Category: Literature & Language

  • Public + Digital Humanities

    Public + Digital Humanities

    What happens when a media production specialist and literature educator work together? We decide to make a video-based mural of the different counties in our home state where we invite folks to pointedly recognize and celebrate the diversity around us. Margaret Baker (PhD student in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at NC State University) and I […]

  • The Things We Believe In: Thoughts on Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s “A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear”

    The Things We Believe In: Thoughts on Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s “A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear”

    Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s 2020 book A Libertarian Walks Into A Bear: The Utopian Plot To Liberate An American Town (And Some Bears) offers a glimpse at the socio-political equivalent of a train crash. The author’s excavation of the history of Grafton, New Hampshire, and his interviews with its residents etch humorous, yet haunting portrayals of a […]

  • Forthcoming Volume – D’Annunzio and World Literature

    Forthcoming Volume – D’Annunzio and World Literature

    We are pleased to announce that the project’s book volume, D’Annunzio and World Literature: Multilingualism, Translation, Reception, is under contract with Edinburgh University Press and forthcoming.  Gabriele d’Annunzio was an internationally renowned artist of literary decadence and modernism, one of the few Italian authors of his generation whose translation and reception occurred as he wrote – not […]

  • Reflecting on a Year of Book Collecting

    Reflecting on a Year of Book Collecting

    In a way, a cookbook is a little world of its own. There is something magical that happens when you read, say, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking or Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat. In a sense, yes, they are short scripts of instructions dictating the preparation of specific items of food, […]

  • News release: Printed Pathways in Latino Periodicals

    News release: Printed Pathways in Latino Periodicals

    Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage’s US Latino Digital Humanities program (USLDH) announces the release of “Printed Pathways in US Latino Periodicals.” This digital project is a comprehensive authority list that contains robust bibliographic information about Latina/o authors and poets who published in US Latino periodicals. With over 4,800 records, “Printed Pathways” makes visible the complex […]

  • I Love Wanda: Transcending the Screen of Gender Roles

    I Love Wanda: Transcending the Screen of Gender Roles

    In the past, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has often been critiqued for falling short with its development of female characters. In favor of action-packed movies, nuance and development of characters was often implied as background or crammed into origin movies. Of course, until 2019, no female Marvel character had been given her own origin […]

  • Everything Change, Volume III: An Anthology of Climate Fiction

    Everything Change, Volume III: An Anthology of Climate Fiction

    On April 22, 2021, in honor of Earth Day, the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University published Everything Change, Volume III, a digital collection of short stories by writers from around the world, exploring the climate crisis and how human responses to it will shape the futures we will inhabit. The anthology […]

  • Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures

    Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures

    Today, Arizona State University published Cities of Light, a collection of science fiction, art, and essays about how the transition to solar energy will transform our cities and catalyze revolutions in politics, governance, and culture. The book is a collaboration between ASU and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It explores solar futures in four […]

  • Campbell and the Computer (2): 1949

    Campbell and the Computer (2): 1949

    The year of publication of Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces turns out to have been a fortuitous one, as far as my own work and personal retrospective go, anyway. The same post-war academic flurry produced Alan Turing’s landmark 1949 paper ‘Can Machines Think?’, containing the mathematician’s speculations on the capacities of Turing’s newly-advanced computational engines […]

  • Introductory Post: Kira Schukar

    Introductory Post: Kira Schukar

    Hi everyone! My name is Kira (she/her). I’m a third-year undergrad at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I study English Literature and Geography. Right now, I am in the early exploratory stage of my senior honors project in English. My research focuses on the intersection between audio storytelling, literature, and identity. Through a […]