12.303 announcements: Ulysses at NEACH; PMC reviewers

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 10:04:55 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 303.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu> (44)
Subject: Nov 13 NEACH: Ulysses

Subject: Call for Peer Reviewers

Date: Tue, 10 Nov 98 19:52:19 EST
From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Nov 13 NEACH: Ulysses

NEACH and the NYU Academic Computing Facility
invite you to attend a talk on

James Joyce's "Ulysses" in Hypermedia

by Michael Groden, Department of English, University of Western Ontario

Friday, November 13, 1998 at 2:00 PM
Room 101, Warren Weaver Hall
251 Mercer Street, at West Fourth St.
New York University, Washington Square, NY NY

Michael Groden is Professor of English at the University of Western
Ontario and the director of the ongoing "Ulysses" hypermedia project. Over
100 "Ulysses" critics and scholars are contributing to make this enormous
project a reality. His Web site is at http://publish.uwo.ca/~mgroden/

James Joyce's "Ulysses" is an ideal literary work to present in
hypermedia. With its stream-of-consciousness technique to reveal its
characters thoughts; its many allusions to works of literature, art, and
music, both high and popular; and the library of criticism and scholarship
that it has inspired, it is no wonder that many people have been referring
to it lately as a hypertext before its time. Presenting "Ulysses" in
hypermedia format will give readers, students, and scholars a new context
in which to read and study the book. It will also teach us a lot about the
differences between presenting a literary work in print and on a screen
and about the ways in which a work originally written for print changes
when it is put into an electronic hypermedia environment.

James Joyce's "Ulysses" in Hypermedia will include texts of several
versions of "Ulysses"; published and newly written definitions and
annotations; an archive of major published critical books and articles;
source works such as "The Odyssey" and "Hamlet"; basic help for students;
original commentaries on "Ulysses", written in hypertext; maps;
photographs; video or film versions of passages from "Ulysses"; an audio
version of the book; recordings of songs mentioned, quoted, or sung; an
aural pronunciation guide; searching and indexing features; and space for
users to add comments and links.

In his talk Michael Groden will show the prototype and will also discuss
the intriguing issues and problems that have come up in the process of
transforming the prototype into a full presentation.

For further information, contact Lorna Hughes (Lorna.Hughes@nyu.edu)

Assistant Director for Humanities Computing
Academic Computing Facility
New York University
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185, USA

Phone: (212) 998 3070
Fax: (212) 995 4120

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 10:21:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Call for Peer Reviewers

PMC: Essays Currently Available for Peer Review

Self-nominated peer-reviewers regularly participate in the
editorial process of _Postmodern Culture_. All submissions
distributed for review have been screened by the editors and will
receive two other readings from members of the journal's
permanent editorial board; _Postmodern Culture_ preserves the
anonymity of both authors and reviewers in this process, but the
comments of reviewers will be forwarded to the author.

If you would like to review one of the submissions described
below, and if you think you can complete that review within two
weeks of receiving the essay, please send a note to the editors at
pmc@jefferson.village.virginia.edu outlining your qualifications
as a reviewer of the work in question (experience in the subject
area, publications, interest), identifying the MS by number as
listed below, and specifying the manner in which you would like
to receive the essay (electronic mail or World-Wide Web).
We will select one self-nominated reviewer for each of the works
listed below, and we will notify reviewers within two weeks.

Information gathered during this process about potential reviewers
will be kept on file at PMC for future reference, and may be made
available for online searching by PMC subscribers seeking
expertise in a particular field. Please note: members of the
journal's permanent editorial board should not nominate themselves
in response to this call.

Manuscripts for review:

MS #1

Through a critical reading of some of the most influential
historiography of the Vietnam war, including Coppola's film
"Apocalyse Now" and Robert McNamara's memoir _In Retrospect_,
this essay analyses the way in which "Vietnam" constitutes
one of the late twentieth century's most revealing cultural
tableaux--both a political, strategic and mythological crisis for
the United States, and a stage for some of the most profound
ontological anxieties of western modernity. In particular, the
essay takes up the theme of politics and violence through the way
reason (as a complex formation of geopolitical power, a seductive
locus of identity and a movement of historical progress) has been
problematized within these texts. References include Stanley
Karrow, Neil Sheehan, J.F. Lyotard, and Michel Foucault.

MS #2

An inquiry into the act of critically encountering
HIV, and the ideological complexities germane to that act, this
essay attempts to apprehend some of the object-specific, but
nonetheless general and representative, mechanisms which hold
HIV, method, and truth in functional relations to each other.
References include Roland Barthes, Eve Sedgwick, David Halperin,
Slavoj Zizek, and Stanley Fish.


