Monthly Archives: March 2012

Julia Kristeva and the Abject Gaze

Julia Kristeva and Nitnit, from Charles Burns’s X’ed Out, sharing an abject gaze.

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Franzen’s Freedom in Forest

Temperature in forest: 71. Sample sentence from Freedom: Joey noted that it had taken no more than one allusion to her beauty to get her to open up and start talking about herself.

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The New Digital Romanticism

Every medium creates not only the conditions of its use, but also shapes the way we know. In textual studies, the pathways that lead us to texts somehow affect how it is we come to think about these texts. But … Continue reading

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The Orange Eats Creeps, in Woods

The Orange Eats Creeps, by Grace Krilanovich, in woods twenty minutes prior to storm.

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Twelve Ways to Die: Working Notes on Disintegration, pt. 2

While inhabiting the body of Arthur Megrim, Sheppard Lee (1836, see pt. 1) Sheppard Lee has terrible nightmares, an almost comically gruesome pile-up of exceptionally unpleasing ways to suffer and die: My dreams, indeed, so varied and terrific were the … Continue reading

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X’ed Out in Forest

X’ed Out, by Charles Burns, in forest.

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Working Notes on Disintegration, pt. 1

Some of the strangest, most violent, most reality-twisting American novels are also some of the least known. They include Sheppard Lee (1836) and Nick of the Woods, or The Jibbenainosay (1837) by Robert Montgomery Bird and The Down-Easters (1833) by … Continue reading

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