Brian Lennon

Brian Lennon is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative
Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of
In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States,
forthcoming in 2010 from the University of Minnesota Press. His
current project is a book on the legacies of literary and cultural
theory, to be entitled Genrecide: Research and Temporality.

The Procedural Poetries of Joan Retallack


Brian Lennon considers the aesthetic that Retallack has evolved out of a cybernetic sensibility - a formalism that does not impose authoritarian codes or repressive orders, but rather hacks a pattern out of the sheer data of everyday life: directories, menus, phone books, indexes, encyclopedias, and archives.

Glass Houses: A Reply to Loren Glass's "Getting With the Program"


Brian Lennon weighs in on developing conversation about Mark McGurl’s Program Era; Lennon’s response to Loren Glass’s riposte argues that Bourdieu’s work is invoked by Glass as an answer, not a question, “without any effort to mark…why or how Bourdieu might be right - and without leaving any sense of the debates that generated and refined Bourdieu’s positions.”

Against Autopoiesis


Brian Lennon, who at the time of the discussions was reviewing a book on experimental poetry and poetics, joined the END CONSTRUCTION discussion as its first phase was winding down.

Gaming the System


In the wake of massive shifts in the function and purview of the University in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Brian Lennon considers two recent texts on the system of higher educational institutions and the academic practices that supports it.