|Monday, November 23, 2009|
|Panel 1: Barbara is at her Ph.D. thesis defence. The members of her committee are ranged before her, off panel.|
Panelist 1: You need more postcolonial theory in Chapter Two.
Panelist 1: Are you serious? Milton's Satan clearly represents the "Other."
Barbara: I was trying to avoid jargon.
Panelist 1: Jargon?
Barbara: You know...the type that makes your three books and seventeen articles completely incomprehensible.
Panelist 1: What--
Panelist 2: Uh, next question?
Alt-Text: My external kept asking why I hadn't used this theorist or that theorist in my thesis. I was more polite than Barbara, but damn, it was frustrating. MAYBE I DON'T LIKE BLOODY POSTCOLONIAL THEORY, OKAY? Geez.