“Each path has its own song
and the complex of the songlines
constitutes a network of erratic, symbolic paths that cross and describe the space,
like a sort of chanted guidebook.”
(from Francesco Careri, Walkscapes, 2009)
I’m very pleased to have my article “Charting Paths: Networks and a Mobile Aesthetic Practice in Pullinger and Joseph’s Flight Paths and Heyward’s of day, of night“ included in Small Screen Fictions–a special issue of Paradoxa edited by Astrid Ensslin, Lisa Swanstrom, and Pawel Frelik. In print and available soon!
“Reading Wandering in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners and Ben Okri’s ‘Disparities’” will appear in ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.
I’m looking forward to the ELO Annual conference in Montreal where I’ll give a paper about Esther Polak’s Nomadic Milk.
As a Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Faculty Affiliate (2016), I gave a talk on “Walking Stories: Digital Literature and a Poetics of Drift,” with examples from e-lit by JR Carpenter, Megan Heyward, and Juliet Davis.
Travel and Aesthetics
“Aesthetic Desire and Imperialist Disappointment in Trollope’s The Bertrams and the Murray Handbook for Travellers in Syria and Palestine” is in Victorian Literature and Culture. This article explores the practice of looking away as a means of control over people and place.
Emigration, Castaways, and Negotiating Place
“Dangerous Insight: (Not) Seeing Australian Aborigines in The Narrative of James Murrells.” is included in The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said, edited by Robert Tally.
“Speaking Up: Caroline Chisholm’s Rhetoric of Emigration Reform” about this nineteenth-century activist’s shaping of colonial culture, particularly for emigrant women, is in Nineteenth Century Studies.
With support from CWRU’s Utech and in collaboration with several colleagues, I experimented with Scalar (developed by USC’s Alliance for Networking Visual Culture ) and other digital tools in the writing classroom. Our Scalar book “Digital Writing” records our experiences and suggestions toward effective practices (a public version of this book should be forthcoming).
I gave a related paper at the Digital Pedagogy Institute’s annual conference at Brock University on “Trailblazing with Scalar: Remapping Research Writing.”