Dissertation Days (14): Sometimes I Love What I Do

Today was one of those glorious day when the pieces at last started to fit together. It was a truly productive day, and I managed to finish the section of the chapter devoted to Samson and Delilah.  I finally found a coherent way of talking about the ways in which the terror and chaos of history is expressed … Continue reading Dissertation Days (14): Sometimes I Love What I Do

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Dissertation Days (4): Historicize, Contextualize, Theorize

So, for every chapter of my Diss so far, I've followed this basic model: Intro--->Historical Context--->Theory--->Close Reading--->Conclusion. I'm always pretty good at the close readings, but the other two...well, they sometimes get a bit unwieldy and lose contact with what's coming after. That was definitely the case with my first chapter, and it was the … Continue reading Dissertation Days (4): Historicize, Contextualize, Theorize

Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952)

Today on Screening Classic Hollywood, I'm going to be talking about Cecil B. DeMille's film The Greatest Show on Earth.  While this tagline could have easily been used for any of his spectacular showpieces (either Samson and Delilah or The Ten Commandments would also come in for consideration as the "Greatest Show on Earth"), this … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952)