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Word of the Week: Liminal

As in: “In Ceremony, the hybrid or mixed-blood position is thus neither authenticated nor denied by the novel; rather, this liminal position is a source of both creative and destructive power, characteristics of almost all traditional indigenous trickster figures ” (Wilson, 2008, p.36). 

Wilson, M. D. (2008). Writing home: Indigenous narratives of resistance. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

For definitions of liminal, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.





Word of the Week: Autochthonous

As in: “This mediation between contemporary Huichols, their sacred ancestor Kauyumarie, the sun, and Spaniards through and Indianized (and feminized) Jesus challenges attempts to distinguish separate autochthonous and Christian myth cycles, as the 1930s ethnographer Robert Zingg sought to do” (Liffman, 2009, p.200). 

Liffman, P. (2009). Huichol histories and territorial claims in two national anthropology museums. In S. Sleeper-Smith (Ed.), Contesting knowledge: museums and indigenous perspectives (pp. 192-217).  Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

For definitions of autochthonous, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



Word of the Week: desideratum

As in: “The goal of this chapter is not to write an architectural history of archives (which remains a desideratum). Rather, its particular purpose is to highlight the inevitably physical nature of written knowledge so as to illustrate the spatial presence of archives in people’s living environment” (Friedrich, 2018, p.112). 

Friedrich, M. (2018). The birth of the archive: A history of knowledge (J. N. Dillon, Trans.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.  

 For definitions of desideratum, consult the Oxford English Dictionary 

October is Archives month, and speaking of the spatial presence of archives, why not stop by the Emmanuel College Archives for a visit?  


Word of the Week: benediction

As in: “In the concert the audience receives both a type of benediction and a charge to take responsibility, as Santana sends forth the audience from this spiritual encounter to do good to each other and to the wider world beyond the confines of the shared experience” (Aponte, 2012, p.49). 

Aponte, E. D. (2012). Santo!: Varieties of Latino/a spirituality.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

For definitions of benediction, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

September 15- October 15 is Latin American Heritage Month. For more books like this, check out the display on top of the reference collection shelves.

Word of the Week: oscillate

As in: “The brain practically floats inside the cavity of the skull and can move and oscillate freely, often impacting the inner surfaces of the skull bones during all forms of biomechanical loading” (Omalu, 2008, p.18).  

 Omalu, B. (2008). Play hard, die young: Football, dementia, depression and death Lodi, CA: Neo-Forenxis Books.  

 For definitions of oscillate, consult the Oxford English Dictionary 





Word of the Week: Doldrums

As in:

“The dictionary tells us that the yawn is an involuntary response to fatigue and boredom. If this is true, then nature spares no expense to shake our doldrums and make sure there is never a dull moment” (Vienne, 1998, p.44). 

Vienne, V. (1998). The Art of doing nothing: Simple ways to make time for yourself.  New York, NY: Clarkson Potter Publishers.

For definitions of doldrums, consult the Oxford English Dictionary

Word of the Week: Aleatoric

As in: “The aim of these experiments with aleatoric, nonintentional writing was not dismissing the author as such but surpassing the limits of creativity, overcoming personal perspectives by the intention and meaning of chance, nature, or in baroque the divine” (Simanowski, 2011, p.54).  

 Simanowski, R. (2011). Digital art and meaning: Reading kinetic poetry, text machines, mapping art, and interactive installations.  Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.  

 For definitions of aleatoric, consult the Oxford English Dictionary