About

Kasey Bass is Professor of English at Lone Star College-CyFair and Lecturer of English at the University of Houston.  Her work focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century British poetry, and she is especially interested in the ways that art, music, and literature helped shape technological innovation in those periods.

Education

BA in English–Texas A&M University

MA in English–University of Alaska-Fairbanks

PhD in English–University of Tennessee

Publications


  • “‘Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!’: Boundaries and Thresholds in Mary Coleridge’s Poetry.”  Victorian Poetry, vol. 48, no. 2, Summer 2010, pp. 195-218.

  • “Listening to Students.”  Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, vol. 39, no. 3, May/June 2007, pp. 48-53. This article, edited and introduced by Margaret Miller, contains excerpts of essays by the recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award in 2007.

  • Review of The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature, by Nancy Worman.  Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 89 no. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 221-25.

  • Contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature Section.


 

Projects

The Dramatic Monologue at the Fin de Siècle: Women Writers and Literary Inheritance.  In this project, I argue that emerging from the development of modern scientific theories of observation and from early cognitive science, the dramatic monologue provided an ideal vehicle for women writers of the 1890s to imagine a new subjectivity for the modern age. Under consideration at a university press.
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“Unacknowledged Legislators”: Creative Revolutions and the Discovery of Modern Physics.  This project traces the relationships between art and science along specific lines of inquiry that led to modern scientific discoveries. Building upon archival research and recent critical work on scientific epistemologies and poetics, I demonstrate how specific lines of scientific inquiry have the their roots in artistic experimentation. This interplay of art and science provides the impetus for innovation and ultimately technological change that dramatically re-charts the worlds we live in. I follow seven main areas of innovation: 1) non-Euclidean geometry and dimensional theories, 2) cognitive science and philosophies of vision that gave birth to virtual reality and theories like simulation theory, 3) logical theories that led to modern coding languages, 4) linguistic experimentation to boil language down to its cultural and physical essence and the discovery of subatomic particles 5) jazz and its influence on Albert Einstein’s theories of time as a manipulatable construct, 6) modernist poetry and its fusion with psychological theories to produce affective language that led to current conversations in neuroscience and natural language processing about affect and cognitive processes, 7) cyberpunk and postmodern novels and depictions of quantum entanglement that provide both metaphors and road maps for where new technologies can go. My research includes archival material from jazz, science fiction publishers, and poetry archives, early publications of scientific findings, and secondary materials about scientific epistemologies, poetics, and the various interplays of science, art, and literature. Under consideration at a university press.
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“Teaching Leadership: The Futures of Ethos.”  In this article, I outline specific strategies for teaching leadership methods in composition classes, especially with first-generation students in mind.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Most Recent
“Seeing Things: Cognitive Science, Simulation Theory, and How Dolly Radford, Mary Coleridge, and Michael Field Programmed the Nineteenth-Century.”  British Women Writers Conference; TCU; March 2020.
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Digital Humanities Preparation and Participation
Python, AI, & Digital Humanities Training
Dev236x: Introduction to Python—Microsoft (6/2020)
CS50: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python—HarvardX (in progress)
University of Oxford: Digital Humanities Summer School (7/2020, including workshop on Python applications and machine learning for digital humanities projects)
Columbia University’s Emeritus Postgraduate Diploma in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (scheduled to begin in Dec. 2020)

Memberships

Modern Language Association
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association
North American Victorian Studies Association
American Association of University Women

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