Apologies to Dylan for the bastardization of the title.
I’m waiting for feedback on the first finished draft of the MA from my advisors. As I’m waiting, I asked a fellow grad (and new GTA, congrats!) to take a look, since he and I have some similar interests but also enough differing views that I was interested to see what he might make of it.
Actually, that paragraph isn’t really necessary, ‘cos this isn’t about his response so much as it is something I wrote to him in response to a particular comment he made about the draft (a suggested revision he was right about, btw).
I mentioned to him that (in addition to the several other ideas I’ve mentioned before), one thing I might be keen to do for a diss to look at the way the categories of “rhetoric,” “resistance,” “social change,” “protest” et cetera might be challenged by recent developments in critical theory. I had explained that had I read Hardt/Negri’s Empire, Virno’s Grammar of the Multitude, and some of the interviews in Critical Intellectuals on Writing before beginning, my MA would likely be a very different beast. Still focused on the bed-ins, but with a different spin on them entirely. (I am heartened, though, by seeing that much of what I build to in the current draft is largely anticipated by these works, so there is clearly a framework for it).
I find the open hand/closed fist metaphor (and its various permutations, like Byron Hawk’s here) to be worth further investigation. This is not surprising, I suppose, given my earlier interest in metaphor, my exposure to theories of the body & critical theory via Pruchnic, and my (limited) work with Marback, whose own essay on Corbett-Browne inspired some of own use of that debate.
Just flitting thoughts. In closing, my own remix of Dylan iconography: