Big Project Update 2: Stylistic stumbling blocks
You all may or may not remember that my big project involves writing profiles on various female characters in 18th century French literature. My intention was -- is -- to treat them as real people, and to examine their roles as troublemakers in their respective worlds. That's going quite well, and I'm finding all sorts of things I hadn't noticed in my original readings of these texts.
My major stumbling block (after actually getting to work, that is!) is one of style. My original concept was to write these profiles in the style of magazine articles. However, I've been trying to reference texts we've read in class, and here is my problem: I don't know how to write this. I am having a hard time writing about Judith Butler in a casual (or at least, a non-academic) style, and I am having an even harder time writing about Judith Butler in relation to a fictional character in a casual style. I've gone back to read what I've written, and it sounds very stilted.
I have two ideas to circumvent this issue. The first is to abandon the ties with texts from class and deal entirely with concepts as opposed to direct references (IE talking about being beside oneself, but not saying, "As Judith Butler writes..."). The second idea is to abandon the idea of this particular writing style, and just allow myself to write a series of short, academic-sounding essays. I'm not crazy about either of these ideas; getting rid of references to theoretical texts gives me the impression that my project is not scholarly enough; ironically, I don't like the idea of getting rid of my magazine article idea because this seems like it will be too scholarly.
Goodness! What to do, what to do? If anyone has any thoughts, I'd welcome them. Otherwise, I may well end up tossing a coin. . . I kid, I kid. I'll probably try both ways and see which turns out better.