Month: April 2017

Gerson Reading: Kevin Barry

7:00pm April 11 (Tues.), Alumni Center, in honor of Louis Gerson*

Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s most internationally prominent contemporary fiction writers. His novel City of Bohane, winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was described by the New York Times as “an extraordinary first novel” exhibiting “marvels of language, invention, and surprise.” His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize, awarded to British and Irish fiction that extends the possibilities of the novel. Beatlebone is also a nominee for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize for books published in English. Barry has also published two collections of short stories and is co-editor and co-founder of influential annual Irish literary arts anthology, Winter Papers.

* This year’s reading will commemorate the late Louis Gerson, who died in recent months.

M.T. Anderson for the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

On April 11 at 6:00pm, M.T. Anderson will read at the UConn Bookstore for the Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction. Anderson has written a wide variety of titles including works of fantasy and satire for a range of ages. Winning the National Book Award in 2006, he is the author of fifteen novels including Thirsty (1997), Avenue Q, or, The Smell of Danger (2010), and four picture books, Handel, Who Knew What He Liked (2001), and The Serpent Came to Gloucester (2006). Sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing.

Digital Humanities Colloquium

Digital Humanities Colloquium: Jonathan Dickstein and Elisabeth Buzay

Tuesday, April 11, 5 p.m., Austin 246, Digital English Lab


“Anxiety and the Second-Order Logic of Humanistic Algorithmic Criticism”

Jonathan Dickstein (Adjunct Instructor, Dept. of English)

Humanities appear to be studies of humans and their artifacts carried out according to speculative methods. Rigid rule-obeying or algorithmic approaches to these humanistic studies therefore seem contradictory by definition. Nonetheless, a crucial dimension of the digital humanities depends on the possibility of such algorithmic approaches. Does this point entail that digital humanities themselves make up a contradictory domain? I answer to the negative insofar as I want to argue that humanistic algorithmic criticism must be grasped through a second-order logic. What this argument entails is that the interval between a descriptive/structural account of a text and an interpretative one may be measured with reference to the essential psychosocial experience of anxiety (as defined by Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis). The culturo-political implication of this argument involves the extent to which such an experience, in contrast to that yielded by traditional humanistic practices, inspires us to have a unique kind of courage in our worldly encounters.


“Mapping Fictional French Worlds”

Elisabeth Buzay (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages)

While DH mapping tools have been used to represent aspects of literary works, and may visualize real-world sites or imaginary worlds, in my DH project, I am working to effectively and usefully combine visualizations of both of these types of locations. In the works I study—French medieval romances and contemporary French fantasy novels—the fictional universes encompass both real-world and otherworld (imaginary) locations. My project focuses on visualizing how these literary universes are structured, and more particularly mapping how certain types of objects, which function as means of communication in these works, circulate throughout these universes. In this talk I will explain the ongoing development and process of my project, the affordances and limitations of the DH tools I am using, and some of the challenges I have encountered as I develop these maps.