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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha
English (18c/Enlightenment); Visiting Scholar (18-19); Hack writer etc.; omnidisciplinary; Views mine.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 11m
Replying to @readingoptional
*affordances, but I forgive autocorrect this time because I don’t ordinarily like that word
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 13m
Replying to @readingoptional
Again, I’m speaking about the accordances of personal essays and the quit lit genre, not who and who isn’t representative of the field by position.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 17m
Thank you!
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 18m
Replying to @shannonbgoode @wscism
I haven’t said otherwise. My point is a personal essay shouldn’t be expected to be representative.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 19m
Replying to @shannonbgoode @wscism
This is probably true. Though I’ll note I developed my negative feelings toward the genre when I was told it was the end of the road in my NTT job at Georgetown, before I had a TT offer. I pondered writing about it. I had a platform then.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 3h
Replying to @theshapeofform
Fair point, though these days I don’t think ‘journalism’ is a very legible generic category, whereas I think the essay is unmistakable as a personal essay. How he represented himself to ‘sources’ is another matter, perhaps even what you’re referring to, & no quibble from me there
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Eric Lybeck 9h
Missed this last year: "Fixation on liberal college students persists because it involves the environs of scholarly elites, gives elders the opportunity to "sneer at a younger generation," & is politically expedient for conservatives." 👌
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 8h
Replying to @devingarofalo
Yes, let’s talk sometime (a better time). The fatigue from this kind of thing can be all-consuming sometimes, even when we know it’s coming. Take care, and feel free to vent to me if you ever need.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @wscism
(But I think your point is still a good one: that genres can do more than one thing, and maybe the best personal essays would make a structural intervention. I just don’t think they should have to.)
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @devingarofalo
(And I’m sorry you’re getting trolls and jerks. They’re not worth your time, though it’s hard to let it be. But I think you’re raising important issues in these convos and am grateful for it.)
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @devingarofalo
...that’s always been my experience too: daily comments on my clothes, patted on the head, treated like a teddy bear, ‘not authoritative’ in interviews, etc. I resent it all no matter who’s doing it and who’s being subjected to it. Happy to talk further another time btw.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @devingarofalo
...I agree that ‘unwitting’ etc is derisive and anger is justified. I don’t think the essay was waxing nostalgic about a boys club past, but that’s a larger issue. And in particular I sympathise with your comments on being judged on clothes or appearance in interviews, etc. bc...
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @devingarofalo
I’m not gonna push on this, in part because I don’t really know these people or any behind the scenes stuff in the essay, and in part because I know what it feels like to be trolled and exhausted, and I don’t want to add to this burden. I see where you’re coming from and...
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 9h
Replying to @wscism
I don’t think professional commentary should be closed off to ppl out of or on the margins of the field, but the opposite: their voices should be magnified. I just don’t think quit lit as a genre is the only way to do that, nor an especially effective way. It does something else.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha retweeted
Jacob T. Levy 23h
"I don't do cover-ups" says man who arranged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who fired the head of the FBI for investigating Flynn, who dictated a false statement about the Trump Tower meeting, who has used NDAs and threats of libel suits...
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 17h
Replying to @_neelofer
I think quit lit (would def include Salaita) can teach us quite a lot, and when it does we’re all the better. What I mean to say is it shouldn’t be expected to make universal statements. It can benefit the profession, but I don’t think it’s for the profession.
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Radley Balko May 22
In some parts of the country, this is called “lying.”
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 17h
Replying to @_neelofer
At the same time, it’s gross to make light of *even* a white dude’s crushing disappointment with this messed up scenario, which is why I think it’s unfair to expect such a person in a moment of extreme vulnerability to carry an extremely complicated burden of representation.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 18h
Replying to @_neelofer
...The moment it breaks from that..imagine how disingenuous such a narrative would be: ‘I’m crushed by this, but I have privilege, but back to being crushed by this.’ Would that the genre were more diverse, except PoC leaving the profession crushed is nothing to celebrate either.
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Aaron Hanlon, Knight of La Mancha 18h
Replying to @_neelofer
Yeah, this is partly why I really dislike quit lit and the whiteness of the genre. It’s not a genre as such that can accommodate any useful or successful telling of the stories of the marginalized because it revolves around the story of the author...
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