Kirsten Lodge

Kirsten Lodge

Associate Professor of Humanities and Literature

Location Midwestern State University


  • When I think of masquerade parties, I think of elegant nineteenth-century parties with an element of disguise, but not necessarily of imitation. If there is any influence from popular culture, I have the general impression (and I may be wrong) that it may be from the Italian commedia dell'arte. In cosplay, on the other hand, one usually dresses up like a...

  • In general, I agree with those who say that the relationship is more distant than in Japan. I don't really know what it's like today because it's been so long since I was a teenager, but I recall that my girlfriend and I were completely obsessed with a certain band, and it was indeed like a unilateral romantic relationship. We fantasized about the band...

  • H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds, which is considered by many to be the first work of science fiction, established the trope of the giant machine manipulated by an intelligent living creature from the inside--although in this case the living creature was a Martian rather than a human being. Given the popularity of this novella, the motif became established in...

  • The theme of the robot with a heart goes back to R.U.R., the play by Karel Capek that gave the world the word "robot," and culminates in Blade Runner. It is a very common motif, probably because we are afraid that our robots will cross that line and become human, and we will no longer be superior to them. However, I can't think of any other example of a...

  • My first thought is that many Japanese horror movies focus on young schoolgirls of about this age. They are always wearing short, revealing skirts and have beautiful long hair, yet they are still "virginal." Perhaps the terrible things that happen to them represent some aspect of their sexual maturation.

  • I am coming from a study of "high" culture, especially contemporary Japanese literature, which in my opinion includes some of the best writing in the world. I am also a great fan of Japanese auteurs such as Kurosawa. I decided to take this course in order to see another side of Japanese culture. Therefore, I had never thought of it as "infantile" before.

  • My first experience with immersion in Japanese anime was when two of my college students invited me to join the Anime Club for a trip to a huge annual anime convention in Dallas. There were so many costumes, events, products for sale, etc., and the general enthusiasm was so palpable, I was amazed. It was these two students who introduced me to my first anime...

  • I am really into A-horror, and Japanese horror films are my favorite. I know they are not part of a subculture, but I would say they fit into the category of pop culture. I also enjoy some anime; my favorite is Princess Mononoke, which I have watched at least four times. In addition, I adore Miffy the rabbit--in fact, I am wearing my Miffy socks right now. ...

  • Personally, I don't say many aspirational images on my Facebook page.

  • Kirsten Lodge made a comment

    I have created several memes using pictures of my rabbits. I wanted to learn how to create memes, so I took a MOOC on it. I used my rabbits' pictures so my memes would be unique and because I didn't like most of the available images used for memes.

  • Our society in the US is deeply divided. My friends on Facebook post a lot of political articles, and so do I. Most of us share the same views, although I do have a few FB friends who do not. As an educator, I have also been posting a lot about policies for the opening of schools. To lighten things up, I also post pictures of my bunnies and funny memes.

  • Somewhat similarly, I use FaceBook to promote the understanding of migraine. I also belong to several groups (both support and information groups), which have helped me to accept my condition and even request accommodations at work.

  • I use it to follow the news, but I rarely post anything. I'm sure it's simple but I actually find it difficult to understand. I'm not even sure what I would post there.

  • Personally, I know I have to be very careful what I post on FaceBook, particularly because I am "friends" with a lot of my colleagues and even some students.

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    I am a professor and I would like to learn more about social media in large part because I want to understand my students better. I mostly use FaceBook.

  • I use BunSpace, which is like social media for rabbit lovers. You can post a lot more than on the other platforms, though. You can be serious or play games, or a bit of both. I used to use Instagram, but I don't use it anymore because you can post pictures and say a lot more about them on FaceBook.

  • I figured they were all partially correct, but I chose the first answer because it was the most neutral.

  • How did they come up with that?

  • My example is the votives that appear to be wombs. Are they really wombs, or something else? They look very strange for wombs.

  • It's interesting that Venus (or men in general) know about dittany from mountain goats, as several ancient sources confirm. The goats seem to know instinctively what to use it for.

  • Achilles possessed medical knowledge because he had been trained by the centaur Chiron, famed for his knowledge of healing.

  • Oedipus's foot was permanently damaged because it was pierced when they carried him out to the hills to abandon him.

  • Laocoon, with its dynamism and sense of movement and drama, influenced Baroque sculptors such as Bernini (cf. his sculpture of David).

  • I found each project fascinating and learned a lot about both art and contemporary China. I've been thinking about potential socially engaged art projects that I might be able to suggest and help organize with students at my university.

  • I love the videos, especially "Nonexistent Existences."

  • Wow, it looks almost like a war zone. I've seen photos from the former Yugoslavia and from Chechnya and it was nearly as bad as those, but in all cases the people went on with their lives as best they could.

  • This project is interesting to me because I live in a town in Texas that was also once thriving due to the oil business. Now the business is all but gone, and the railroad has closed. The population has declined (though certainly not as much as in Yumen), and the downtown area is almost a dead zone. Maybe an artist should try something similar here.

