BOOK

Animal, Vegetable, Digital: Experiments in New Media Aesthetics and Environmental Poetics. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2016.

EDITED COLLECTIONS

“Digital and Natural Ecologies,” a special “gathering” of the electronic book review (spring 2016).

“The Literary,” a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, co-edited with Jessica Pressman (2013).

ARTICLES

“External Memory Drives: Deletion and Digitality in Agrippa (A Book of The Dead).” Science Fiction Studies (summer 2016): (9,000 words, approx.).

“Nature’s Agents: Chreods, Code, Plato, and Plants.” electronic book review (summer 2014): (9,000 words, approx.).

“Cyberpunk.” Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Lori Emerson, Marie-Laure Ryan, and Ben Robertson, Editors. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2014.

“Galatea’s Riposte: The Reception and Receptacle of Interactive Fiction.” electronic book review (Fall 2013): (8,000 words, approx.).

“Mr. Wednesday’s Game of Chance: Causality and Constant Conjunction in American Gods.” Neil Gaiman and Philosophy. Chicago, IL: Open Court, 2012.

“Science Fiction and Environmentalism.” A Sense of Wonder: a Century of Science Fiction. Ed. Leigh Grossman. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, 2011.

“’Terminal Hopscotch’: Navigating Networked Space in Talan Memmott’s Lexia to Perplexia.” Contemporary Literature (Fall 2011): pp. 493-521.

“Capsules and Nodes & Ruptures and Flows: Circulating Subjectivity in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.” Science Fiction Studies (March 2010): 54-80.

“Wax Blocks, Data Banks, and File #0467839: The Archive of Memory in William Gibson‟s Science Fiction.” InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 1.2 (2005). 10 Oct. 2007: (8,600 words).

“Landscape and Locodescription in William Gibson.” Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction 98 (Autumn 2006): 16-27.

“Haunted Voiced, Hollow Spaces, and the Birth of the Rock Star Bride: Reassessing the Role of the Body in William Gibson‟s Cyberpunk Fiction.” The Cultural Influences of William Gibson, the “Father” of Cyberpunk Science Fiction. Ed. Carl B. Yoke & Carol L. Robinson. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. 157-185.

“Healthy Lies and Downcast Eyes: Marketing Ethnic Identity in Sandra Cisneros‟ Caramelo.” Critical Essays on Chicano Studies. Ed. Ramón Espejo, Juan-Ignacio Guijarro, Jesús Lerate de Castro, Pilar Marín, & María Ángeles Toda Iglesias. Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2007. 233-244.

“Records, Projections, and the Dixie Flatline: Character Loops in Adolfo Bioy Casares‟ La invención de Morel and William Gibson‟s Neuromancer.” Tinta Annex: Selected Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference on Lusophone and Hispanic Literature and Culture (Winter 2004): 161-175.

“Computer-Aided Prayer: Faith in Bits and the Cinema,” New Contemplative Review, Journal of Spirituality Studies. Vol. 1, Issue 1. Summer 2004

REVIEWS

Rev. of Anatomy of a Robot, by Despina Kakoudaki. Science Fiction Studies (July 2015).

“Deterring Technological Determinism through a Culture of Design, a Review of Anne Balsamo’s Designing Culture: the Technological Imagination at Work.” Metascience (Nov. 2012).

A New “Gospel of the Three Dimensions”: Expanding the Boundaries of Digital Literature in Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla’s Beyond the Screen.Electronic Book Review (Nov. 2011).

Rev. of Digitize this Book, by Gary Hall; From Gutenberg to Google, by Peter L. Shillingsburg; and Poetic Acts and New Media, by Tom O’Connor. American Literature (June 2011):466-468.

Rev. of Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age, by Dominic Pettman. JAC: Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, Politics 28 (June 2010): 790-798.

