GroupEthos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals who hope to inspire discussion about the cultures that shape—and are shaped by—contemporary society. This digital project is committed to providing an online space for reflecting upon the variety of collective customs, ideas, politics, and art that shape the human condition. To that end, Ethos […]

DepositThe Art of the Book in the Digital Age syllabus (undergraduate course)

The attached syllabus was written for my Honors undergraduate seminar “The Art of the Book in the Digital Age,” taught Fall 2016 at UNC Chapel Hill. Here is an excerpt from the course description: “The book’s role and significance within literary culture is being scrutinized today with an intensity unseen for five centuries. Nowhere is this questioning more acute, sophisticated, and nuanced than in the burgeoning field of the book arts, an umbrella term encompassing artists’ books, book sculpture, zines, and print-oriented forms of electronic poetry. This is an inherently collaborative and interdisciplinary field. Its practitioners skirt the thresholds between visual art and literature, technology and philosophy, producing uniquely bookish artifacts that defy easy categorization. These are artworks made not for the white walls of a gallery, but to be read and used; they are works of literature that engage the visual, tactile, and even olfactory senses. Difficult to reproduce in print editions or literary anthologies, they challenge our expectations of the codex as a platform for delivering and consuming textual information. Despite the diversity of the book arts, what brings these practices together is a shared interest in the potential of the book to model radical new forms of creativity, subjectivity, and political engagement. ‘if i can sing through my mouth with a book,’ writes El Lissitzky in a treatise on book design, ‘i can show myself in various guises.'”

DepositThe Art of Negotiation: Student Writers Claiming Authority and Humility

One of the hardest concepts to teach first-year composition students is the role of authority in academic writing. How are young adults who have a limited social world view and older adults who have left school for several years expected to assert themselves with confidence? Equally, another difficult threshold concept for FYC students is the act of humility in academic writing. Student writers need to acknowledge their limitations if they are going to establish authority in their writing. In my paper, I look closely at four students’ essays, examining how they venture and participate in academic conversations as they negotiate the role of humility and authority.

TopicCFP “Transnational Dimensions of Literature and the Arts” University of Buchares

THE 16th  ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA The English Department of the University of Bucharest will hold its 16th from 5–7 June, 2014. The Conference will be organized in two sections: Papers are invited in: General Linguistics Linguistic Theories Theoretical Linguistics (syntax, phonology, semantics and the interfaces) Language acquisition Applied […]

TopicASAP/7: "Arts & the Public"

ASAP/7: Arts & the Public September 24-27, 2015 Hosted by Clemson University at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC Call for Papers ASAP/7 invites proposals from scholars and artists on the relations between the public—broadly conceived – and contemporary visual, literary, performing, musical, and media arts. From parks, schools, and museums to monuments, performances, and […]