Metatalktail Hour: A Dumb Game May 23, 2020 5:36 PM   Subscribe

Good Saturday Evening, MetaFilter! This week, I thought we could play a nerd game: Retitle your favorite novel as if it were a (not very good) academic paper, and we'll try to guess the novel. For example, "High-Wealth Men Seeking Partners in Regency England: Two Case Studies" could be Pride and Prejudice.

This occurred to me in the middle of the night and I was like, "I'm not good at this, but mefites would make it HILARIOUS." So indulge me!

MEANWHILE, we of course want to hear about your stuff in this thread too. :)
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:36 PM (175 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Innovative Neurolinguistic Algorithm Reveals Security Gaps in Networking Software and Human Brain
posted by zompist at 5:46 PM on May 23 [4 favorites]


A Multi-Perspective Analysis Of The Impact Of Charismatic Religious Movements On Long-Term Climate Change: Herbert, Frank, 1965
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:46 PM on May 23 [28 favorites]


Johnny Mnemonic?
posted by Tehhund at 6:00 PM on May 23


Murder, He Prescribed?: The Doctor, the Banker, and the Mysterious Death of a Gambler in a Provincial Town, 1832
posted by thomas j wise at 6:03 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Innovative Neurolinguistic Algorithm Reveals Security Gaps in Networking Software and Human Brain

I was going to go with: "The Protagonist but not the He/iro: Gender Dynamics, the Metaverse, and a Raft of Viral Metaphors."
posted by googly at 6:29 PM on May 23 [10 favorites]


An Interstellar Movement Contingency Field Manual for Trustees of Absorbent Textiles
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:33 PM on May 23 [23 favorites]


cortex's is Dune and Greg_Ace's is Hitchhiker's Guide.

Is googly and zompist's Snow Crash? Been a long dang time since I read that.

(PS, fully as entertaining as hoped!)
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 6:41 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Interspecies Group Dynamics and the Effects of Transporting Precious Artifacts Over Vast Distances: a Study, by J. Tolkien
posted by Ghidorah at 6:47 PM on May 23 [22 favorites]


Impolite Possessors of a Consecrated Vessel Using English as a Second Language
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:50 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


A Longitudinal Study of the Psychological, Social and Migratory Effects of Human Selection Pressures on Oryctolagus cuniculus
posted by the primroses were over at 6:56 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Turns Out Everyone in This Terrorist Conspiracy is Actually a Secret Policeman
posted by rodlymight at 6:56 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Bengalis in the northeastern United States: An intercultural dialogue
posted by eirias at 6:57 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Cetacean Communication Dynamics in the Post-Colonial Era: A Phenomenological Inquiry
posted by katra at 7:03 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


I thiiiiiink primroses were over's is Watership Down. katra's is Moby Dick.

I'm gonna some help with the rest of these! (Except for the JRRT one, that is left as an exercise for the reader ;) )
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 7:07 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Sorry to break the run of titles, but we acquired a kitten today and my kid named her Gooseberry.

No cat tax, I don’t have an imgur and my insta is private, but please know that when you don’t let your preschooler sleep with the tiny ball of fluff (as yet unvaccinated, we have no proof she is housebroken, and she definitely weighs mere ounces) you are letting yourself in for some fucking draaaaama.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 7:09 PM on May 23 [18 favorites]


A Reanalysis of the Moral Character of Elves
posted by Lauren Ipsum at 7:15 PM on May 23


Now realizing that I totally misunderstood the idea here and am struggling to come up with another. Uhh… Hallucinogens and Consumerism in Extraterrestrial Colonies: A Solution To Climate Change?
posted by rodlymight at 7:28 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


I'm gonna some help with the rest of these!

I'm sure a swallow could carry an answer.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:45 PM on May 23 [4 favorites]


Personal Memoirs of the Omnian Reformation.
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Poetics of Masculine Archetypes in Mycenean Greece
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Monastic Library Practices of 14th Century Italy
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:46 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Quantifying the Effect of Tone Dominance on Monochromatic Value Discrimination
posted by moonmilk at 7:47 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


A Multi-Perspective Analysis Of The Impact Of Charismatic Religious Movements On Long-Term Climate Change

We joke, but Military Management Practices in Ending Desertification, Herbert 1957 that forms the basis for his later work.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:56 PM on May 23 [9 favorites]


Fifty-Five Ways of Looking at a City: The Philosophy of Urbanism in Medieval Venice

(It is so very Metafilter that I had to rewrite this one twice, on account of "phenomenology" and "14th century Italy" both appearing in the last 20 comments.)
posted by Rhaomi at 8:05 PM on May 23 [9 favorites]


Baby, It's Cold Outside: Rethinking Sex and Gender in a Context of Universal Winter
posted by egregious theorem at 8:09 PM on May 23 [6 favorites]


That's Left Hand of Darkness

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Social Outcomes of Orphans Adopted as Farmstead Labor in 19th Century Prince Edward Island
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:16 PM on May 23 [19 favorites]


A Scrutiny of Divers Tragic and Comic Chronicles Based Within a Planate Formulated Testudines-Borne Macrocosm
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:19 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Death From Above: An Investigation into how Air Artillery Would Have Changed the War of the Roses
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:19 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Fifty-Five Ways of Looking at a City: The Philosophy of Urbanism in Medieval Venice

I was going to title it "A Comprehensive Ethnographic and Morphological Study of Urban Settings in the Reign of Kublai Khan".
posted by LionIndex at 8:58 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