Rev. of Machine-Age Comedy, by Michael North, and Exfoliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path, by Terry Harpold. American Literature (June 2010): 447-449.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP

“Spore 1.0” A group curation for In Media Res: a Media Commons Project‘s theme on “Media and Technology.” With Lindsay Averill, Connor Boyle, Jennifer Cox, Valorie Ebert, Taylor Howard, Russell Krum, Phil Mazzeo, and Kalisha Thomas.

“Tetrad Assignment” & “Introducing New Media Syllabus.”  ELMCIP’s Anthology of European Electronic Literature (2012).

Entries for the Electronic Literature Directory. Short critical entries about the following  works of electronic literature, written between 2009-2010:

“I, You, We.” Dan Waber and Jason Pimble (2005).
//**Code_UP. Giselle Beiguelman (2004).
CYOA. Christian Swinhart (2009).
“The Book after the Book.” Giselle Beiguelman (1999).
“Ceci n’est pas un Nike.” Giselle Beiguelman (2002).
“My Body—a Wunderkammer.” Shelley Jackson (1997).
Clearance. Dreaming Methods (2008).
“Textural Textuality.” Joyce R. Walker (Kairos 2002).

Reports for the Transliteracies Research Project: Short critical research reports about key artworks, objects, and technologies related to online reading, written between 2007-2008

The Internet Archive
“esc for escape”
Google Print
Inform.com
“The Legible City”
Sony Reader
“Reading as Gathering”

CREATIVE WRITING

“Land of the Gaping Mouths” (creative non-fiction). What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest. Ed. Susan Wittig Albert. Austin, TX: U of Texas Press, 2007. Print.

“Palindrome” (creative non-fiction). Waking up American: Coming of Age Biculturally. Ed. Angela Jane Fountas. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2005. Print.

“The Leaping Bavarians and Other Stories” (short story “chapbook”). Terminus Magazine, Summer 2004. Print.

“The Leaping Bavarians” (short story). Closer Magazine. 1.26 (2004). Print.

“The Grass Witch” (short fantasy story). Fantastical Visions II. Ed. W. H. Horner. Fantasist Enterprises, 2003. Print.

“Batwing” (short story). Nidus. Web. Spring 2003.

“Saturday” (short story). Family Gatherings (Anthology), Outrider Press, June 2003. Print.

“Lower Back Pain” (short story). Mid-American Review. 22.1 (2001). Print.

“Tale of the Crimson Madder” (short story). Moxie Magazine. February 2001. Print.

“Panama House,” “The Toothache Tree” (poems). New CollAge Magazine, June 2000. Print.

“The Chariot of Inti” (short science fiction story). Digital Catapult. 2000. Web.

 

Mediums and Messages

Much of the discussion coming out of the field of the Digital Humanities focuses upon how “the” new media are changing the ways we communicate, the ways we express ourselves, and the ways we understand new and old modes of expression. There are several problems with this emphasis. In the first place, it treats new media as a monolithic entity, when they are instead a diverse collection of cultural and technological practices. Secondly, by granting agency to new media, it participates implicitly in untenable ideas of technological determinism. Finally, and most importantly, it neglects the fact that human beings and human bodies have always formed integral parts of expressive communication technologies. By switching the focus from “media” to “mediums,” a word that signifies both human and technological conduits of information, and by tracing the way human beings have participated in circuits of communication from antiquity to today, “Mediums and Messages” offers a corrective to this trend by foregrounding the manner in which we are all imbricated in practices of communication, digital or otherwise.

 

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Presentations and Talks

PRESENTATIONS (select)
A selection of talks and related events can be found by on  the “Talks” category on this site.
A complete account of presentations, talks, workshops, and guest lectures is detailed on my c.v.

(Invited) “SF in the Classroom.” Campbell Science Fiction Conference: “From the Fringes to the Classroom:What’s Next in Science Fiction Education?” University of Kansas. Lawrence, KA. June 2015 <http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/campbell-conference.htm

“Nature’s Agents: Chreods, Code, Plato, and Plants.” Locating the Text: Electronic Literature Organization Annual Meeting.  Paris, France. Sept. 2013.