  • Kirsten Lodge made a comment

    Mia amica Linda e molto popolare. E intelligente è molto simpatica. È bassa e carina. È estroversa e vivace. E una amica buena.

  • Sono magra. Ho i capelli biondi e corti. Ho gli occhi azzurre.

  • "Burst forth down along her flank without swelling"? What does that refer to?

  • A psychiatrist once told me that I was depressed because I didn't have children. And I mean we weren't even talking about children; that was just his theory.

  • What about putting olive oil in its eyes?

  • Why would it lead to divorce?

  • In Bohumil Hrabal's I Served the King of England, the main character (male) is forced to make Aryan children in a special institution in Germany where the pregnant women are required to listen to classical music and look at beautiful works of art in order to ensure that their children will be beautiful. I know about Lebensborn institutions, but I don't know...

  • Castor and Pollux, and sometimes Helen and Clytemnestra, the children of Leda, were often depicted as hatching from eggs. Of course, this relates to Leda's seduction by Zeus in the form of a swan, although only two of the children were considered to be his. Here is a famous later image by Leonardo da...

  • And the horses cry! It's so wonderful!

  • The myth of Erichthonios was meant to show that the Athenians were autochthonous--that is, they were indigenous to their land, and therefore had a special "right" to it. They were not invaders taking over other people's land, or even uninhabited land. Many Greek city-states and kingdoms had similar local myths (for instance, famously, Thebes).

  • Apparently the Chinese may also have used bits of ceramic.

  • Here is a Han Dynasty model of an outhouse (c. 100 CE). It was found in a tomb, so I guess it was thought that even dead people would need to use an outhouse.

  • And later--Voltaire mentions it in Candide, and Gogol in "The Overcoat."

  • But isn't FutureLearn planning to institute obligatory fees for its courses soon?

    Never mind, I just read the discussion below.

  • Oh, yes, when we were in Uzbekistan my husband was treated to ox testicles to supposedly make him more potent.

  • It just made me think more clearly about the similarities and differences. And what I read was similar to what I had written, though of course not the same.

  • I wonder if there could be anything similar for the poor migrant workers in the US?

  • Porto una camicia nera con un coniglio bianco, i pantaloni grigi, i pantofole e un magione nero.

  • Mio fratello e divorziato. Suo ex moglie si chiama Feruza. È di Uzbekistan, ma abita in New York con loro figlio Severin, mi nipote. Severin ha nuove anni. Sua nonna, mia mamma, si chiama Susan. È sposata con Steve.

  • Mi chiamo Alessio e ho 12 anni. Miei genitori si chiamano Lia e Pietro. Fabio è mi zio. È sposato con Anna. Lei ha 45 anni. Mio cugino Carlo ha 17 anni. Mio nonno si chiama Sandro e mi nonna si chiama Maria.

  • Mi chiamo Chiara. Sono divorziata. Ho tre figli: Lucia, Roberto e Daniele. Loro figlio si chiama Paolo. La moglie di Paolo si chiama Serena e loro figlia si chiama Sofia.

    Mi chiamo Roberto. Ho tre figli: Lucia, Daniele e Paolo. Mi nipote si chiama Sofia. Mi mamma si chiama Chiara. La moglie di Paolo si chiama Serena.

  • Mi chiamo Kirsten. Il mio fratello si chiama Oliver. Il mei genitori sono Martin e Susan. Il mio zio e zia sono David e Pam. Chris è il mio cugino. Ha due figli.

  • Bread and circuses!

  • Then there is the myth of the vomitoria used for purging so one could consume even more. Apparently they did not actually exist.

  • And Socrates was in his seventies, and he didn't even die a natural death.

  • It struck me that the exotic foods mentioned were all body parts or organs of exotic animals. The Roman emperors displayed their power by watching exotic animals imported from faraway parts of the Empire kill each other and human beings in extravagant shows. This was a way of symbolically asserting imperial dominance over these distant parts of the world. I...

  • I was unable to participate in the recent protests in Washington, D.C., around the U.S., and throughout the world, but it was exhilarating to watch them. My friends who were able to participate also posted pictures and videos on Facebook. All I could do was take part in a student protest, but it was still interesting to see how involved the students were. ...

  • Kirsten Lodge made a comment

    This discussion of arousing emotion in the audience brought to mind another radical artist, Sergei Eisenstein. He wrote about the importance of manipulating emotion and of pathos in his theoretical works. Just think of the famous Odessa staircase scene in The Battleship Potemkin, especially the part when the mother confronts the Cossacks holding her wounded...

  • And interestingly, Brecht was a Marxist. Even before him, the Russian Futurists, who also supported socialism before the Bolshevik Revolution, broke down the barrier between performers and artists. Radical form for radical content.

  • The post-performance discussion reminds me of ancient Greece: after plays were performed all of the citizens discussed their contemporary relevance.

  • No, I remember now, it was Alhazen.

  • That's a great resource! Thanks!

  • That's a wonderful documentary! And how about Emily Dickinson?

  • The Russians like to take credit for preventing the Mongol advance into Europe.

  • Which one of the mystery novels do you recommend beginning with?