Category: Literature & Language

  • 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 […]

  • MLA Panel on “D’Annunzio as World Literature,” Thursday Jan. 7 @ 5:15pm (EST)

    MLA Panel on “D’Annunzio as World Literature,” Thursday Jan. 7 @ 5:15pm (EST)

    Please join us for our panel at the upcoming MLA Convention (Toronto, 2021, held remotely): Session 192 – D’Annunzio as World Literature: Translation and Reception in the Wake of Decadence Thursday, January 7, 5:15pm-6:30pm EST Please note: Attendence requires registration for the MLA Convention Panel details: Presider Michael Subialka, University of California, Davis   Presentations Cosmopolitanism in […]

  • Introduction Post: All About those Stories

    Hi Everyone, I’m Sam, a creative writer and instructor who seeks to diversify and challenge dominant narratives. This is a broad and relatively overused statement, I know, but it is the overarching theme in all my interests: in fiction, it involves writing a novel that humanizes individuals who struggle with addiction and class; in teaching, it involves […]

  • Madwomen in Quarantine: The Wallpaper We Have Yet to Tear

    Madwomen in Quarantine: The Wallpaper We Have Yet to Tear

      Mad “ Of a person, action, disposition, etc.: uncontrolled by reason or judgement; foolish, unwise… of a person: insane, crazy; mentally unbalanced or deranged; subject to delusions or hallucinations” (OED) Apply the definition above to females, and you have the recipe for the madwoman. Across much of 19th-century literature, these women scour pages scaring […]

  • Being thoughtful on “academizing” and accessibility in poetry writing

    In my experience what has drawn me to poetry was its accessibility in terms of being able to produce art from an “ameatur” standpoint and having others quickly “get it.” I encapsulate a thought that comes to me and write it down and share it with friends and peers. Lately, after taking classes in graduate […]

  • Hacking the History of Hackensack

    Hacking the History of Hackensack

    I live in Hackensack, New Jersey, and have been living here for two years. Our class was assigned a neighborhood walk, and for the assignment we had to turn off technology and spend time getting to know our neighborhoods and their histories. I usually don’t walk around my neighborhood much and definitely not to observe […]

  • An Introduction to “The Toni Morrison Dataset”

    An Introduction to “The Toni Morrison Dataset”

    Toni Morrison remains as an invaluable and popular literary icon within the African American and American literary traditions. “The Toni Morrison Dataset” is a collection of bibliographic information (i.e. publication title, publication date, publication decade, author gender) about critical articles, essays, and book chapters published roughly between the 1970s and 2020s on Toni Morrison’s fiction. […]

  • Call for Submissions – PSA 33, Special Issue on “Six Characters as World Literature”

    Call for Submissions – PSA 33, Special Issue on “Six Characters as World Literature”

    Call for Submissions PSA XXXIII (2020) Co-editors: Enza De Francisci, Lisa Sarti, and Michael Subialka   PSA, the journal of the Pirandello Society of America, is happy to announce its upcoming special issue devoted to Six Characters as World Literature (volume 33, which will be published in spring 2021). Celebrating the centenary of one of […]