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Your search for posts with tags containing bits and pieces found 9 posts

dance with me

I’ve written, in the past, about the importance of taste and the palate as markers not only of identity, but also as tools for politics, histories, and more. Now, in the past two weeks, I’ve read a few articles that actively examine the possibilities...
From: telling the flesh on 8 Sep 2013

don’t read this while eating

I’m serious. Don’t read this if you’re eating…. Lisa Smith, who curates the Hans Sloane letters, offers insight into a particularly horrific cesarean section. So, finish your snack, and then… and only then head on over here.
From: telling the flesh on 11 Aug 2013

fish bladders and hymens

Pop over to the Wonders and Marvels blog for a short introduction to the art of faking virginity in early modern Europe. Here’s what Elizabeth Goldsmith writes: On what basis, I thought, do we continue to assume that Marie remained a virgin until...
From: telling the flesh on 11 Aug 2013


wild blueberries from our secret patch… It’s full on foraging season here and I’ve spent many hours berry picking over the past few days. And as I’ve been enjoying nature’s bounty, I’ve also been thinking about food, taste, berry picking...
From: telling the flesh on 6 Aug 2013

Guest Post: Margot Maddison-MacFadyen

This summer, I’ve invited my graduate students to submit blog posts to Luckily, they’ve almost all expressed an interest. They’re a highly diverse bunch and I’m really looking forward to reading and posting their thoughts. The...
From: telling the flesh on 8 Jul 2013

Guest Post: Pearl Sedziafa

This summer, I’ve invited my graduate students to submit blog posts to Luckily, they’ve almost all expressed an interest. They’re a highly diverse bunch and I’m really looking forward to reading and posting...
From: telling the flesh on 27 Jun 2013

telling stories

It’s been a summer of thinking and writing and thinking and revising and thinking some more. One of the things I’ve been working through is storytelling: if everything is a story, then how can those stories best be told? Those of us working in academia...
From: telling the flesh on 26 Jun 2013


…and excrement. 13th century ones, to be exact. Read more here. Julia Kristeva would be impressed. Or disgusted. Or both.
From: telling the flesh on 20 Jun 2013


At our house, the tooth fairy stores her teeth in my top dresser drawer. There she has two ziploc bags, one labelled S and one labelled T. I don’t mind sharing my underwear drawer with her; she’s quiet, polite and takes up very little space....
From: telling the flesh on 23 Feb 2013

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

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