Category Archives: History and Culture

Formerly known as Cultural Periods and Styles

Ellen and Mike and Empire (225/303/310/485)

Imperialism is hegemonic in the sense that the citizens of Empire are often shocked or angered by the assertion that they do, in fact, live in one– usually before they bother to define that term.

In honor of Fleet Week– which is clearly a symbol of American Empire– here are two speeches that have been supplemented with images.

First, a by-now viral video of Ellen.

I’d never heard of this next one until yesterday. I don’t know who originally made it.

Consider our discussions about hegemony and interpretation. What codes and values are invoked by these clips? How does form shape or undermine content? Do you live in an Empire? What evidence and arguments support your claim?

Colonel Chabert (303)

Here’s a trailer for a film adaptation of Balzac’s novella Colonel Chabert that came out in 1994. It’s a remarkable movie, though I’ve only been able to screen a damaged VHS version. Yet another reason to get a region-free DVD player.