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Reflections on Crusoe as the “New Puritan”

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

 Leopold Damrosch, Jr. in his essay Myth and Fiction in Robinson Crusoe  points out how “Defoe sets out to dramatize the conversion of the Puritan self, and he ends by celebrating a solitude that exalts autonomy instead of submission” (NCE 374).  While Crusoe “likens himself to the Prodigal Son, a favorite emblem for fallen man […]

A Technocritical Reading of Art in William Shakespeare’s Play The Tempest

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Rebecca Banner Professor Buell English 399W September 26, 2010 A Technocritical Reading of Art in William Shakespeare’s Play The Tempest Prospero’s Sliding Scale between Magic and Technology The Oxford English Dictionary defines “technology” first as “a discourse or treatise on an art or arts; especially a treatise on a practical art or craft.”  If this […]

Sharon Olds’s Summer Solstice, New York City

Monday, September 6th, 2010

                If we understand that a technocultural reading is derived from the ancient Greek definition of techni as an art or craft than Sharon Olds’s poem, Summer Solstice, New York City, is embalmed in technology.  On a large scale, the formation of a poem in it of itself is a deliberate art.  Olds positions line […]


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