“The Sublime Nature of Empress & Hierophant–or, Re-mixing Romanticism in Second Life.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 2014.

(Invited) “Going to Market.” UCSB Comparative Literature Job Market Workshop. October 2013; “On Debates in the Digital Humanities.” Guest Lecture for Professor Catherine Nesci’s Proseminar in Comparative Literature. UCSB. October 2013.

“Nature’s Agents: Chreods, Code, Plato, and Plants.” Locating the Text: Electronic Literature Organization Annual Meeting.  Paris, France. Sept. 2013.

“The Strange Syntax of AL and HAL: ALPHA 60, the HAL-9000, and the Tension Between Visual and Verbal Signs in 2001 and Alphaville.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 2013.

(Convener) “Digital Technology, Environmental Aesthetics, Eco-critical Discourse.” Special Session on Digital Humanities and the Environment. Modern Language Association Boston, MA Jan 2013.

“Greening the Game: Community, Conservation, Online Play.” Electronic Roundtable on Teaching with Games. Modern Language Association. Boston, MA Jan. 2013.

“Galatea’s Riposte: The Reception and Receptacle of Interactive Fiction.” Electronic Literature Organization’s Annual Conference. West Virginia University. Morgantown, WV. June 2012.

(Invited) “How Green My e-Garden Grows.” UCSB Comparative Literature Job Market Workshop. October 2012.

(Invited) “Teaching Science Fiction.” Science Fiction Symposium. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, CA. May 2012.

(Invited Keynote) “Welcome to the Green House: Science Fiction, Conservation, and the Future of Domestic Space.” Science Fiction Across Media: Alternative Histories, Alien Futures Conference. Umeå University, Sweden. April 2012.

“Alice in 3D: Revisualizing Narrative in Tim Burton and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. Boston, MA. April 2012.

“’A Single Frame of a Bird in Flight’: Editing Memory in Chris Marker’s La jetée and William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition” American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Conference. Brown University, Providence, RI. March 2012.

“Reading the Evolutionary Signposts in Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle and H. G. Wells’ Time Machine.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 2012.

(Invited) “Metadata and Pedagogy.” Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities. Brown University. Providence, RI. March 2012.

(Invited) “Power Zoom: Reading the Future through the Lens of the Past.” Digital Platforms and the Future of Books. University of Florida’s Digital Assembly. Gainesville, FL. January 2012.

(A complete version of my c.v. is available in pdf.

SF Film Series

Jenna Ng, Jim Barrett, Scott Svatos, and other members of HUMlab and I started the HUMlab Science Fiction Film Series in 2010: “dedicated to bringing interesting science fiction movies to Umeå University for both entertainment and scholarly purposes. Films are centered around the general notion of human identity in relation to technology. In HUMlab, students, scholars, and artists explore the world using technology, seek to define and push the boundaries of current technological devices and tools, and investigate the nature of technology itself. The films in the Science Fiction film series do the same thing. We will explore technological issues by screening films that offer interesting perspectives both in terms of both content and production technique. This is not a series of “science fiction greats,” but a selection of movies that have something unique to say about the increasingly technological world in which we live.”

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Self Dot Net

Starting with the premise that traditionally cherished notions about subjectivity and selfhood have shifted since Classical and Enlightenment thought, this course examines how network technologies of the current age can be seen as co-extensive with representations of identity in contemporary aesthetic works. Through an analysis of various examples drawn from cinema, literature, philosophy, and digital art, we will consider the possibility of a “networked self” and interrogate what might be constitutive of such an entity.

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Media Places Conference

“Green Mansions, Pixel Forests” was my swansong to Sweden.  I’d been a post-doc in HUMlab for a year, and after I presented this paper as a part of the Media Places Conference (2010), I was on a plane for LA the next day. This was a phenomenal conference; I was proud to have been invited to participate.  My talk, along with several outstanding others, is archived on the conference website.

