June 2021

The Melloniad 2021

The Mellon School! But how? No Farkas Hall,
no luxury dorms, in fact no space at all.
Performatizing in our virtual room,
our virtual field was brought to us by Zoom
as Noe sent us critically back to college
while Elizabeth hosted De/Colonial knowledge.

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The bodies of birds

I’m getting a sense of myself in a performative role as I move from the morning into the Mellon School. I have been searching around for copies of The Chester Cycle a group of medieval mysteries from the early part of the 14th century that is supposed to present an more streamlined approach to the program of Christian Salvation than my beloved York Cycle. As of yet, I am confounded by paywalls and unavailability. The thing itself seems buried under writings about the plays: objects I ignore on principle until I’ve spent time breathing the air of the Middle English for myself. I...

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Left on ‘read’

When I googled ‘reading attention span’, the internet reassured me that I must be seeking diagnosis for my own personal crisis—which surely must be a shortened attention span—but also that this crisis by no means singular. The top results were predictable but haunting: “How can I improve my attention span while reading?”, “Before the internet broke my attention span, I read books” and most menacingly, “short attention span: signs, causes and ways to pay”, which pathologized what I thought was a mere feature of late-stage capitalism: our bodies rewiring to gobble atomised instances of...

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Assessing the State of the Field: The Wonderful World of DH

The 2021 Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research is officially underway! I write this as we conclude the first of three weeks of enlightening and thought-provoking lectures, seminars, and workshops. During our welcome session, Martin Puchner offered the School’s participants and faculty an overview of this year’s theme: The State of the Field. A beautiful thing about the Mellon School is that we participants come from across myriad fields of study—theater history, dance studies, communication, and literary studies, just to name a few—and therefore bring these different...

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