Faculty Writing: On Britney Spears, Architectural Experiments, and Lacan’s Subject-Supposed-to-Know

Writing in Vulture magazine, Christine Smallwood offers a droll review of Britney Spears’s new memoir The Woman in Me: “As Keats taught us about negative capability, as Kierkegaard taught us about paradox, so Britney has been saying, for literally decades, that she dwells in doubt, being neither one thing nor the other — not a girl, not yet a woman; never a woman; perhaps only a vessel, a potentiality — for the woman inside her (The Woman in Me!) struggles to be born, is always being born, was always already being born.” 

Next, Isi Litke’s exhibition Staging Future Worlds at Valerie Goodman Gallery, on the work of Hungarian architect László Rajk, got a nice write-up in XIBT magazine. In an interview with the curators, Litke expresses admiration for how Rajk’s oeuvre “stressed the sensuous dimension of liberation, and emphasized the use of new technologies, materials, and techniques to improve the lives of the masses.”

Then, in a recent issue of Dilettante Army, Abby Kluchin and Patrick Blanchfield have some advice for teachers, by way of the Lacanian “subject supposed to know”: Be alert, they suggest, as “entire fields of academic pursuit can boil down to exercises in jockeying for the position of being the (subject supposed to know) as a matter of professional formation.” And check out this review of their podcast Ordinary Unhappiness in The New Yorker!

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