(Okay, if nobody's guessed yours in 24 hours you have to come back and tell us what it is! Some of these I'm DYING to know!)
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:18 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


The narrative and the reflexive aspects of pictorial rural life envisioned in human and non human characters of the early 20th century.
posted by clavdivs at 9:21 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Social Outcomes of Orphans Adopted as Farmstead Labor in 19th Century Prince Edward Island

'Anne of Green Gables'
posted by clavdivs at 9:26 PM on May 23 [4 favorites]


Death From Above

Game of Thrones

A Scrutiny of Divers Tragic and Comic Chronicles

Discworld
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:32 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Interspecies Intervention: The Impact of Internal Combustion Engines on Early 20th Century Rural Amphibian Psychology
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 9:33 PM on May 23 [7 favorites]


Eco-Economics and the Tourism Industry: A case study of Carcharodon carcharias activity.
posted by vrakatar at 9:40 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Monastic Library Practices of 14th Century Italy

The Name of the Rose

Interspecies Intervention: The Impact of Internal Combustion Engines on Early 20th Century Rural Amphibian Psychology

The Wind in the Willows
posted by the primroses were over at 9:42 PM on May 23 [6 favorites]


'Dagon'?
posted by clavdivs at 9:44 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Fear Itself: A Sociological & Longitudinal Look at Childhood's Intersection with Trauma
posted by fairlynearlyready at 9:48 PM on May 23


Masonic rituals: alcoholism and timelines of Vinter guild disputation in 14th century Italy.
posted by clavdivs at 9:53 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Orange Dinosaur Slide: "Interspecies Intervention: The Impact of Internal Combustion Engines on Early 20th Century Rural Amphibian Psychology"

the primroses were over: "The Wind in the Willows"

also frogger
posted by Rhaomi at 9:53 PM on May 23 [19 favorites]


bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk,: The mind and soul of dithyramb ciphers
posted by clavdivs at 9:59 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Eco-Economics and the Tourism Industry: A case study of Carcharodon carcharias activity.

I think that case study has theme music.
posted by katra at 10:00 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Interspecies Intervention: The Impact of Internal Combustion Engines on Early 20th Century Rural Amphibian Psychology

Poop poop!
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:00 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Fifty-Five Ways of Looking at a City: The Philosophy of Urbanism in Medieval Venice

Invisible Cities?
posted by Pink Frost at 10:37 PM on May 23


A Case Study: Child Development, Ignorance, and Racism in Alabama, by Harper Lee

An Examination of Language Semantics, Songs, and Mythological History in a Hypothetical Setting, by JRR Tolkien

The Experience of Economically Challenged Young Women in Civil War America, by Louisa May Alcott
posted by bearwife at 10:44 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


The Occult Psychogeography Of Victorian London: Masonic Connections to Architechtural and Urban Planning

Interior Lives: The Maintenace Of Self Under Extreme Psychological Stress
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:18 PM on May 23


Goddamn, this is fun. (And, I'm intrigued by how many of us jump immediately toward colons.)

Child safety in the era of electrified urban rail transport: a case study.

Remembering Waterloo: PTSD and the political movements of mid-19th century Paris.

The anti-Terran hypothesis in popular culture.

Eat Me! A first person account of accidental childhood poisoning.

A brief ethnology of the several remote nations of the world.

Inefficiencies in the materiel distribution and staffing of American forces stationed in Italy during the second world war.

Contemporary horticultural practices and sustainability on asteroid B 612.

A critical reanalysis of the State vs. Tom Robinson.

(I keep straying into Flowers for Algernon, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Dice Man. . . but they more or less are this already.)
Interspecies Intervention: The Impact of Internal Combustion Engines on Early 20th Century Rural Amphibian Psychology
I guessed War with the Newts, but I think previous answers are better.
posted by eotvos at 12:56 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


A brief ethnology of the several remote nations of the world

Gulliver's Travels?

Inefficiencies in the materiel distribution and staffing of American forces stationed in Italy during the second world war

Catch-22?

Contemporary horticultural practices and sustainability on asteroid B 612

Le petit prince?
posted by eirias at 2:54 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Company Town Comes to the Jungle: the Effects of Magical Realism and Isolation on Expansionist Capitalism
posted by Ghidorah at 3:20 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


The Duel of the Dual: Obligatory Heterosexuality Among Royal Navy Officers of the Napoleonic Era, Revisited
posted by fleacircus at 4:18 AM on May 24 [5 favorites]


A multidimensional framework for embedded magical skill development: transitioning pre-teen students to new educational settings.
posted by freethefeet at 4:35 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Masonic Influences on the Storage of Fortified Wine

The Monastic Knowledge Base of the Late 18th Century and its Effect on Post-Napoleonic Parisian Society
posted by LionIndex at 4:58 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Effects of Suboceanic Megafauna on Nomadic Seafaring Societies and their Economies, A Linguistic Perspective.

Competitive Tarochic Vitality Exchange Among Gambling Populations, A Generational Study.

Spontaneous Messianic Establishment in Opportunistic Itinerant Biplane Pilots

Meta-Analysis of Diminished Identity and Other Idiosyncratic Events Within A Spontaneous Cosmic Wildlife Encroachment
posted by Mister Moofoo at 5:06 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


“Remembering Waterloo: PTSD and the political movements of mid-19th century Paris.”
- Les Misérables?

“The Duel of the Dual: Obligatory Heterosexuality Among Royal Navy Officers of the Napoleonic Era, Revisited”
- Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Aubreyad’?
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 5:49 AM on May 24 [4 favorites]


Bengalis in the northeastern United States: An intercultural dialogue - The Namesake?

Golem and Ubermensch: Judaism, homosexuality, and dis/ability in the origins of superheros
posted by ChuraChura at 6:12 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


> Quantifying the Effect of Tone Dominance on Monochromatic Value Discrimination

50 Shades of Grey?
posted by ardgedee at 6:23 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Reifying White American Childhood: An Uncritical Narrative of Settler Colonialism and Manifest Destiny

Practical Witchcraft: Bee-keeping, Midwifery, and Scott"ish" Dialects

Gender and Knighthood: An examination of Tortallian womanhood through the lifetime of Jonathon of Conte
posted by ChuraChura at 6:30 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Anger Doomed and Ruinous: Adaptive and Maladaptive Masculinities in the Context of a Classical Amphibious Assault
posted by this one sparks joy at 6:42 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Water Droplets Suspended at Ground Level Surrounding an Island of Malus Domestica: A Study of a Bibliophile's Ongoing Internal Struggle with the Connexion between Artist and Art
posted by Gray Duck at 6:52 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


'My father took me to see ice:' an exploration of the effects of political upheaval on intergenerational familial identity
posted by meese at 7:09 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Self expression under tyranny: fashion as resistance during the fall of Panem.
posted by meese at 7:15 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Unrecognized toxic masculinity: causes, effects, and lasting damage.

(This one is cheating, because it could be absolutely anything.)
posted by meese at 7:21 AM on May 24 [7 favorites]


Crap, I think clavdivs beat me to the punch on one of mine.
posted by LionIndex at 7:31 AM on May 24


Chura Chura - Little house on the Prairie.

My friend had to take time to explain Manifest Destiny while reading this to her sons.
posted by biggreenplant at 7:41 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


The downfall of the pin: a history of collecting under the governance of Lord Vetinari.
posted by meese at 7:43 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


The Relationship Between Number of Limbs, Nutritional Requirements and Personal Growth: An Anecdotal Study
posted by Gorgik at 7:48 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Golem and Ubermensch
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Gender and Knighthood:

A literature review of Pierce, T.'s career..

Unrecognized toxic masculinity:

Just start with The Iliad and go forward...
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:52 AM on May 24 [4 favorites]


The Stanford Marshmallow Test Re-examined Using Mechanically Chilled Stone Fruit
posted by Gorgik at 7:53 AM on May 24 [22 favorites]


A practical guide to the interpretation of prophecy under nonideal conditions.
posted by meese at 7:59 AM on May 24


A practical guide to the interpretation of prophecy under nonideal conditions.

Good Omens!

(Also this is an AMAZING thread)
posted by okayokayigive at 8:04 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Psychological and moral developmental predictors in a case of patricide

Atypical food colour is a predictor of food avoidance irrespective of location of consumption
posted by sillyman at 8:10 AM on May 24 [4 favorites]


Rome: 24 BCE -- 54 CE.
posted by meese at 8:12 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


A personal history of social and financial inequality as sequelae of confluent environmental, economic, and political impacts on agriculture in the United States during the 1920s-1930s
posted by sillyman at 8:28 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Atypical food colour is a predictor of food avoidance irrespective of location of consumption

Verdant Gametes and Porcine Flank!
posted by Gorgik at 8:45 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Crown v. Urvill

Case Report: Long-Term Recovery From Coma Resulting From Head Trauma In A Motorcycle Accident

Field Manual 2341: Exploitation Of Leadership Selection Mechanisms In Target Political Entities

Technical Manual A5913: Secondary Uses Of Megascale Launch Complexes For Stellar Engineering
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 8:49 AM on May 24


"Unrecognized toxic masculinity: causes, effects, and lasting damage.
(This one is cheating, because it could be absolutely anything.)"


I just assumed A Farewell to Arms b/c Hemmingway is unrecognized toxic masculinity par excellence.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:10 AM on May 24 [2 favorites]


I've Got Another Puzzle for You: a case study in novel hiring practices for factory management

The Stanford Marshmallow Test Re-examined Using Mechanically Chilled Stone Fruit

I have guessed
the title
of the poem
you were referencing

and which
we had all been
awaiting
in this MetaTalk

Forgive me
for this format
so old
yet so versatile
posted by egregious theorem at 9:39 AM on May 24 [20 favorites]


The Impact of Force and Gravity on Paternal Figures by Their Young: An Exploration in Rhyme
posted by Mchelly at 9:51 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: So old yet so versatile
posted by alygator at 10:08 AM on May 24 [8 favorites]



Turns Out Everyone in This Terrorist Conspiracy is Actually a Secret Policeman


The Man Who Was Thursday
posted by M. at 10:26 AM on May 24 [4 favorites]


The Impact of Force and Gravity on Paternal Figures by Their Young: An Exploration in Rhyme

including the Admonition.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:29 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


When the map is not the territory: a schizoanalytic survey of the effects of omnivalent sexual expression on the politics of the non-specific American metropolis and it’s literary ephemera.
posted by hototogisu at 10:31 AM on May 24


The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Xinhai Revolution on the Agricultural Working Class: A Case Study
posted by castlebravo at 11:22 AM on May 24


Eat Me! A first person account of accidental childhood poisoning.


Alice in Wonderland!
posted by mollywas at 11:29 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


A Good Samurai Will Parry the Blow: An Exegesis of The Seven Samurai.
posted by ferret branca at 11:42 AM on May 24


The Relationship Between Number of Limbs, Nutritional Requirements and Personal Growth: An Anecdotal Study


The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
posted by ChuraChura at 11:52 AM on May 24 [10 favorites]


A framework for numerical simulation of chaotic systems in celestial mechanics using gamified distributed computation

Masonic rituals: alcoholism and timelines of Vinter guild disputation in 14th century Italy

Masonic Influences on the Storage of Fortified Wine


Both The Cask of Amontillado?
posted by egregious theorem at 12:19 PM on May 24


The Impact of Force and Gravity on Paternal Figures by Their Young: An Exploration in Rhyme including the Admonition.

Hop on Pop!
posted by shiny blue object at 1:04 PM on May 24 [7 favorites]


A metaanalysis of a metaanalysis of ekphrastic exile
posted by jjray at 1:23 PM on May 24


Domestic Horticulture and the Good Life: a Multinational Survey
posted by biogeo at 1:25 PM on May 24


Simak CD (1951). Extinction and speciation in post-urban landscapes.
posted by biogeo at 1:35 PM on May 24


Domestic Horticulture and the Good Life: a Multinational Survey - Candide?
posted by eirias at 1:41 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Science, Pseudoscience, or Magic? The Role of Messianic and Monastic Quasi-Religious Movements in Post-Imperial Political Evolution
posted by biogeo at 1:52 PM on May 24


> Just start with The Iliad and go forward...

Toxic masculinity? Goddess, tell me about it.
That fucker Achilles got so many of us killed—
Brave Achaean souls tossed straight into Hades
While dogs and birds munched on their corpses,
And Zeus fucking wanted it this way.
posted by this one sparks joy at 2:09 PM on May 24 [5 favorites]


“ Rome: 24 BCE -- 54 CE.”
- Robert Graves’ I, Claudius and Claudius the God?
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 2:27 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Field Manual 2341: Exploitation Of Leadership Selection Mechanisms In Target Political Entities

Player of Games?
posted by Pink Frost at 2:40 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]


A Longitudinal Study and Holistic Exploration of Camellia Sinensis
posted by katra at 3:20 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


The downfall of the pin: a history of collecting under the governance of Lord Vetinari.

Going Postal
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:20 PM on May 24 [4 favorites]


The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Xinhai Revolution

The Good Earth.

F Is For Friends: Male Homosociality in Mycenean Military Camps
posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:42 PM on May 24 [4 favorites]


(Okay, if nobody's guessed yours in 24 hours you have to come back and tell us what it is! Some of these I'm DYING to know!)

M. got my first one.

Hallucinogens and Consumerism in Extraterrestrial Colonies: A Solution To Climate Change?


This one is kind of obscure (it’s not Dune, I promise!) The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Actually much weirder than it sounds!
posted by rodlymight at 3:56 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


> This one is kind of obscure (it’s not Dune, I promise!)

Aw dang, your correct answer was actually my guess but I figured, nah, that can't be it, so I didn't post it.
posted by ardgedee at 4:19 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Oh man, can we go back and start this thread over, all using the down-arrow thingy like rodlymight? Think of the instant gratification!
posted by meese at 4:20 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]


> The Relationship Between Number of Limbs, Nutritional Requirements and Personal Growth: An Anecdotal Study

The Metamorphosis?

> Atypical food colour is a predictor of food avoidance irrespective of location of consumption

Green Eggs and Ham?
posted by ardgedee at 4:22 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Adolescents in the care of a professional: a case study of activities in non-permanent residential housing
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 4:59 PM on May 24


Aw dang, your correct answer was actually my guess but I figured, nah, that can't be it, so I didn't post it.

Feel free to claim a no-prize for knowing it anyway!
posted by rodlymight at 5:02 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


Motivational Delusion: The violent subculture of underemployed American males
posted by vrakatar at 5:05 PM on May 24 [4 favorites]


Comparative Urban Studies During Periods of Political Unrest
posted by Liesl at 5:10 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


> Feel free to claim a no-prize for knowing it anyway!

I am flattered to have been considered by the awards committee but ruefully return it on grounds that any jackass can predict the future retroactively.
posted by ardgedee at 5:24 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


“Comparative Urban Studies During Periods of Political Unrest”
- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 6:06 PM on May 24 [6 favorites]


Motivational Delusion: The violent subculture of underemployed American males

Palahniuk, C. (1996). Fight Club. W. W. Norton & Company.
posted by katra at 6:12 PM on May 24 [4 favorites]


Morbid Curiosity: Examination of Memory, Friendship, Social Expectation, Wilderness Hiking and Corpse Recovery in 1950s New England
posted by Ghidorah at 6:41 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


> A personal history of social and financial inequality as sequelae of confluent environmental, economic, and political impacts on agriculture in the United States during the 1920s-1930s

By the author of “Cervical Trauma Secondary To Developmentally Inappropriate Animal-Asssisted Therapy?”
posted by this one sparks joy at 6:52 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Morbid Curiosity: Examination of Memory, Friendship, Social Expectation, Wilderness Hiking and Corpse Recovery in 1950s New England

By the author of "A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability"
posted by Gorgik at 7:05 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Murder, He Prescribed?: The Doctor, the Banker, and the Mysterious Death of a Gambler in a Provincial Town, 1832

Middlemarch?
posted by jamjam at 7:05 PM on May 24 [1 favorite]


Obsessive Cetacean Revenge Fantasies and the Male Ego, a New England Perspective
posted by kinnakeet at 7:18 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]


Obsessive Cetacean Revenge Fantasies and the Male Ego, a New England Perspective

Avast ye, that one shivers me timbers
posted by vrakatar at 7:39 PM on May 24


Ludovico, F. The use of aversion therapy to reduce recidivism in violent offenders.
posted by eruonna at 7:51 PM on May 24 [4 favorites]


Metaphysical Oceanography and Sustainable Astrology: The Sumerian/New England Connection.
posted by vrakatar at 7:53 PM on May 24


> By the author of "A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability"

And ... dang it, can’t think of an academic title for it so I’ll go with clickbait instead: “This beautiful MacGuffin was almost destroyed by explosion—twice! You’ll never guess who stole it next”
posted by this one sparks joy at 7:57 PM on May 24


Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

"Mammon and Mammaries: An Exchange"

Charles Dikkens, A Sale of Two Titties
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:15 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]


"Obsessive Cetacean Revenge Fantasies and the Male Ego, a New England Perspective"

Ah, I know it by its alternate title, "Technology vs. the Behemoth: A Homoerotic Meditation of the Nature of Reality, the Construction of Knowledge, and the Ultimate Unknowability of Truth"
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:25 PM on May 24 [5 favorites]


Technology vs. the Behemoth

Same author as "Categorical Errors In Mammalian Identification in Citizen Scientists"?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 PM on May 24


Ludovico, F. The use of aversion therapy to reduce recidivism in violent offenders.

A Clockwork Orange?
posted by hototogisu at 11:02 PM on May 24 [3 favorites]

(Okay, if nobody's guessed yours in 24 hours you have to come back and tell us what it is! Some of these I'm DYING to know!)
Child safety in the era of electrified urban rail transport: a case study. - Call it Sleep, Henry Roth

Remembering Waterloo: PTSD and the political movements of mid-19th century Paris. - Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

The anti-Terran hypothesis in popular culture. - Ada or Ardor, Vladimir Nabokov

A critical reanalysis of the State vs. Tom Robinson. - To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

The rest of my far-too-many suggestions were found. This is fun! I've enjoyed guessing to a great degree, despite not posting most of them.
posted by eotvos at 11:06 PM on May 24 [2 favorites]


By the author of "A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability"

Truly a prolific researcher, currently undergoing a renaissance of sorts due to recent attention into what some call his masterpiece: Holy Shit, Clowns are Fucking Terrifying: A Treatise on Small Towns with Suspiciously High Numbers of Missing Persons, Group Dynamics, Lifelong Phobias and Regrettable Authorial Choices Regarding Preteens
posted by Ghidorah at 12:33 AM on May 25 [8 favorites]


Yes, my research paper listed above is also by that selfsame researcher, Ghidorah!
posted by fairlynearlyready at 1:08 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


> “ Remembering Waterloo: PTSD and the political movements of mid-19th century Paris. - Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
[...]
The rest of my far-too-many suggestions were found.”

:jumps up and down in seat, hand waving frantically: Sir, sir, I got that one, I did, it’s my favourite, please sir, I want my gold star!
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 2:45 AM on May 25 [3 favorites]


And, I'm intrigued by how many of us jump immediately toward colons.

In college, I used to joke that someone really ought to write a paper with a title like “High Colonic: Gratuitous Punctuation in Academic Nomenclature”
posted by nickmark at 6:22 AM on May 25 [5 favorites]


Charles Dikkens, A Sale of Two Titties

I believe subsequent research revealed that Dikkens plagiarized the bulk of this work from Edmund Wells, author also of the homonymic masterworks Grate Expectations and David Coperfield. Wells is a fascinating if obscure author, believed to be an uncredited contributing editor to the Standard Book of British Birds (Expurgated).
posted by nickmark at 6:32 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Though late, some guesses. Since we're 2 days away from the original post I feel ok to try loads of them.

Fear Itself: A Sociological & Longitudinal Look at Childhood's Intersection with Trauma Harry Potter, that one with the Patronus.

An Examination of Language Semantics, Songs, and Mythological History in a Hypothetical Setting, by JRR Tolkien Silmarillion and I think the one about the morality of elves is also?

The Occult Psychogeography Of Victorian London: Masonic Connections to Architechtural and Urban Planning Now. This exactly fits Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd, though I suspect it's some other book.

Interior Lives: The Maintenace Of Self Under Extreme Psychological Stress The Metamorphosis?

A personal history of social and financial inequality as sequelae of confluent environmental, economic, and political impacts on agriculture in the United States during the 1920s-1930s I thought this was The Grapes of Wrath but then I really don't understand the later comment: By the author of “Cervical Trauma Secondary To Developmentally Inappropriate Animal-Asssisted Therapy?”

Company Town Comes to the Jungle: the Effects of Magical Realism and Isolation on Expansionist Capitalism 100 Years of Solitude? Am I dreaming?

Meta-Analysis of Diminished Identity and Other Idiosyncratic Events Within A Spontaneous Cosmic Wildlife Encroachment Haha, I would love for this to be Jurassic Park

Psychological and moral developmental predictors in a case of patricide Oedipus? Or is that too obvious?

Technical Manual A5913: Secondary Uses Of Megascale Launch Complexes For Stellar Engineering And I would love even more if this was Prometheus.

When the map is not the territory: a schizoanalytic survey of the effects of omnivalent sexual expression on the politics of the non-specific American metropolis and it’s literary ephemera. Wild guess: Tropic of Cancer.

A metaanalysis of a metaanalysis of ekphrastic exile The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas. This is a reach, and I'm proud of how far.

