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Modernist Interference: Inhuman Frequencies between Modernism and Media
This project argues for the existence and role of an idiosyncratic tradition of media theory within modernist aesthetic practice over the course of the twentieth century. This tradition in modernism and media theory is organized around the concept of interference. Modernism and media theory interfere with each other in ways that amplify or diminish ...
Topology and Narrative
A topological approach to narrative theory.
Theophanic Reasoning: Science, Secrets, and the Stars from Spenser to Milton
Theophanic Reasoning: Science, Secrets, and the Stars from Spenser to Milton posits that early modern English literary figures use the concept of theophany, the material or transferred presence of God in the terrestrial world, to respond to the vacuum of doubt instigated after Nicolaus Copernicus published his astronomical observations in 1543. From ...
Mutatis Mutandis: Reverse Mimesis and Literary Modernism
Mutatis Mutandis: Reversed Mimesis in Modernist Literature traces the emergence of an aesthetic practice of “reverse mimesis” in both Anglo-American and Continental European traditions of modernist literature and visual arts. Analyzing works by H. G. Wells, Sophie Treadwell, and Alfred Hitchcok, as well as Avant-Garde pieces by Alfred Jarry, Raoul ...
Savage Arcadia: The American Romance in The Anthropocene
“Savage Arcadia: The American Romance in the Anthropocene” posits American writers of the romance have been writing about what we now call the Anthropocene, the geological epoch in which human activity becomes geographically and environmentally measurable and irreversible, for over 200 years. From the American Renaissance, with figures such as Nathaniel ...
The double life of Jane Fairfax: a study of the shadow novel in Jane Austen's Emma
Jane Austen incorporates a novel within a novel in Emma. Jane Fairfax's romance shadows the main storv. The two texts provide a double perspective, allowing Austen to include in her rational, sociallv sanctioned love story, a method of self-conscious comment. The double narrative shows the interplay in both texts between consciousness and convention. ...
Withdrawal and return in the works of Coleridge
In much of Coleridge's verse one can find the theme of withdrawal and return, a concept explained by Arnold J. Toynbee in A Study of History, In the development of civilizations certain gifted individuals withdraw from society in order to achieve greater insight, acquire enhanced powers, and discover a more profound level of reality. Often the ...
Howells, Dos Passos and the changing American success ethic
William Dean Howells and John Dos Passos were the literary spokesmen for their respective eras. In A Modern Instance. Howells documents the failure of a marriage that, by the standards of contemporary romantic fiction, should have been a success; instead, it ends in divorce. Howells uses this failed marriage as a metaphor for other types of failure ...
National Bodies: Epidemiologies of Belonging and the Literature of American Public Health
Tracing the experiences of assimilation, exclusion, and exploitation that accompany demographic change, "National Bodies" reveals the ways in which community is biologically constituted through the spread of contagion, defined by epidemiological records, governed through public health policy, and discursively produced across genres. It draws from an ...
Novel Economies: A Literary Pre-History of U.S. Commercial Capitalism, 1730-1859
“Novel Economies” demonstrates that American literature played a fundamental role in enabling large-scale economic change in the United States, namely it helped acclimate and introduce the reading public to the virtues of commercial exchange and industrial production. Although current scholarship on early American literature assumes that literature ...