Bruce Clarke

Bruce Clarke is Professor of English at Texas Tech University, specializing in the coevolution of literary and technoscientific developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the current president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. His latest publications are Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics (Michigan, 2001) and, co-edited with Linda Dalrymple Henderson, the collection From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature (Stanford, 2002). He is working on a book project, Systems Cultures, examining the discourse of systems since the 1960s.

Essays by this author

Friedrich Kittler's Technosublime


Bruce Clarke reviews the new translation of Grammophone, Film, Typewriter, a requiem and good-riddance for the era of so-called Man.

Gaia Matters


Bruce Clarke reviews Stephan Harding’s Animate Earth and James Lovelock’s recent book on Gaia, the mother of all systems.

Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah? On Joseph Carroll's Literary Darwinism


Bruce Clarke reviews Joseph Caroll’s Literary Darwinism and (like Laura Walls in her review of E.O. Wilson ten years earlier in ebr)
identifies the LD project not as “consilience” so much as the
colonization of the literary humanities by one branch of the
biological sciences. In Caroll, Clarke discerns a Darwinian
fundamentalism to match the Christian fundamentalism that can be observed in Clarke’s own Lubbock, TX habitat.