Margaret Atwood: A Career Spent “Working the Wars”

Margaret Atwood has enjoyed a genre and medium spanning career very few other authors have achieved: her published fictional novels include The Handmaid’s Tale (1985,) a post-apocalyptic work of social criticism which has recently inspired a popular television show; Oryx and Crake (2003,) a well-known work of science fiction; and Alias Grace (1996,) a work […]

How to Talk About Lacan if you Haven’t Read Lacan

Introduction and Caveats There are two things you must always remember when discussing Lacan: Lacan is an asshole. Lacan is (almost) never making a metaphor or speaking with poetic devices. There are also two major phases of Lacanian thought that you must consider: Pre-Seminar X – or, Lacan the clinician. Post-Seminar X – or, Lacan the philosopher. […]

10 things I wish someone had told me before I started writing code…

There is no such thing as an absolutely correct or ‘perfect’ way to write an algorithm. Moreover, while there are plenty of wrong ways to solve a problem, you’ll almost never write a truly ‘wrong’ piece of code. In general, if the code works as you expect it to, it’s good code. There is no […]

Building a Better Mousetrap – The Digital Humanists’ Manifesto

“Literary criticism is exemplary” (Ullyot and Bradley 144). This opening line from Ullyot and Bradley’s section of Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media serves as the impetus for the Art Criticism Lab’s (ACL) sonnet database project. The central question driving the creation of the database is simple: how can technology enable definitive critical statements? Tools like […]

Newspeak, Computability, and the Subject of the Master’s Discourse

“You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words—scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language down to the bone” (Orwell 69). In Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother’s primary goal is the total mind and body subjugation of those […]

Locating the Master – A Study of A Passage to India and 1984

Introduction This paper requires both an introduction and disclaimer: I will be approaching the subject of colonialism from an angle some may find offensive. My purpose is not to minimize the profound social harms inflicted upon those subject to colonial oppression, nor is my intent to provide any form of justification for said harms. Rather, […]