Robots

This course will consider robots, robotics, and artificial intelligence in literature and art, in order to explore the following questions: What distinguishes artificial intelligence from human intelligence? What distinguishes the artificially-constructed robot body from the human form? How has the increased computational power of the current age impinged (or not) upon notions of subjectivity and identity? What cultural anxieties and optimisms about mechanization play out in expressions of robotics and AI in literature and film? What, in the final analysis, distinguishes the human animal from its mechanized metallic progeny—or are we, as Andy Clark suggests in his latest book, “natural-born cyborgs”?

 

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Data Made Flesh

In addition to providing a general introduction to literary study, this course will seek and explore connections between literature and technology, with special emphasis paid to issues of identity in the Age of Information. Through a close reading of a broad range of literary forms, including comic books, novels, short fiction, poetry, and hyper-linked meta-texts, we will consider the role technology plays in our conception of human being, as well as how our conception of human being shapes and influences our technology. In light of this guiding consideration, we will discuss and question techno-textual representations and manifestations of things such as memory, gender, information, science, consciousness, and embodiment.

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Teaching Experience

Teaching (Select)
A selection of course web sites and assignments can be found on the “Teaching” section of this site. A complete summary of my teaching experience is available on my c.v.  in pdf.

Florida Atlantic University

Dystopian Fiction (LIT4001).  This upper-division course explores the relation between utopian and dystopian fiction.

Literature and the Environment (LIT4434).  This upper-division course explores intersections between literary and natural ecologies.

Introduction to Literary Theory (LIT3213). This undergraduate course introduces students to important instances of literary and aesthetic theory from antiquity to the present day.

Science Fiction and Simulation (LIT3313). This upper-division course provides an introduction to the genre, with a focus upon simulation, semblance, and virtuality.

Utopian Literature (ENG6932). This graduate seminar considers the inextricable links between utopian practice, impulse, and aesthetics.

Principles and Problems of Literary Study (ENG6009). This graduate seminar provides a survey of literary theory, terminology, and methodology.

Science Fiction and the Environment (LIT6318). This graduate seminar considers expressions of nature within science fiction.

Colloquium in English (ENG6925). This discussion-based workshop is offered to the FAU English Department’s graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and focuses upon pedagogical practices in their composition courses.

Literary Criticism I (LIT5018). This graduate seminar provides a survey of major literary/philosophical movements from antiquity to the 18th century.

20th Century American Novel (AML3121). This upper-division course introduces students to major literary and aesthetic movements within the American novel.

Science Fiction (LIT3313) This upper-division course provides an introduction to the genre, with a focus upon representations of nature and environment.

Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG3822). This gateway course offers an introduction to techniques of literary analysis.

Interpretation of Fiction (LIT2010). This lower-division course offers a writing-intensive introduction to writing and research methods in the study of fiction.

New Cyborg Theory (LIT6932). This graduate seminar charts an alternative literary-aesthetic genealogy of the concept of the cyborg

Fantasy Literature (LIT3312). This upper-division course provides an introduction to this enduring literary genre.

Brandeis University

Mediums and Messages (Comparative Literature 163A). This course explores how human beings and human bodies participate in expressive communication technology, digital or otherwise.

Introducing (New) Media (English 48A). This course offers a broad orientation to issues in the digital humanities.

Self.net (Humanities 125A / 6320). This course examines how network technologies of the current age can be seen as co-extensive with representations of identity in contemporary aesthetic works.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Comparative Literature 30C Major Works of European Literature from the Romantic to the contemporary period

Comparative Literature 146 “Robots,” an upper division course focusing on intersections between literature and technology

Writing 50 “Technology and Society,” Writing and the Research Process

English 10 “Data Made Flesh or Flesh Turned Code? Issues of Identity in the Digital Age,” Introduction to Literature and the Culture of Information

Writing 2 “Introduction to Academic Writing”

(A complete version of my c.v. is available in pdf.

