Hero and Villain: The Construction of Autobiographical Slave Narrative in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner

The following writing is adapted from a seminar presentation for a course on graphic life narratives at the University of Winnipeg. Background Nat Turner was an African American slave who led a violent revolt on several plantations in Southampton County, Virginia in late August 21-22, 1831. These revolts resulted in the murder of approximately 57 … Continue reading Hero and Villain: The Construction of Autobiographical Slave Narrative in Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner

Minding User Desires: Updating the Universal Library Catalogue and Library Space Using Google Statistics for Data Mining

This paper examines the possibility of using google statistics to mine data for updating the library catalogue and design of the library as a diverse community space. This paper also examines the possibility of using library member-generated data to improve the library catalogue, collection, and space. This paper is expanded from Research Methods coursework at … Continue reading Minding User Desires: Updating the Universal Library Catalogue and Library Space Using Google Statistics for Data Mining

Understanding Sianne Ngai’s “The Cuteness of the Avant-Garde”

I am very much interested in the idea of “cuteness” within contemporary culture; how it can be played with by artists to provoke and question ideologies of femininity and masculinity and innocence and childhood, and how it can be understood as a social construct, which is why I was excited to come across Sianne Ngai’s … Continue reading Understanding Sianne Ngai’s “The Cuteness of the Avant-Garde”

Presentation for UBC student conference Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship and Education, May 2016

Project description: I presented a paper focused on issues of surveillance, identity, and power in graphic autobiographies, diary narratives, and zines, specifically for YA readers, including a discussion on the importance of incorporating these materials in library collections, as well as alternative cataloguing and display practices for zines. Below is a script of my presentation. … Continue reading Presentation for UBC student conference Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship and Education, May 2016