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Global Warming, Globalization, and Environmental Literary History

2009-05-02

Lance Newman suggests Ecocriticism shares a problematic assumption with “green” capitalism: the idea “a livable future will result from billions of individual ethical decisions.” Here he traces a burgeoning critical alternative that investigates the historical connections between global capital and the shifting structures of the “ecosocial.”

Hybrids at hand: the problem of representing the heterotic superstring

2009-04-28

Contrasting conventional notions of representational realism with the leaps of imagination underlying contemporary physics, Sean Miller explores the necessary role of an imaginary in sting theorists’ search for a coherent “theory of everything.”

Thinking Past Ourselves: Ecology and the Ethics of Cross-Species Partnerships

2009-04-28

John Bruni evaluates current proposals for animal rights and green capitalism, questioning whether the legal and economic discourse with which the question of animal life as thus far been bound up will ever allow us, as Cary Wolfe proposes, to think past ourselves.

Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies

2009-01-31

This new thread, edited by Henry Turner and introduced by Joseph
Tabbi, presents in short order what scholars today in the field of
literature, science, and the arts are reading and viewing. Some of the
citations appear online, and by ‘enfolding’ these references, ebr
intends to build a profile of the field as it evolves, available to
ebr readers for further annotation and construction.

Electronic Literature as World Literature: An Annotated Bibliography

2009-01-30

A snapshot of items on Joseph Tabbi’s desktops, vertical and
horizontal, presented at the Chicago meeting of the Modern Language
Association in December 2007.

Tape for the Turn of the Year: Conversations with and about Daniel Wenk

2008-06-19

Recorded by Joseph Tabbi. A week in the life of the artist.

Recollection in Process

2007-02-03

There has never been a ‘Best of the electronic book review’ or a print collection. After ten full years of online publication, ebr has devised other ways of marking time, using techniques available in the same electronic media where the work first appeared. Here the editor presents an initial ‘Gathering’ of ebr essays, pulled from each of the journal’s threads to date.

Already Too Many Stories in the World

2006-09-22

Stephen-Paul Martin reviews Lance Olsen’s novel 10:01.

Blank Frank

2006-08-20

This review of Ralph Berry’s novel Frank and the subsequent exchange between the authors, appeared in the March/April 2006 and July/August 2006 issues of The American Book Review.

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: Irreducible Innovation

2005-12-18

William Smith Wilson injects the transcendentals of aesthetic illusions into Hardt and Negri’s immanent materialism.

The Exemptions of Beauty

2005-12-18

William Smith Wilson builds on his earlier ebr essay, “The End of Exemptions of Beauty,” with this companion piece.

Writing Futures: Hardt and Negri's Notation Politics

2005-12-18

Aron Pease introduces this collection of essays by Linda Brigham, Caren Irr, William Wilson and Nick Spencer with a look at the multitude’s programmability.

Networking the Multitude

2005-12-18

Linda C Brigham complicates Hardt and Negri’s case for network resistance.

Empire and the Commons

2005-12-18

Caren Irr reframes the question of private property through fantastic narratives of the commons.

'Is it Possible Not to Love Žižek?' on Slavoj Žižek's Missed Encounter with Deleuze

2005-12-18

Hanjo Berressem provides both fast-forward and slow-motion readings of Slavoj Žižek’s Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences.

What Would Žižek Do? Redeeming Christianity's Perverse Core

2005-12-18

Jokes play a fundamental role in Slavoj Žižek’s philosophizing. Is Žižek joking when he extols the virtues of Christianity to the Left? Eric Dean Rasmussen analyzes Žižek’s pro-Christian proselytizing as attacks on modes of PC-ness - political correctness and perverse Christianity - that sustain an undesirable neoliberalism.

The Machinic Multitude

2005-12-18

Nick Spencer argues that the multitude is machinic, even without machines.

On Materialities, Meanings, and The Shape of Things

2005-11-05

Lori Emerson reviews The Shape of the Signifier by Walter Benn Michaels.

Past Futures, Future's Past

2004-11-08

The second in a series of two essays developing the parallels between Iraq and the Peloponnesian Wars, between classical Empire and postmodern Imperialism.

Satisfying Ambiguity

2004-10-22

From the Oracle of Delphi to the Wizard of Oz, it is clear that “if we attack we will destroy a great empire.” The only question that remains, is which one?

Is There a Language Problem?

