Probably primarily a procrastination technique, knowing me, this blog is a space to keep track of my ideas, and more importantly, to keep me writing them down so that other people (maybe? hopefully!) can read, critique, contribute while I attempt to complete my Ph.D which is in cultural dangeral studies. My twenty-five-words-or-less description of my project is that it’s on suffering and techniques of bodily alteration. The longer version is much longer, so I won’t bore you with it all at once. This blog is also, hopefully, a space to think about those things not primarily related to my work—all that parenthetical stuff I never quite give myself space to consider. And with any luck, the stuff that I never quite manage to consider.

The title for this blog arises both out of my almost obsessive desire to find what has been bracketed out, and from an idiosyncracy of my writing style that I wasn’t really aware of until now (one which I can’t decide whether I ought to attempt to overcome or not.) Parentheses always seem to end up doing an awful lot of argumentative work!

More when I’m feeling a wee bit more interesting!


9 Responses to “About this blog”

  1. Foucault Is Dead Says:

    I once had the most wonderful lecturer who would, if he came across a “…” in a passage being cited, would look up from the book and say: “and, of course, nothing important is ever left out when you do that.” Although is “…” technically a parenthesis? I’m not sure.

    Anyway, I look forward to following the blog and wish you good luck with your PhD.

  2. wildlyparenthetical Says:

    Oooh, my very first comment!

    That’s such a great story. And because I find etymology fun, I’ve discovered that parenthesis only came to mean the brackets “()” in 1715 and comes from the Greek for “put in beside.”

    Actually, it reminds me of an essay I was marking once. The student was quoting an author, and I was a bit confused because I was almost positive that the author they were citing took the opposite position to what was being suggested. So I looked up the quote they were using, and sure enough, the ellipsis took out the word ‘not’ in the middle of the sentnce. Sometimes students astonish me.

    Thanks for your kind words, Foucault Is Dead. I have to confess that I’ve been intrigued by your proposed PhD topic… but coming from the Irigaray side rather than the Baudrillard, I’ve been waiting for something about that before wading into commenting… Thanks for visiting!

  3. reya Says:

    Hi just chanced on your blog while googling ‘cosmetic surgery’.
    What luck to chance on your blog as I too am currently doing my phd on cosmetic surgery.
    Was wondering if you would want to chat/discuss via email.
    please let me know

  4. rob Says:

    Hi Wildly Paranthetical

    Just wanted to say “hi” and and make a more… not formal, but more something (explicit?) introduction, just to show my appreciation for your remarks over at rough theory.

    I notice that you’re up to your neck in Derrida, Levinas and phenomenology, which makes me want to ask whether you’ve come across John D. Caputo’s Against Ethics (which I just mentioned at rough theory, but want to mention it again, since possible the only mission I’ve ever set myself in life is to praise that book to as many people as I can)?

    Anyway, will no doubt see you round the traps.


  5. Lisa Harney Says:

    Hey, WildlyParenthetical. I don’t know how coherent I can be on the topic at hand, but go ahead and e-mail me and I’m sure something can come of it.

  6. Just dropping a note to say I need to go over this, as I did my major in cultural studies as an undergrad. Looks pretty damn interesting.

  7. blue milk Says:

    I do love this description.

  8. I am reading your entries after discovering them listed on the piece on Jean Luc Nancy’s response to SUNY Albany’s consideration of eliminating French or Philosophy. An associate, Linda Singer (wonderful woman and philosophy professor at Miami University)wrote a posthumously published work called “Erotic Welfare” and I thought it might provide interesting and useful information for your mission. She died from bone cancer in her early forties.


    1. Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by! I’m actually not sure which piece on the Nancy response to SUNY Albany’s strange cutting process you’re referring to – feel free to let me know, since I’ve enjoyed re-reading some of those pieces! And thanks for the ‘Erotic Welfare’ tip. I’ll have to chase it up!

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