“Of Rare Compatibility”: Jen Bervin’s Silk Poems and Making Kin in the Sericene
David Perry
Abstract: Scripting what may be read as a “string figure” companion to Donna Haraway’s Chthulucene, Jen Bervin’s 2017 Silk Poems project becomes entangled with the damage of the Anthropocene—and with projects of recuperation in the face of that damage—via a proposed Sericene: an ecopoetic weaving of human-worm-moth symbiosis in silk, a human voicing articulated through the nonhuman person...
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What is Migrant Thinking? Trans, Fusion, and the Bracket
Ranjan Ghosh
Abstract: This essay introduces Ghosh’s idea of trans(in)fusion and argues out his thesis on “migrant thinking.” What kind of “critical thinking” does trans(in)fusion envisage? Is all envisagement a kind of form? Can critical thinking be envisaged at all? If envisaged, what kind of cosmopolitan and migrant motor does it undertake and initiate? Ghosh talks about the poetics and politics of ...
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When Interfaces Interfere: Crashlands, Cancer, and Embodied Gaming
Brian Reed
Abstract: In Gameworld Interfaces, Kristine Jørgensen maintains that the best interfaces provide an optimal amount of useful information about a gameworld without becoming obtrusive. Video games are, however, complex objects, and sometimes they serve purposes other than entertaining users through facilitating immersive gameplay. They can, for instance, promote educational and aesthetic ends tha...
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Shakespeare and Experimental American Poetry
Alan Golding
Abstract: Why the particular emphasis proposed in my title on Shakespeare’s importance for experimental or avant-garde American poetry? We can take Shakespeare’s significance for American poetry generally, as for most writers in the English language, as a given. One can certainly trace Shakespeare’s presence in a wide range of more mainstream twentieth-century poetry, from John Berryman to A...
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“An Aquatic Reverie” | Mallarmé’s Writing on Water and the Naming of Waves
Clark Lunberry
Abstract: At his home outside Paris, in Valvin, Stéphane Mallarmé spent much time on his small boat dreamily sailing upon the Seine, seeing this body of flowing water as a site for inspiration and inscription. Indeed, Mallarmé once confided to a friend, “I no longer write a poem without an aquatic reverie running through it,” and that, for him, poetry was like an “oar stroke,” and the sail,...
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“My Shadow Has Gone Mad”: Irony and Self-Consciousness in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Shadow
Eli Park Sorensen
Abstract: Hans Christian Andersen’s international breakthrough as the author of fairytales came during the 1840s. In 1846, Andersen arrived in Italy after a hugely successful but exhausting book tour through several European countries. In Italy, Anderson would write on two works: an autobiography, The True Story of My Life, and a strange—and highly atypical (at least by Andersen’s standards)...
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The Text of the Context: John Marrant’s Literary Identity
Martin Japtok
Abstract: “The Text of the Context: John Marrant’s Literary Identity” argues, in relation to Marrant’s A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black that identity, blackness, and masculinity are all deeply context-dependent, and that it is difficult at best to establish any fixed meanings for those terms that transcend historical periods. There are continuities, o...
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Gender and the Chinese Tradition of Translation
Zaixi Tan
Abstract: In the much-discussed Chinese tradition of translation, prominence was almost always given to men translators and translation thinkers, as though they were the entirety of the Chinese translation landscape. This essay discusses the work performed by Chinese women for centuries in the field of translation and translation discourse. Starting from an examination of the presence of women ...
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Zero Hour: Simone White and D.S. Marriott
David Grundy
Abstract: This essay has two strands. It examines Simone White’s writing on U.S. Trap in Dear Angel of Death (2017), bringing in questions of gender and of the history of writings of “The Music,” in dialogue with thinkers such as Amiri Baraka and Nathaniel Mackey. Historicizing writings on Black music, and their intersections with questions of gender and class, the essay also reflects on the...
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Applications of Indigenous Presence: The Osage Orthography Amplifying Traditional Language Resurgence
Jake Barrett-Mills
Abstract: It is generally accepted that languages underpin communal and national identities the world over. This importance holds particularly true for subjugated peoples, and few have been so systematically dispossessed as the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This essay argues that the revitalization and re-vision of Indigenous languages deploys a potent assertion of Indigenous sovereignty ...
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