Current Projects, Working Groups, and Professional Service

Science Fiction Studies (SFS) (Editor, 2016-present). SFS is a leading journal in the critical analysis of Science Fiction.

Electronic Book Review (Critical Ecologies Thread Editor, 2015-present). Electronic Book Review (ebr) is a peer-reviewed journal of critical writing produced and published by the emergent digital literary network and a proud member of the Open Humanities Press.

MLA Discussion Group on Media and Literature (Elected Member, 2013-2018).  This group organizes panels and other events for the MLA’s annual convention.

Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) (Peer Review Advisor, 2011-present). DHQ is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), DHQ is also a community experiment in journal publication.

The Electronic Literature Directory (Editorial Working Group Member, 2009-Present). The Electronic Literature Directory is a vital resource devoted to the study of electronic literature and a partner of the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL).

Past Projects, Working Groups, and Professional Service

Science Fiction Studies (SFS) (Editorial Consultant, 2012-2016). SFS is a leading journal in the critical analysis of Science Fiction.

The Agrippa Files (Editor, Archival Documents; Co-Editor, Bibliography) The Agrippa Files is a scholarly site that offers a unique archive of materials related to the creation and early reception of the original art book.

A.M.P. Lab at F.A.U. (Co-P.I., with Drs. Wendy Hinshaw and Barclay Barrios. Florida Atlantic University, 2013-present). The Advanced Media Production Lab serves as a production lab and seminar space for students and faculty within the College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. The A.M.P. Lab hosts seminars, screenings, lectures, and skill-building workshops and serves as a site of interdepartmental collaboration among students and faculty.

ARTMargins (Managing Editor, 2007-2008) Founded in 1998, ARTMargins is an on-line journal devoted to contemporary Central and Eastern European visual culture.

Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture (Comparative Literature Graduate Representative, 2005-2006) The Consortium brings together faculty and graduate students from the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at UCSB to advance collaborative research in literary studies.

Digital Humanities and Social Justice (Co-P.I., with Drs. Wendy Hinshaw and Mirya Holman. Florida Atlantic University, 2014-2015).  This collaborative, interdisciplinary research initiative brings together students and faculty at FAU to participate in interactive workshops on the topic of DH & SJ.

New Visions of Nature, Science, and Religion (Graduate Student Researcher, 2004-2005) Ultimately, science and religion both attend to the same ultimate reality, the same biophysical and human nature. By working toward synthesis of contemporary visions of nature, New Visions of Nature, Science and Religion aims to provide an important metaphysical meeting ground for these two great traditions.

Sunspinner (co-editor, 2004-2006)  was a two-year-long experiment in the form of an online literary journal, created and lovingly edited by myself and EM Lewis and designed by Scott Svatos.  With a budget of zero dollars per year, we created four beautiful issues of poetry, fiction, interviews, and reviews, which we continue to archive.

Transliteracies (Project Coordinator / Graduate Student Researcher, 2005-2007) Established in 2005, the Transliteracies Project includes scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and engineering in the University of California system (and in the future other research programs). It will establish working groups to study online reading from different perspectives; bring those groups into conjunction behind a shared technology development initiative; publish research and demonstration software; and train graduate students working at the intersections of the humanistic, social, and technological disciplines.

UC New Media Directory (Contributing Editor, 2006-2007) The area of “new media studies” has recently emerged at the intersection of humanities, arts, social science, and computer science research into digital, networked technologies and their cultural implications. The UC New Media Directory provides a guide to new media researchers and programs in the University of California system, which has invested strategically in this area.

Women Writers Project (XML Intern, Fall 2009) WWP is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. Its goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader.

In addition to the above, I serve as an anonymous reader/reviewer for a number of conferences, journals, book publishers, and organizations, including DH2013, DH2012, DH2011, the Electronic Literature Organization, and MELUS, and have volunteered for various community service organizations, including Girls, Inc. (Sarasota, FL); the Adult Literacy Outreach Program (Oxnard, CA); and the Getty Villa (Malibu).