*"More bearable than Vogon poetry!" - some random*
*"She's just this burnt-out academic, you know?" - her closest friend*
This blog explores the misadventures of an arts and humanities scholar who left university teaching to get some work done. Posts include condensed versions of academic articles and conference papers, responses to films and events, reflections on researching emotionally challenging topics, and the experiences of navigating the precarious landscape of higher education post-PhD.
*DISCLAIMER: I am writing about the film with an approach to
critical analysis with only a hint of review, therefore there are spoilers
within if you have not seen the film. This post serves as a line of thought
that I am archiving for later development.*
It appears that reviews of Shadow Dancer (Marsh, 2012) have not been entirely complimentary,
as far as I am aware (I am deliberately avoiding them so feel free to correct
me), and seem largely to have been written by men. The film is much more than
critics and general commenters deem it to be (e.g. one I came across stated
that this is yet another Troubles film making the IRA out to be scum). Shadow Dancer does not attempt to depict
the Northern Ireland conflict through a microcosmic narrative, rather it draws
out a suppressed individual struggle within patriarchal organizations, and in
doing so attempts to reflect the hidden lives many were forced to lead.
The most striking aspect of Shadow Dancer for me is its evocation of the di…