Science, Pseudoscience, or Magic? The Role of Messianic and Monastic Quasi-Religious Movements in Post-Imperial Political Evolution And surely this is also Dune?

F Is For Friends: Male Homosociality in Mycenean Military Camps The Iliad

And I honestly thought Baby, It's Cold Outside: Rethinking Sex and Gender in a Context of Universal Winter was going to be Game of Thrones. Cos yeah, that was sex and gender rethought as far as I'm concerned, never seen women so objectified in my life.
posted by glasseyes at 6:39 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


“I’ll eat you up!”: On the hubris of failed colonization
posted by ocherdraco at 7:22 AM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Sorry, Morfil Ffyrnig. I missed your answer. Take a second gold star for your trouble.

I had an interesting discussion with my spouse about colons in paper titles yesterday. It seems it's a real thing in the humanities, which I didn't quite realize. I can think of two real papers in my physci subfield with a colon, and one is a Shakespeare pun by a wacky guy nearing retirement. (Which may just mean I'm badly read.)
posted by eotvos at 7:26 AM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Psychological and moral developmental predictors in a case of patricide: Comparison among male siblings in 19th century Russia, with consideration of the acquisition and use of money, Christian monastic religious themes, alcohol use, competitive romantic aspirations among family members, epileptic and non-epileptic seizures, and putative miscarriage of justice. Dostoevsky, F. In The Russian Messenger. 1879-1880. Translated by Garnett, C., 1912.


A personal history of social and financial inequality as sequelae of confluent environmental, economic, and political impacts on agriculture in the United States during the 1920s-1930s: Migration from Oklahoma to California, with use of contemporary folk vernacular in examination of the eschatological role of Vitus irae. Steinbeck, J. 1939.
posted by sillyman at 8:26 AM on May 25


A personal history of social and financial inequality as sequelae of confluent environmental, economic, and political impacts on agriculture in the United States during the 1920s-1930s I thought this was The Grapes of Wrath but then I really don't understand the later comment: By the author of “Cervical Trauma Secondary To Developmentally Inappropriate Animal-Asssisted Therapy?”

glasseyes, I would say you're correct about the former, and the latter is Of Mice and Men.

I am impressed at everyone's ingenuity, both in obscufatory titling and in deciphering them!
posted by the primroses were over at 8:53 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Cervical Trauma Secondary To Developmentally Inappropriate Animal-Asssisted Therapy

Of Mice And Men!

My favorite by that author is "Tide Pool As Metaphor: Sociality and Agonism Along Monterey Bay"
posted by ChuraChura at 8:54 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Eat Me! A first person account of accidental childhood poisoning.


Alice in Wonderland!


I was going to say Infinite Jest.
posted by Balthamos at 9:38 AM on May 25 [1 favorite]


Capitalized late 20th century new car smell: A study of greed, fear and liquor.
posted by clavdivs at 10:53 AM on May 25


I think all of mine were identified - they weren't terribly difficult - but just in case:

An Interstellar Movement Contingency Field Manual for Trustees of Absorbent Textiles - "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", with a nod to the all-important towel.

Impolite Possessors of a Consecrated Vessel Using English as a Second Language "Monty Python's Holy Grail", with a nod to the French Taunters. Oh yass, it's verra nahce-eh

A Scrutiny of Divers Tragic and Comic Chronicles Based Within a Planate Formulated Testudines-Borne Macrocosm Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:10 AM on May 25


Domestic Horticulture and the Good Life: a Multinational Survey -- eiras got this right away, it's Candide, and I'm irrationally pleased with myself over this one.

Simak CD (1951). Extinction and speciation in post-urban landscapes. Maybe a giveaway since I included the author, but I couldn't resist the full citation style: this is Clifford Simak's City.

Science, Pseudoscience, or Magic? The Role of Messianic and Monastic Quasi-Religious Movements in Post-Imperial Political Evolution -- Isaac Asimov's Foundation, though I can definitely see where Dune came from.
posted by biogeo at 12:31 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


I remember the messianic (the Mule! er, ?) but not the monastic!

Anyhow I made a mistake about Hawksmoor, it's set in London just after the Great Plague so not Victorian. But apart from that teeny detail an exact fit!
posted by glasseyes at 1:06 PM on May 25


> Morbid Curiosity: Examination of Memory, Friendship, Social Expectation, Wilderness Hiking and Corpse Recovery in 1950s New England
sounds like The Secret History by Donna Tartt, so I meant for

> “This beautiful MacGuffin was almost destroyed by explosion—twice! You’ll never guess who stole it next”
to be The Goldfinch, but I have no idea whether

> A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability
(allegedly by the same author) actually matches the plot of The Little Friend.
posted by this one sparks joy at 1:15 PM on May 25


A metaanalysis of a metaanalysis of ekphrastic exile The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas. This is a reach, and I'm proud of how far.
posted by glasseyes at 8:39 on May 25 [+] [!]


Hah, that is a great answer. I was actually going for Pale Fire but Omelas works if you reallllly try
posted by jjray at 3:02 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


For "messianic" I was thinking the Foundation's relationship to Salvor Hardin himself, actually, and "monastic" was intended to reference the Second Foundation. Been a while since I've read those, though, so maybe the mapping isn't as good as it seemed to me.
posted by biogeo at 3:20 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability

either this is Carrie, or there was some subtext in Catcher in the Rye I seriously glossed right over
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 3:20 PM on May 25 [4 favorites]


Morbid Curiosity: Examination of Memory, Friendship, Social Expectation, Wilderness Hiking and Corpse Recovery in 1950s New England
sounds like The Secret History by Donna Tartt


Hmm, nope. Belongs to a researcher whose work was heavily cited in this thread.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:45 PM on May 25


Stand By Me? (er, The Body?)
posted by Knowyournuts at 3:48 PM on May 25 [2 favorites]


Company Town Comes to the Jungle: the Effects of Magical Realism and Isolation on Expansionist Capitalism 100 Years of Solitude? Am I dreaming?

