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An Update On Poop 101
Submitted by PooProf
October 1, 2007, 14 Comments

Editor's note: a few weeks ago I posted the syllabus for a course being taught this semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The focus of the course is, of course, poop. Here's an update, as well as some background on how the class came to be. Because my university's required summer...

Poop 101: The Syllabus
Submitted by PooProf
September 10, 2007, 15 Comments

Editor's note: this is the syllabus from a real course that begins this semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Arts of Expression: Writing the Disciplines 0504-319-10 TR 12-1:50 Building 07, 1541 Course Description Humanity's relationship with its own excrement is complicated....

Scatology, the Last Taboo: An Introducti
Submitted by Jeff Persels an...
October 6, 2004, 24 Comments

Editor's note: the following is taken from the introduction for Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art, a new book by Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim. To me, as I write my book, this essay presents very clearly the issues I find challenging students of scatology (in all eras). I'm...

Brown Meets Green: the Political Fecolog
Submitted by M. Cortez
February 11, 2004, 0 Comments

Abstract The practical motives and aims of this essay are fairly easy to explain: I wanted to write a paper analyzing PoopReport, and I wanted to do so within a framework that connected the study of scatological cultural texts to an environmentalist perspective (hence the title Brown Meets Green...

Tlaçolteotl is Dead: The Wonderful, Hor
Submitted by Daniel Gerling
February 11, 2004, 4 Comments

Abstract Tlaçolteotl was the Aztec goddess of ordure and carnal pleasures, or, shit and fertility -- the American equivalent of the little-known Roman goddess Cloacina. In this essay and in contemporary culture alike, Tlaçolteotl is absent. Shit, however, is not. But the joke is...

Brown Meets Green: the Political Fecolog
Submitted by M. Cortez
February 11, 2004, 14 Comments

Abstract Although many would argue that it is a topic largely untouched by cultural theory, the scatological has long been an object of scholarly analysis. However, the tendency among cultural critics since Freud, and in particular those informed by Julia Kristeva and Mikhail Bakhtin, is to read...

Scatology: An Etiology, A Primer (or, Is
Submitted by M. Cortez
October 22, 2002, 7 Comments

I recently started graduate school, so the question that comes my way fairly frequently of late is: "So what do you plan on studying?" Now, I've known for years the answer to this question. There's no indecision or uncertainty involved. And it's not that I'm ashamed of what I'm most interested...

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Submitted by Dave
September 22, 2002, 0 Comments

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Fiction for the Unwashed Masses: Shit Cr
Submitted by M. Cortez
September 20, 2002, 17 Comments

Editor's Note: The following are excerpts taken from a much longer article. The author is attending graduate school with a focus on "ushering in a new era of scholarship, one whose chief focus is the scatological." I kid you not. I am sure we'll be hearing a lot more from Ms. Cortez in the near...

Fiction for the Unwashed Masses: Shit Cr
Submitted by M. Cortez
September 20, 2002, 0 Comments

Editor's Note: The author of this article is attending graduate school with a focus on "ushering in a new era of scholarship, one whose chief focus is the scatological." I kid you not. I am sure we'll be hearing a lot more from Ms. Cortez in the near future. Enjoy the unabridged article below...

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