without throwing it away in a disgusted exhaust, but I still enjoy leafing through the paragraphs if only for sentimental reasons.


Polemics & Non-Academic Papers

On Gaming: A Revolutionary Perspective on Video Games: A piece dating from before I even entered university, this is one of my first protracted attempted to deal with textual criticism in a meaningful way. My intent in this overly long paper is to talk of video games and the industry as a whole in a way that encourages left-wing persons to think of critical and unique ways that video games could be used for political education.