Bingo. By the same researcher who studied the effects of waterborne transportation on frustrated relationships during pandemic outbreaks.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:30 PM on May 25


On the hubris of failed colonization

Where The Wild Things Are

As for answering:
Personal Memoirs of the Omnian Reformation
Small Gods

The Occult Psychogeography Of Victorian London: Masonic Connections to Architechtural and Urban Planning
From Hell

Interior Lives: The Maintenace Of Self Under Extreme Psychological Stress
Altered Carbon

F Is For Friends: Male Homosociality in Mycenean Military Camps
Close! Same author as Protofeminism and Witchcraft in the Ionian Islands
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:54 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


"A Study of the Effect of Outgrouping and Familial Abuse on Adolescent Development of Latent Psychic Ability"

I was so certain this was Matilda that I was reading Wikipedia to figure out which Roald Dahl book had a corpse in it.
posted by Tehhund at 5:32 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


Most of mine were pretty obvious, but here they are!

'My father took me to see ice:' an exploration of the effects of political upheaval on intergenerational familial identity
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Self expression under tyranny: fashion as resistance during the fall of Panem
The Hunger Games

Unrecognized toxic masculinity: causes, effects, and lasting damage
Eyebrows McGee was totally right, that Farewell to Arms was the one I originally had in mind! But, yeah, the correct answer is: everything. EVERYTHING.

The downfall of the pin: a history of collecting under the governance of Lord Vetinari
Going Postal. Good job, 5_13_23_42_69_666!

A practical guide to the interpretation of prophecy under nonideal conditions
Good Omens . Good job, okayokayigive!

Rome: 24 BCE -- 54 CE
I, Claudius and Claudius the God. I should have separated them out, so that's cheating I guess. Still, good job, Morfil Ffyrnig!
posted by meese at 6:42 PM on May 25 [7 favorites]


Eu- and Ou-: Human Interactions With Civilized Megafauna In Isolated Island Environments
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 PM on May 25


Crown v. Urvill -- The Crow Road (yes I know this doesn't quite work)

Case Report: Long-Term Recovery From Coma Resulting From Head Trauma In A Motorcycle Accident -- The Bridge

Field Manual 2341: Exploitation Of Leadership Selection Mechanisms In Target Political Entities - The Player of Games

Technical Manual A5913: Secondary Uses Of Megascale Launch Complexes For Stellar Engineering -- Feersum Endjinn (I may be misremembering a detail there; I haven't been able to make myself read any Banks since he died but I *think* that Serefha was the base of a beanstalk)
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 8:31 PM on May 25


Cetacean Communication Dynamics in the Post-Colonial Era: A Phenomenological Inquiry

Eyebrows McGee is correct, this is Moby Dick.

A Longitudinal Study and Holistic Exploration of Camellia Sinensis

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
posted by katra at 9:07 PM on May 25 [3 favorites]


Mine was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone, which I'm re-reading by listening to the Stephen Fry audiobook, this time as an adult, my job being to transition Year 7 students successfully into high school.
posted by freethefeet at 3:23 AM on May 26


(I keep thinking- "these students are incredibly unsupervised." and "how on earth did they get permission to run this activity?")
posted by freethefeet at 3:31 AM on May 26


I missed 24 hours by about a day. Mine were:
The Scar, by China Miéville
Last Call, by Tim Powers
Illusions, by Richard Bach,
and
Meta-Analysis of Diminished Identity and Other Idiosyncratic Events Within A Spontaneous Cosmic Wildlife Encroachment was not Jurassic Park (but that's pretty funny), but Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 3:39 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Inspection of Rolling Stock Undercarriages during the Reign of Alexander II, from the Journal of Russian Passenger Rail.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:01 AM on May 26 [1 favorite]


Three related:

Analysis and Prevention of Serial Cranial Trauma: A Primate Study
What a Tizzy: Separation Anxiety in South American Ungulates
Structural Integrity of Detached Housing in Hyperlocal Derecho Events. (S. Scrofa, PE)

And one not:

Your Glass Is Mine: Case Studies of Wordplay and Storytelling applied to Lost Generation/Early Boomer Trauma Therapy
posted by pianoblack at 7:48 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Close! Same author as Protofeminism and Witchcraft in the Ionian Islands
Heh! Nice one
posted by glasseyes at 7:49 AM on May 26


Well I must have a go at Eu- and Ou-: Human Interactions With Civilized Megafauna In Isolated Island Environments: The Amber Spyglass?

And I suspect Metaphysical Oceanography and Sustainable Astrology: The Sumerian/New England Connection is some Cthulu thing but I can't be having with Lovecraft.

Adolescents in the care of a professional: a case study of activities in non-permanent residential housing: Tracy Beaker?

And a go at A framework for numerical simulation of chaotic systems in celestial mechanics using gamified distributed computation : Fouquet's Pendulum, I book I got to within 7 pages of finishing due to circumstance (not my book) and never took up again because it would be such an effort to go over it all again. Plus the Vodoun episode puts me off big time.

