Free Response Friday
With my final papers turned in--a paper about deconstructing the autistic body and its political implications for autistic self-hood, and an oppositional reading of the film Adam--I can relax until the new semester begins. And while I am always interested in representations of autism and the future of autistic self-advocacy, it's nice to be able to think about other subjects again.
I'm currently on Kaua'i for a family vacation, and have set my intellectual sights on the device of demonic possession in horror films. Why is it always women who become possessed? Examining films like The Exorcist, Paranormal Activity, The Evil Dead, and intrigued by the upcoming (and albeit terrible-looking) The Devil Inside, demonic possession seems to be a representation of raw, violent female rage. Is it possible that the only way to conceive of women expressing the full human capacity for rage, malice, and violence is by thinking of them as having been possessed by a male consciousness?
I guess that sounds like a heavy topic, but I'm a horror fan and to me it's just fun to analyze. I'm sure someone has written on the subject already.
What are you doing for winter break or the holidays? Do you have any cherished traditions? What is your favorite part of the season? Do you have any personal projects you're working on? Anything you're thinking or reading about?