John Waters on the Easter Rising

Check out Joseph Hogan's interview with Professor John Waters for a podcast he hosts about politics and culture! In the conversation, Professor Waters covers the literary and political significance of the Easter Rising, the 1916 rebellion of Irish nationalists and republicans against British rule. The podcast is available at 


Qui bien aime a tarde oblie’: Lemmata and Lists in the Parliament of Fowls

Congratulations to Martha Rust, whose essay, “‘Qui bien aime a tarde oblie’: Lemmata and Lists in the Parliament of Fowls" has just been published in the scholarly volume, Chaucer: Visual Approaches! "This collection looks beyond the literary, religious, and philosophical aspects of Chaucer’s texts to a new mode of interdisciplinary scholarship: one that celebrates the richness of Chaucer’s visual poetics. [...]


Encoding the Michael Field Diaries

During the late Victorian era, Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper published over 40 works under their joint pseudonym as ‘Michael Field’. But the couple’s most culturally-significant material is arguably in their unpublished diaries. These have, however, been inaccessible to most scholars for two reasons. Firstly, they are tucked away in the British Library archives. Secondly, the handwritten script, scrawled on thousands [...]


The Stage Lives of Animals: Zooesis and Performance–Una Chaudhuri

The Stage Lives of Animals examines what it might mean to make theatre beyond the human. In this stunning collection of essays, Una Chaudhuri engages with the alternative modes of thinking, feeling, and making art offered by animals and animality, bringing insights from theatre practice and theory to animal studies as well as exploring what animal studies can bring to [...]



The acclaimed poet, memoirist, and essayist Maureen N. McLane here charts a new path into vital genre-bending territories. Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric, Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes offers something else—“life . . . a continual allegory” (to invoke Keats): a life intense, episodic, female, sexual, philosophical, romantic, analytic. Tracking the growth of one poet’s [...]


“Pricking in Virgil”: Early Modern Prophetic Phronesis and the Sortes Virgilianae

This essay explores the early modern reemergence of the sortes Virgilianae, a practice that involves opening a bound copy of Virgil (often with a pin) and finding prophecy in the verse upon which the seeker lands. Examining the accounts of the sortes in antiquity and in the Renaissance, as well as Renaissance writings that explicitly propose the sortes as a [...]


British Literature and Visual Culture Timeline

As part of a course on the relationships between the literary and pictorial arts from the Renaissance to the modern period in England, students contribute online to a comparative timeline exploring how literary and visual culture have responded to each other across history. Collaborators: Jeffrey Spear and Ernest Gilman (Spring 2013 ENGL graduate course: "Art and Literature")


Death, Mourning, and the Macabre in Antebellum Gift Books

From about 1820 through 1860, gift books were a prominent component of the antebellum literary scene. Designed to be given at Christmas time, the books had covers decorated with gold and included titles like The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present  or Forget Me Not: A Christmas and New Year’s Present. Each year, a new edition of these books would be released in [...]


Playtesting Philosophy: Identity (Re)Construction and Ethical Exploration in The Talos Principle.

Playtesting, n.: “a method of quality control that takes place at many points during the video game design process. A selected group of users play unfinished versions of a game to work out flaws in gameplay, level design, and other elements, as well as to discover and resolve bugs and glitches.” What happens when a philosophical encounter becomes an activity, [...]


Hearing the Music of the Hemispheres

[The Drama Review’s] first born-digital multimodal article by Erin B. Mee analyzes Music of the Hemispheres as a concert, a film, a portrait, an improv, and a performed (neural) performance analysis that offers new ways of thinking about perception, spectatorship, and the brain. The article, using Scalar, incorporates film, video, and audio clips that are integrated in, and central to, [...]


Margaret Sanger Papers Project

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project is an NYU-based historical editing project, begun in 1985 to locate, arrange, edit, research, and publish the papers of the noted birth control pioneer. The Project has so far transcribed and encoded (using TEI) over 600 speeches and articles and is in the process of proofreading them, adding subject metadata in the form of index [...]


Visualizing the Piers Plowman Manuscript Corpus

A network modeling project that looks at the co-occurrence of works bound with the Piers Plowman poem: each node represents one work that appears in a Piers manuscript; that node is connected to other nodes in order to visualize the work’s co-occurrence with others in the same manuscript.  Nodes and the edges (lines) that connect them grow in proportion to [...]


Organism for Poetic Research and PELT

The Organism for Poetic Research (OPR) organizes and initiates events that open a collaborative field for experimentation and research performed in the humanities, the natural sciences, the visual arts and poetry. PELT is a newly launched magazine that publishes work by artists and academics connected with OPR events. The OPR website advertises calls for work and OPR events, publishes proceedings [...]


Time, Place, and the Idea of Home

Over the course of the semester, students populated an interactive map and timeline with data obtained by completing a series of assignments pertaining to our texts’ topographies and topics, their temporalities and their times. On a practical level, these sites facilitated students’ visualization of the immense geography and chronology the course spans; more critically, they invited students to think about [...]


Sabor! Locating Latinidad in Youth Literature

When I was taking an American literature survey course in my undergraduate studies, my professor asked us, “What is so recognizably American about this book that it could have only been written by an American author about America? In other words, what about this book tastes American?” It is to this question that I dedicate my title “Sabor!” A taste, [...]


Reading Children – Pat Crain

What does it mean for a child to be a "reader" and how did American culture come to place such a high value on this identity? Reading Children offers a history of the relationship between children and books in Anglo-American modernity, exploring long-lived but now forgotten early children's literature, discredited yet highly influential pedagogical practices, the property lessons inherent in [...]


Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida – Juliet Fleming

“Cultural Graphology” could be the name of a new human science: this was Derrida’s speculation when, in the late 1960s, he imagined a discipline that combined psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and a commitment to the topic of writing. He never undertook the project himself, but he did leave two brief sketches of how he thought cultural graphology might proceed. In this book, [...]