There's some dozies left tho. Water Droplets Suspended at Ground Level Surrounding an Island of Malus Domestica: A Study of a Bibliophile's Ongoing Internal Struggle with the Connexion between Artist and Art - what could that be? It's intriguing and the spelling's gonna be a clue.

As for alternative descriptions thus far in the answers I make it 2 Harry Potters, 2 Silmarillions, 1 LOTR, 3 or 4 Moby Dicks, several Dunes and possibly 2 Jaws. Come back to the thread, question posers! Release us from our puzzlement!

Ooh, ooh, one more go: The narrative and the reflexive aspects of pictorial rural life envisioned in human and non human characters of the early 20th century: Collected Works of Beatrix Potter.
posted by glasseyes at 8:18 AM on May 26


Turns out there is a book about a misty apple island but somehow i think it might not quite be about internal struggles between artists and art ...
posted by glasseyes at 8:27 AM on May 26


What a Tizzy: Separation Anxiety in South American Ungulates
is that...
Color Preference and Distress Calls of L. glama?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:51 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Practical Witchcraft: Bee-keeping, Midwifery, and Scott"ish" Dialects - I was thinking mostly of Wintersmith, but I think any of the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett would work

Tide Pool As Metaphor: Sociality and Agonism Along Monterey Bay - Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
posted by ChuraChura at 10:07 AM on May 26


Medieval Simulacra, Poetic Appropriation, and the Agricultural Record: Evidence for Bovine Sampling of Cereal Meals
posted by nakedmolerats at 10:46 AM on May 26 [2 favorites]


What a Tizzy: Separation Anxiety in South American Ungulates
is that...
Color Preference and Distress Calls of L. glama?


Yes, that particular field of study seems to be a paper goldmine.
posted by pianoblack at 11:50 AM on May 26


> Analysis and Prevention of Serial Cranial Trauma: A Primate Study

This is either "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" or "Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" or both.
posted by this one sparks joy at 12:32 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


Or Donkey Kong...
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:38 PM on May 26 [1 favorite]


glasseyes: Tropic of Cancer is a fun guess, but I was going for Dhalgren.
posted by hototogisu at 2:45 PM on May 26


Oops, more than a day, but here we go.

Eyebrows had my number and got The Left Hand of Darkness pretty much instantly.

glasseyes's guess of Foucault's Pendulum for "A framework for numerical simulation..." reinforces my belief that I should probably read that book one of these days! But I was going for The Three-Body Problem.

And finally, the case study in how (not?) to hire a new manager for your factory is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
posted by egregious theorem at 4:06 PM on May 26 [1 favorite]


> Inspection of Rolling Stock Undercarriages during the Reign of Alexander II, from the Journal of Russian Passenger Rail.

Anna Karenina
posted by needled at 4:23 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


"Eyebrows had my number and got The Left Hand of Darkness pretty much instantly."

To be fair I was both babysitting the thread AND wrote my first term paper on Ursula LeGuin in my sophomore year of high school, so I was uniquely situated! (And yes, that means I wrote MORE THAN ONE TERM PAPER on LeGuin.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:54 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


One of my college papers I still remember and feel kind of proud about was a rhetorical analysis of her commencement address to Mills College in 1983, for a course in classical and modern rhetoric. It was one of those papers that started getting really hard to write as I dug into it, and then I finally had the breakthrough that that was the point; she deliberately was resisting traditional rhetorical analysis and breaking all the rules of classical rhetoric that we'd been studying, to explore the space of rhetorical speech not bound by traditional ideas derived from or subordinated to hegemonic masculinity. Maybe that would have been obvious to other folks with more background in gender studies and cultural criticism, but for me it was a revelation. I still love this speech and I think about it sometimes when I'm writing all sorts of things, including Metafilter comments.

This has nothing to do with our silly game, I just wanted to say I frikkin' love LeGuin.
posted by biogeo at 12:08 AM on May 27 [5 favorites]


Chess and Geography: Family Dynamics, Shifting Alliances, and Cross-Border Politics During the Rough Wooing, 1547 CE
posted by suelac at 2:58 PM on May 27


Eu- and Ou-: Human Interactions With Civilized Megafauna In Isolated Island Environments
The Dinotopia series

F Is For Friends: Male Homosociality in Mycenean Military Camps
The Song Of Achilles

Protofeminism and Witchcraft in the Ionian Islands
Circe, both by Madeline Miller
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:26 PM on May 27 [1 favorite]


Answers!

Analysis and Prevention of Serial Cranial Trauma: A Primate Study - Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
What a Tizzy: Separation Anxiety in South American Ungulates - Llama Llama Red Pajama - Ann Dewdney
Structural Integrity of Detached Housing in Hyperlocal Derecho Events. (S. Scrofa, PE) - Three Little Pigs

Your Glass Is Mine: Case Studies of Wordplay and Storytelling applied to Lost Generation/Early Boomer Trauma Therapy - Callahan's Crosstime Saloon - Spider Robinson
posted by pianoblack at 8:19 AM on May 28 [2 favorites]


(And yes, that means I wrote MORE THAN ONE TERM PAPER on LeGuin.)

The one English class I took in college was on SF/F, and I ended up writing my term paper on A Wizard of Earthsea (which was pushed off the syllabus for time after the professor got sick mid-term) and The Left Hand of Darkness (which wasn't even on the syllabus in the first place).

So I guess what I'm saying is I know where you're coming from.
posted by egregious theorem at 1:21 PM on May 28 [1 favorite]


"Chess and Geography" - Dunnett’s A Game of Kings?
posted by clew at 8:03 PM on May 30


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