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11 July 2007 @ 12:41 pm
Love on Campus  
"In our sex-stupefied, anti-intellectual culture, the eros of souls has become the love that dares not speak its name."

blackberetblackberet on July 11th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'd like it noted on the record of life that As You Like It is significantly superior to Volpone. XD

It also occurs to me that having failed at writing is, essentially, having failed in an important form of production or reproduction--you're supposed to bring something new into the world, but can't. So it's interesting to see it paired with not only literal impotency, but also failing marriages and adulterous relationships (which probably don't produce children in this context), as well as maleness (again, literal inability to give birth to a child). They're the same essential failure, illustrated in various ways.

It's interesting that we DO see popular representations of other kinds of educators engaging in this "eros of souls"--how many movies have you seen in which the [usually young, white, female, but that's another story] teacher braves, say, a cynical inner-city high-school and ignites a form of intellectual passion in the students there? (ex., Stand and Deliver, Freedom Writers) But it's rare that professors are the actors of this trope.

Thanks for posting this. It's a great point not often made.
Scary The Davescarythedave on July 12th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Well, I can't take all the credit for it--I got it from lj-user solri (a professor in Turkey who co-wrote a series of lessons in Lojban).

Also, how about Sean Connery as an elderly, male writer (though not professor) in Finding Forrester?

My response seems significantly less significant than yours u.u
blackberetblackberet on July 13th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
How about Sean Connery as Dr. Henry Jones in The Last Crusade? How about Sean Connery NOT as Dr. Henry Jones in Indy 4?!?!

...while we're going down the significance chain. XD