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My Thoughts on Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

                If I understood it correctly, David Abram, in his book Spell of the Sensuous, seems to posit that language and sensation have a reciprocal relationship.  He explains that “only if words are felt, bodily presences, like echoes or waterfalls, can we understand the powers of spoken language to influence, alter, and transform the perceptible […]

Exercise Endorphins: Aching to Achieve

Friday, March 4th, 2011

  At the start of twelfth grade I began biking after school.  For this hour and a half my legs burned as I excused myself from responding to phone calls.  Although I could never admit it, I disliked biking company; only my brother proved to be a perfect riding partner.  At six p.m. I returned […]

Yeats and Technology

Friday, February 25th, 2011

            Daniel Albright, in his essay “Yeats and Modernism” explains that Yeats accuses Modernist poets for their “sloppiness of construction and flatness of diction” (63).  What might be of particular interest to us, in the literature and technology seminar, is that Yeats, as a symbolist,  “is always happier with symbols drawn from the traditional stock […]

On Love: Presence and Absence

Friday, February 25th, 2011

AMORETTI, SONNET #75 By Edmund Spenser One day I wrote her name upon the strand, But came the waves and washed it away: Again I write it with a second hand, But came the tide, and made my pains his prey. Vain man, said she, that doest in vain assay, A mortal thing so to […]


Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

            Although, perhaps, this except is not too subtle, I found it interesting in its questioning an aspect of technology and its influence on life.  It is taken from the February 9th, 2011 edition of JAMA in the article “Life Imitates Work” by Tia Powell.  I connected it with three pieces of literature we read last semester. […]

Edward Hopper’s famous Nighthawks

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

  Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks evokes an interesting aspect of the new city that has not yet been expressed in the other paintings we have looked at in our course.  The first aspect I noticed is the stark contrast between the dark night and the lit diner.  Regardless of this disparity, a gloomy mood permeates the […]

Electrical Disillusionment

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the electricity connected with Jay Gatsby’s party adds to an idyllic atmosphere but ultimately this reality proves disillusioned.  In preparation for the party “a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous […]

Humans and Animals

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

19th century painting 20th century photo of Chicago’s meat industry…           Viewed side by side, the world view imparted by these images contrast with each other in what I think is a very interesting manner.  Both images depict human/s and animals.  In the 19thcentury landscape, a lone girl relaxes while six cows graze […]

Victor Frankenstein: A New Type of Artist

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Victor Frankenstein: A New Type of Artist…/      Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is a technician unlike others we have encountered in our literature and technology course.  Frankenstein attempts to wield grandiose powers like those of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s green girdle and The Tempest’s protagonist, Prospero.  However, unlike […]

Hobbes and the “Artificial Animal”

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Thomas Hobbes, in his book The Leviathan (1651) dubs “nature” the “[mechanical] art whereby God hath made and governs the world.”  For Hobbes “nature is by the art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an artificial animal.”  In the age of empirical sciences and rational […]

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