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Author Archives: alexoxner
For the past year, I have been obsessed with examining the role of memory in every text I’ve read. My unwitting colleagues have been subjected to my repetitive blog posts on this subject (thanks again, guys). But it is such a broad and pervasive… Continue reading
In “Air War Prophecy and Interwar Modernism,” Paul K. Saint-Amour posits a “routinization of emergency” and draws upon Lewis Mumford’s The Culture of Cities to describe a “collective psychosis” which was instigated by pre-war anxiety. Sai… Continue reading
In Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell is invested in constructing a non-linear narrative – his cyclical temporal structure is a refreshing departure from other works I’ve read in the last two months (baggy structures of futurity that rely upon alienating … Continue reading
In the interest of fostering some continuity between this week’s reading and our pending discussion of H.G. Wells, I am interested in Foucault’s discussion of suicide as a way in which the individual might “usurp the power of death” (139). In T… Continue reading
Last night around midnight, a friend and I went for a walk through Vanderbilt’s campus with the intention of examining some of Vandy’s infamous statues. I typically rush past these art works on my way to coffee classes and meetings, so with our lei… Continue reading
In The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling compose an alternate history depicting technological, environmental, and socio-political crises of the nineteenth century. At the heart of this novel is an overwhelming sense of ambivalence re… Continue reading
Somehow, I was admitted into a PhD program in literature without ever having read Frankenstein. I will reveal that I intentionally avoided this work because I knew that I wouldn’t enjoy it – I was right (it’s just not my cup of tea). However, Fra… Continue reading