Category: Discourse and Identity

On Solid Ground?

I’ve mentioned that I get emails from folks; emails of the “pass this along to your friends because they need to know” variety. These are usually political or socio-economic or religious in nature, and usually tinged with a bit of rancor and/or fear. (Although, come to...

Discourse, Consistency and Identity

I haven’t offered up a good disjointed ramble in a while, so here comes one… I typically talk about Discourse and consistency in terms of building bridges between Discourses, as though building the bridges is the main goal. I’d like to open up the question of...

Discourse and (In)consistency

With due respect to my post immediately preceding this one: My seminar paper for this past semester was a brief study of a small part of James Paul Gee’s Discourse theory, applied to an online debate concerning a particular Christian doctrine. In a related sense, while...

What We Say, How We Say It

In this season (unfortunately, more like year) of political campaigning, this general subject seems timely. The other day one of my classmates brought up the realm of a writer’s voice as related to a writer’s identity. Noting right from the start that voice and identity are...

Spans, Canyons and Divides

If I had to claim at present an area of research for my degree, I’d say that ostensibly it’s about “Building bridges and spanning spaces.” Supposedly I concern myself with internarrative spaces and the breakdown of communication between discourse communities. And, of course, magical ways of...

How Many of Me Are There?

The few lines of today’s Merton Monday are deceptively simple; the ideas of “true” self and “false” self may not, in the end, cover all the bases. At the very least, I think the false self can be broken into false selves as far as I...