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A while ago, I posted some initial reactions to the film Disobedienceand I promised a Part Two. It’s on its way… But some stuff has happened in between then and now that has delayed it.

In simple terms: I got busy. What with?

  • It’s the end of the semester, and I was responsible for the editing and layout of the year-end newsletter as a WAC Fellow at Hostos Community College. The newsletter will be posted to the site shortly, and is already being printed and distributed. (Of course, as soon as I got a printed copy, I immediately found three glaring layout errors. But since this was the first time I ever really used a layout program other than Word, I’m quite proud of myself.)
  • I attended the International Congress for Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (which I intend to blog about soon, as well. But no promises!). Here’s one non-medievalist’s reactions to the Zoo!
  • I took care of paperwork for a summer job. Not glamorous or exciting, but I’m including it here because it took up quite a chunk of my time.
  • I set up a Patreon account and put together a booklet of my art-poems to begin selling my work. I’m still working on a video for that page.
  • I chatted with someone who was writing an article about Disobedience. She didn’t end up using my comments in her article, but I will be using my own comments in my review!
  • I met with someone who is creating a short film about an ultra-Orthodox woman, and I’ll be helping with the accuracy of the community’s portrayal.
  • I wrote some more of my dissertation, read some more books and articles, began mentoring an undergrad senior who’s interested in medieval childhood, and am gathering materials for some conference abstract submissions and fellowship applications for next year.

While you wait (or not) for my actual coherent review, here’s an IndieWire reaction-post about the film, in which I appear. I’m really glad they pulled a quote from me for the written portion of this piece, because that quote sums up all my complicated feelings about the film:

“What I really like about it is that it’s actually exploring two identities: It’s exploring the ex-Orthodox identity and the queer identity. What I think Rachel Weisz does so well is embody both of those identities together.”

(They call me Dani and a woman in the piece, but I guess we can’t expect them to be super-accurate when they’re just pulling people aside on their way out of the theater? Or maybe we could and should expect them to ask for name spellings and pronouns and gender identification in addition to sexual orientation in a context like this.)

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