22nd – 28th February
Well, a busy weekend and the looming end-of-term deadlines definitely got to me this time around. Bear with me over the next fortnight or so, after which I’ll be on Easter break for a month and things here can become a little better structured. In many ways this week was pretty quiet, but it was punctuated by a few evenings out and a surprising amount of cake…
I had a deadline first thing on Monday – a formative plan ahead of my 2500-word Victorian Literature essay due in for the end of term – but after that things were relatively quiet other than a presentation on Wednesday morning which went well.
Becca and I spent the evening at the fabulous York Student Cinema that evening to see The Danish Girl, which I found inherently problematic. It was beautifully shot and there were some outstanding performances, but its gender politics were difficult; in particular casting a cisgender man to play a transgender woman. It was full of trans* stereotypes and tropes as well as various stereotypical concepts of what it means to be a woman or feminine. I also felt a distinct clash between the film’s clear support of the transgender community, and the clear exploitation of that community in order to make huge profits due to its ‘controversy’.
We also celebrated my housemate Tom’s birthday on Wednesday. A couple of weeks ago he’d mentioned that his favourite cake was carrot cake, and so I resolved on Tuesday to find one in town – an expedition which turned out to be far more difficult than I envisioned, but eventually I managed to pick one up from M&S and we surprised him with it the following morning. I’m lucky in that I’ll celebrate my birthday during the Easter holiday at home with my family – I think I’d really struggle having it here at uni, so it was important to me that we tried to make it special for Tom. That evening we went out for drinks with his coursemates and our next-door neighbours, and it was so much fun to get to know them better.
On the whole, though, the week dragged; G was due to visit on Friday and time just seemed to slow before he arrived. Naturally after he did the weekend absolutely flew by, but there’ll be a post on his visit in due course. We had such a wonderful time, even taking a day out on the North York Moors as well as spending time in the city. Now, though, it’s time to focus – there are 4000 words to be written in the next two weeks as well as a paper to produce, and then, finally, it’ll be time for a real break.
This week I’ve been…
Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I’ve completely fallen in love with this book – its beautiful story, effortless prose and straightforwardness when it comes to the complex and important issues which are at its very centre. I have learned so much and despite having not finished it am determined to write my final Global Lit essay on it.
Listening to: Sorry guys, we’re back to Springsteen – not only did he just announce he’s returning to the UK this summer, but my sister only went and got us tickets for his Wembley show in June. I am unbelievably excited!
Grateful for: Late-night talks, walks on the moors and picnics by the river – but more on this soon.
Essay fever kicks in alongside my last classes this term and we’ve got a production week for the paper. I’m also hoping to get to the LitSoc Spring Ball on Wednesday evening. After that, though, my diary is empty – I really just need to sit down and work, so apologies in advance if you don’t hear too much from me.