This essay maps the boundaries of Andreas Huyssen's concept of
the post-avant-garde as the "hope" of postmodernism by reading
_Spin_ magazine's reporting and dissemination of contemporary
"alternative"/Gen X youth culture scenes in a Cultural Studies
context. Other references include Michael Berube, Clint
Burnham, Douglas Crimp, Cary Nelson, and Andrew Ross.


This essay seeks to initiate the adaptation of some methods of
textual scholarship to postmodern studies by considering how
approaching a literary text as a sequence of material events
occurring over time affects understanding of that text and its
multiple contexts. The essay focuses on a single
illustration--adapting the old-style practice of publication
history to what might be considered the grand-daddy of postmodern
texts: William Burroughs's _Naked Lunch_. References include
Fredric Jameson, Allen Thiher, Steven Shaviro, and David


An interrogation of the political and economic implications of
mapping, this essay seeks to unpack the seeming naturalness of
various cartographic representations of the Internet. The author
critiques the complicity of common techniques of scientific
visualization with the contrasting invisibility of political and
economic systems, as evidenced in phenomena like the worldwide
diffusion of digital networks. These and similar depictions of
global network activity, the author proposes, are embedded in
unacknowledged and pernicious metageographies--sign systems that
organize the geographical knowledge they purport to demonstrate
into visual schemes which seem straightforward, but which depend
on historically and politically inflected misrepresentation of
underlying material conditions. References include Roland
Barthes, Joseph Conrad, Martin Lewis and Karen Wigen, Mark
Monmonier, David Turnball, and Denis Wood.


An analysis of Zizek's theories of feminine depression. The
author argues that Zizek's application of Lacanian film theory
presents real political problems concerning the way gender and
ethnicity are aesthetically coded, intellectualized, and spun
into highly politicized although seemingly benign narratives.
Zizek's discursive disempowerment and dehumanization of women,
the author proposes, makes it difficult to distinguish his
leftist agenda from some of the most pernicious racial theories
of the late 19th century. Zizek re-installs Woman into all
narratives as a metaphor for everything that is other than man.
In other words, woman becomes man's therapy. References include
Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Feliz Guattari, Luce Irigaray, and
Steven Shaviro.


An exploration of how the application of literary constraints as
practiced by the group Oulipo builds and alters literary
consciousness. The author explores the ways in which
contemporary neurobiological research modifies consciousness.
Biologically speaking, constraints define a species, much like
literary constraints define a genre. As molecules reorder
themselves they participate in biological evolution;
literary constraints provide order, catalyze, and help literature
to evolve. Focusing on Raymond Queneau's use of alexandrines
in _Petite cosmologie portative_, the author argues that the
alexandrine functions as would a "poetic molecule": innovative
manipulation of its syllables strengthens and transforms
literature's consciousness of its own methods of construction.
References include Marcel Benabou, Henri Meschonnic, and Jacques


An examination of Joanna Russ's _The Female Man_. The author
proposes that understanding Russ's novel as an exploration of the
social meanings of women's work requires that we regard it not
only as a postmodern novel, but as a postindustrial one. In
these terms, by illuminating the dilemma automation posed to
women's efforts to associate themselves with the traditionally
empowering concept of work, _The Female Man_ historicizes and
complicates Donna Haraway's celebration of the "cyborg" as a
progressive icon for contemporary female workers. References
include Susan Ayres, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Betty Friedan, Bob
Gottlieb, Fredric Jameson, and Andrew Ross.


An examination of Susan Howe's _Articulation of Sound Forms in
time_, considered in light of Heidegger's condition of an
"openness to mystery." The author argues that the importance of
Howe's work lies in its testing of the conditions of mastery and
control, and that as such any critical impulse to re-assemble a
narrative from Howe's fragments constitutes a normative method
that must be resisted. References include Gerald Bruns, Marjorie
Perloff, and Linda Reinfeld.


A Foucauldian analysis of Malaysia's role in Southeast Asian
politics. Focusing on the political rhetoric of Malaysia's top
two leaders, prime minister Mahathir and his deputy and former
Islamic youth leader, Anwar Ibrahim, the author suggests that the
extent and impact of political narratives on the polity is
dependent on prevailing hierarchies of power within its
territories: the greater the political power, the stronger the
political narrative, the higher the chances of its survival as
"fact" and as "truth." References include Max Weber and Michel


Focusing on George Herriman's _Krazy Cat_, this essay argues that
a methodology for reading the comic page does exist and should be
encouraged in the classroom. By examining one page of Krazy Kat,
the author explores Herriman's use of meaning and non-meaning in
order to not define what the text means or is about but rather to
understand the various processes at play in the reading of a
comic page. References include Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida,
Walter Ong, Edward Shannon, Greg Ulmer, and Slavoj Zizek.

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