2004-10-21

R.M. Berry on the recuperation of politicized language, in (and through) the fiction of Marianne Hauser and Lidia Yuknavitch.

God Help Us

2004-08-19

A Review of Malise Ruthven’s A Fury for God: The Islamist
Attack on America, from Tim Keane, with links to a growing body of writing on terror in ebr.

Weight Inward into Lightness: A Reading of Canoe Repair

2004-08-19

“The plot offers not so much progress as recurrence, duplication, and reiteration.” Flore Chevaillier offers one way to fill in the gaps of Joseph McElroy “Canoe Repair.”

Liberation Hurts: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek

2004-07-01

Slavoj Žižek addresses the situation of post-9/11 global politics - and his own, controversial, theories of the political - in this interview with Eric Dean Rasmussen.

Burroughs Lives

2004-05-02

Davis Schneiderman reviews two works on Burroughs - a writer who is both there and not there, who exemplifies and escapes post-structuralist readings and postmodernist celebrations.

The Electronic Swarm of City and Self

2004-02-29

Jenny Weight reviews William Mitchell’s third book, Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City.

Bataille’s Project: Atheology, Non-Knowledge

2003-11-12

Marc LaFountain reviews a new collection of Bataille’s writings and considers the philosopher’s thoughts on prayer in a system and practice of atheology.

What Remains in Liam's Going

2003-11-03

Pattern, absence, routine, return - Dave Ciccoricco mulls the shape(s) in Michael Joyce’s new paper novel, Liam’s Going

Stream of Thought

2003-07-18

On the occasion of a new novel by Joseph McElroy and the Overlook Press reissue of McElroy’s earlier work, Andrew Walser initiates a revaluation.

"History is not what happened but what we think about it"

2003-07-17

Further on McElroy and a novel that reflects the mind’s helter-skelter workings while (for the protagonist) creating many occasions for avoidance.

McElroy's Metropolitan Constructions

2003-07-10

Shells, Tents, Slaps, Shocks: Steffen Hantke works slowly, from within, to get at McElroy’s nonlinear narrative.

The Avant-Garde and the Question of Literature

2003-04-27

Ralph Berry on Avant-Garde fiction and the future of the page.

Narratological Amphibiousness, or: Invitation to the Covert History of Possibility

2003-04-24

Lance Olsen continues the FC/2 authors’ discussion of Carole Maso’s AVA and adds some bits on Laird Hunt, Mark Z Danielewski, Judd Morrissey and Lori Talley, and other recent U.S. avant-gardists.

Reverberation: Writing as a Visual Medium and the Sight of the Avant Garde

2003-04-23

Further on Gertrude Stein, Carole Maso, and the avant garde in U.S. fiction from Lidia Yuknavitch.

Welcome to Baltimore

2003-04-21

Picking up Lance Olsen’s theme of thinking as digestion, Michael Martone chews on what’s Avant Garde about Baltimore.

9/11 Emerging

2003-03-05

A personal account by novelist Joseph McElroy of the WTC crash (that is: a structure of some outside and inside project encompassing one individual).

The End of Exemptions for Beauty

2003-01-26

The WTC attack considered as a conflict between open and closed systems, a one-system people and a many-system people.

Reforming Creative Writing Pedagogy

2002-08-17

Joe Amato and Kass Fleisher suggest that creative writing pedagogy, particularly as found in the typical workshop, might benefit from a major, theoretically-informed, re-visioning. Introduced by ebr managing editor (1999-2002), Kirsten Young.

Cyberlaw and Its Discontents

2002-05-18

Setting one scholar’s legalistic solutions against texts by cyber-critics and posts by netizens and web artists, geniwate looks at the issue of copyright law online.

Return to Twilight

2002-01-21

Dave Ciccoricco returns to Michael Joyce’s 1997 novel so as to avoid bringing hypertext criticism to a premature closure.

An Interface in Lieu of An Introduction

2001-11-17

A note on the origins and development of ebr version 3.0, End Construction!

New ebr Interface

2001-11-16

In the fall of 1997, with the launch of ebr version 2.0, ebr editors Anne Burdick and Joseph Tabbi introduced a weaving metaphor to describe the journal interface. Three years later, Burdick sent in the following proposal for ebr 3.0, an entirely new version that enacts the metaphor using database technology.

sokal text: another funny thing happened on the way to the forum

1996-09-01

Joe Amato on the Social Text controversy.

The Maul of America

1995-12-30

Liquid architect Marcos Novak on William Mitchell’s City of Bits.