Thursday, January 17, 2008

Big Scary Liberal English Professor who Wears a Lot of Black

I seem to have only 28 students this semester. Almost as small a number as I had my first semester here, when nobody knew me or wanted to have anything to do with Renaissance poetry or material culture theory.

I have eight shining, eager hardworking faces in my grad seminar; fourteen men and women in section one of my lower division course, plus six gals in section two. We have a lot of fun, and I'm getting to know them much better than my other students.

I don't know why there are only six women in section two, but I'm secretly hoping it's because I scared off everyone else by using the word "feminist" in the course title.

I guess there are perks to being a Yankee professor in the South. Either that or I've just tarnished my sincerity by learning how to manipulate the system.

One of my "virtual ratings" describes me as too strict and serious and supports this with the evidence that I "wear a lot of black." I found this uproariously funny- especially because I always dreamily imagined I could hang with the cool kids in college and grad school, you know- the ones who wear all black and theory glasses and smoke and talk about Bruno Latour and are all a little bit bisexual, but I was too nerdy or guileless ever to get accepted by that gang. It's funny that I get to be one of them here in the South. And I'm starting to learn how to make it work to my advantage.

Now there's really no reason why I can't send out three new articles this semester.

3 comments:

A Wisconsin Yankee in King David's Court said...

LOL. :-) I think I've seen some members of that gang here in TA.

Erasmus said...

I tried wearing theory glasses for a semester, but the whole world started to look like an abstraction of itself.

Thanks for the link!

muse said...

Hmm- do funky red plastic frames count as theory glasses? I may be going that route. I need an academic accessory. And a haircut.