Kurt Cobain @ the PCA/ACA

I am totally thrilled that the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association is hosting its convention right here in San Diego! On Thursday, I will present my current work on Kurt Cobain, which is rooted in previous research conducted in my M.A. thesis, and encompasses new examinations of masculinity and queered performance as expressions of radical feminism.

Kurt Cobain pca

Title: Kurt Cobain: Inverting American Masculinity in Grunge
Kurt Cobain is notably grunge’s most famous figurehead to both rock fans and consumers of mainstream media outlets. His name alone invokes a tempest of tragic memories, iconic performances, as well as visceral criticism and conspiracy associated with Courtney Love. Twenty-five years after Nirvana released their now multi-platinum album Nevermind, Cobain still graces covers of magazines, is heard on the airwaves, and remains the subject of popular inquiry. Unfortunately, the continued quest to sustain the masculine ephemerality of the rock icon by commercial conglomerates imprisons Cobain’s true identity as a radical feminist. Scholarship and rock journalism have done little to change the established masculinist narrative of Cobain and grunge which further entombs his feminist legacy. This multi-modal presentation strives to exhume Cobain’s identity as a radical feminist who performed powerful critiques of late 20th-century masculinity structures in the United States through grunge. Cobain’s creative use of circus culture, Camp, and gender subversion were violent and poignant expressions of radical feminism intended to devalue American masculinity. This project cross-examines the commercial masculinist memory associated with Cobain and grunge by analyzing primary source interviews of those closest to Cobain and critiquing mediated and live performances. Through the deployment of Speech-Act Theory, Feminist Musicology, and Queer Theory this project highlights the successful inversion tactics of Kurt Cobain to distort constructions of American masculinity and heterosexuality.

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Re/Inventions: Alterna[rra]tives Conference @ CSULB

Re/Inventions: Alterna[rra]tives Conference @ CSULB

A big thank you to the English Graduate Student Association at California State University Long Beach for inviting me to speak at their Alterna[rra]tives Conference last week. What a great group of young and innovative scholars!

They were kind enough to create a little Mp4 of my intro-thought I would share.

If you’d like to read my abstract on grunge feminism click here.

Digital Communication Across the Curriculum at SDSU

CTL CL Poster_finalI’m so very excited about our upcoming showcase of digital pedagogy projects that have been implemented this year-and even more honored to have a few of my students showcase their work and present with me!

Digital Tools Workshop Pedagogy Ideas

The Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU that I led yesterday spurred some great ideas from the attendees! Love meetings when the creativity is flowing! Thanks to Jessica Pressman for inviting me to present-looking forward to my next tools workshop in the new year. Notes are linked here to out Center for Teaching and Learning Blog.

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Digital Tools Workshop Pedagogy Ideas

The Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU that I led yesterday spurred some great ideas from the attendees! Love meetings when the creativity is flowing! Thanks to Jessica Pressman for inviting me to present-looking forward to my next tools workshop in the new year. Notes are linked here to out Center for Teaching and Learning Blog.

Digital Humanities Tools

This Friday I will be leading a Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU. All faculty, members of the SDSU Digital Humanities Community, and graduate students are welcome! I will be demonstrating two tools that I began using initially to help me with research for my thesis and that evolved into platforms that I have incorporated into the classroom.

The first tool that I will discuss is timerime. This is a…

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