Stockton Book Donation

This summer, I was down at Stockton to have lunch with Tom Kinsella. On my way in, I stopped at the library to donate some books I had read in classes while a student from 2001-2006. I thought it was a neat idea and Stockton's librarians were very interested. I would like to do the same at Monmouth someday too when I am back up in that area.

Here is a list of the books I donated:
The first Electronic Literature Organization collection CD
Kindred by Octavia Butler (African American Literature)
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (From Books To Movies)
Sexing The Cherry by Jeanette Winterson (Senior Seminar: Postmodernism)
Acid Free Bits by Nick Montfort
The Aspern Papers by Henry James (Readers, Writers, and Books)
The Life Of Pi by Yan Martel (Readers, Writers, and Books)
City Of Glass by Paul Auster (Senior Seminar: Postmodernism)
The Nietzsche Anthology (Moral Theories)
The Iliad (Homer)
New York Trilogy by Paul Auster (Senior Seminiar: Postmodernism)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (African American Literature)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Another Country by James Baldwin (African American Literature)


Podcast-A Threat To The Known: The Unknown Descendants Of Print Culture Part One

I have wanted to do this for awhile and finally have the time this summer. Inspired by what Cory Doctorow does with his writing, I am going to create podcasts of all my published works. I will try to release these weekly at least for the time being. It should take me awhile to catch up on everything.

I thought the best place to begin would be my Master’s Thesis from Monmouth University, which I completed in May of 2009. It is called A Threat To The Known: The Unknown Descendants Of Print Culture. You may have read about it back then from time to time.

I will release my reading of it over a number of weeks. Hopefully, people are into this idea.

New Horizons For The Literary: N. Katherine Hayles’ Vision For The Future Of Literature

I realized a few days ago that I never posted a link to this. Here is my paper from Monmouth’s graduate program symposium in the fall of 2008. I presented on a panel, annoyingly called “What Is Literature?,” alongside Sara Van Ness, who presented some work from her upcoming book on Watchmen.


My paper was a rough draft of what would eventually become my article on N. Katherine Hayles in the spring 2009 issue of The Quarterly Conversation. I thought it went well and both Sara and I got some excellent questions and comments from the audience.

This was also the first Monmouth English symposium done after I stopped coordinating them and it was a great afternoon with some fantastic panels. Sara and I would be on a panel together again in the spring of 2009, which was one of my last acts as a student at Monmouth.

New Horizons For The Literary: N. Katherine Hayles’ Vision For The Future Of Literature

Spring Symposium

On Tuesday we had our program symposium at Monmouth.  I spoke on a panel discussion about academic publishing alongside a few professors and other students from my program.  We had a good discussion from both the perspective of students and faculty members.  The conversation was greatly enhanced by excellent questions from the audience of faculty and students.

Among the topics which came up included networking on the Internet and at conferences, following submission guidelines properly, joining listservs, and the differences between manuscript and article publishing.  I got to discuss publishing in Online journals at length and also defended the academic discourse that goes on in my Twitter feed.

Here is a PDF of my brief opening statement.  I don’t think anyone else had prepared statements, but I will check and encourage them to upload if they do.


Thesis Defense

I am happy to announce that I defended my MA thesis on Monday morning.   Overall, it went well with some lively discussion about my work.  I am happy to be done: the writing process has been difficult and very trying at times.  There are some things about the process, and the constraints of an English program, which I did not forsee.  Graduate school ended up involving a lot of things I did not want it to when I began back in January of 2007. 

It’s become quite clear that I will not be heading towards a PhD, but in some other direction yet to be determined. 

I need to thank again my advisors, Dr. David Tietge and Dr. Liora Brosh for all their help and guidance.  This week I will be doing one last set of revisions and then handing in my work for a final grade.  No matter the outcome or grade I am glad I went through this process, which has given me a number of research paths to undertake in the future. 

Here is a PDF of what I read on Monday.  It is very hard to summarize my ideas in fifteen to twenty minutes, but the general idea is there. 

Upcoming Monmouth Symposium

I am happy to announce my participation in this semester’s graduate symposium for our English program at Monmouth.  This semester I will be taking part in a round table discussion about academic writing and publishing.  It is a great privilege that Dr. Kristin Bluemel will be moderating and my thesis adviser, Dr. David Tietge (no link: ahem), will also be participating. 

I will be sure to arrive early to check out Meghan Kutz’s presentation on orientalism in British travel writing.  I have had the pleasure of speaking to her about her research and it is quite impressive.

Here is the complete schedule:


Graduate Student Symposium

Monmouth University Department of English

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wilson Hall, Room 106


10:00 to 11:30 Session 1: Colonial and Post-Colonial Readings

Moderator: Dr. Sejal Sutaria

Veronica Guevara “Cultural Conflict–or Synthesis? Revised Double Consciousness, Engaged Resistance, and Man’s Relationship with Nature, Time, and Humanity in Vahni Capildeo’s ‘No Traveller Returns’”

Meghan Kutz, “Orientalism in 1930s British Travel Writing on China”

Shanna Williams, “Feminism in Indian Literature”

11:30 to 12:30 Roundtable: Writing and Publishing

Moderator: Dr. Kristin Bluemel

Participants: Dr. Sue Starke, Dr. David Tietge, Sara Van Ness, William P. Wend, Kim Rogers

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:00 Session 2: Literature and Composition Today

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Gilmartin

Lisa Pikaard, “Moral Ambiguity in a World in Turmoil: Harry Potter’s Global Implications”

Jenn Ernst, “The Hunter and the Hunted: Drug Use/Abuse and the Failings of the 60s in H. S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”

Jana Phelps, “Amending Writing Composition Instruction to Fulfill the Needs of the Contemporary Student”


Fall 2007 Annotated Symposium Notes

I have created an annotated version of my presentation at Hypothesis?, the first ever Monmouth University English program symposium (which I organized with Toni Magyar). My presentation was titled Remixing The Canon: Electronic Literature & Distributed Narratives. After defining and offering examples of various forms of New Media and electronic literature I discussed the most recent evolutions in Barthes’ writerly text, including what Jill Walker-Rettberg has termed distributed narratives. I call for a look at “remixing” the canon to be more inclusive of electronic literature due to their often literary tone. The primaries examples I use comes from authors like Caitlin Fisher, Scott Rettberg, Nick Montfort, and Shelley Jackson. (PDF)