Teaching Critical Memes

Materials for my “Teaching Critical Memes” presentation:

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
     And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
     As any she belied with false compare.
  • Hamlet Memes Slideshow

NEH Summer Stipend Proposal

I just submitted a proposal titled “Bridging the Gap: Close Reading Digital Poetry” for the NEH Summer Stipends grant program. Here’s the abstract:

This proposal seeks to introduce electronic literature into mainstream academia by writing two articles for publication in conventional, high-impact literary journals. Each article will perform a close reading of an electronic poem by David Knoebel, a poet and multimedia artist who publishes in his website Click Poetry since 1996. The poems “A Fine View” (2000) and “Thoughts Go” (2001) are intense lyrical experiences that challenge our preconceptions about poetry by reconfiguring the poetic line in space, time. The goal is to demystify electronic literature by employing a technique that is foundational to literary study, close reading, and updating it with media-specific analysis and critical code studies. Through these articles I seek to bridge the gap between generations of scholars raised with critical tools and texts devised for print and new scholars and students shaped by texts in networks and digital media.