expressions from the back

There are many idiomatic expressions that involve "the back:"
  • behind your back
  • a pat on the back

  • the straw that breaks the camel's back

  • monkey on your back

  • your back against the wall

  • stabbed in the back

  • I did something to my back. I twisted it or threw it out or something; it's been hurting pretty bad the past couple of days. This combined with some academic and thus political goings on have made me think a lot about the expressions/metaphors we use to talk about things that happen to us. These particular expressions seem to show that we orient ourselves in terms of location and space through the body, which is interesting considering I'm working on research that explores the ways in which we connect in digital spaces when our physical selves are not present. How do we orient ourselves in spaces that are everywhere and nowhere?

    I haven't been updating much because I've been consumed with finishing my lit. review and job market stuff and I'm kind of tired of thinking about it. The update is that I do have an MLA interview, some clear interest from other schools I'm waiting to hear back from, and a phone interview in early January. We'll see what happens. In the meantime here is my Christmas tree: