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August 2010, Week 3


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Darcey West <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 15 Aug 2010 22:20:09 +0000
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This week's In Media Res special theme week is called Professional Wrestling. Here's the line-up:

Monday August 16, 2010 – David Ray Carter (Critic) presents: A History of Violence: politics, profits, and the changing face of the WWE
Tuesday August 17, 2010 – Cory Barker (Bowling Green State University) presents: Making the scripted more real? Pro wrestling and Twitter

Wednesday August 18, 2010 – Sam Ford (Massachusetts Institute for Technology) presents: "All I Care about Is Me: I’m ‘The Nature Body": The Permeable Boundaries of Pro Wrestling’s Fictional World

Thursday August 19, 2010 – Ari Berenstein ( presents: "The MSG Curtain Call": A Conflation of Front and Backstage in Professional Wrestling

Friday August 20, 2010 – Bryan Alvarez (Figure Four Weekly) presents: History Repeats Itself?: How Wrestling Regards Its Performers

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