Monthly Archives: February 2018

Heels, Faces, and Cyborgs: Cyberfeminism and the WWE

Female and POC wrestling fans often find themselves in the bizarre (yet common to many fandoms) position of simultaneously being both outsiders and insiders of the community. We learn the lingo, the characters, and the history, yet we are often … Continue reading

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Rules and Narrative

In his article “Narration, Intrigue, and Reader Positioning in Electronic Narratives,” Daniel Punday introduces readers to Espen J. Aarseth’s definition of “intrigue”: “a sequence of oscillating activities effectuated (but not controlled) by the user” (25-26). Although these are actions taken … Continue reading

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Lovecraftian Ecophobia

This week, for my American Gothic independent study, I’m focusing on the ecogothic (I admit, I also focused quite a bit on it last week too, but I can’t help it… it’s way too interesting!). The fiction I examined alongside … Continue reading

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‘Feed me a stray cat’: Meme Magic and Worshipping Donald Trump

When this semester began, I noticed (with great delight) an article about “meme magic” listed on my Digital Rhetoric course’s syllabus. Since last Spring, Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial 1991 novel American Psycho (and, to a slightly lesser extent, the film of the … Continue reading

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Young Goodman Brown: Failed Eco-Detective

I recently read Sara L. Crosby’s article, “Beyond Ecophilia: Edgar Allan Poe and the American Tradition of Ecohorror” and immediately wanted to try to apply Poe’s “third model” for human interaction with the environment to another text. 1 This week, in … Continue reading

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Katherine N. Hayles’s Virtual Bodies and Black Mirror’s “USS Callister”

In an effort to physicalize Katherine N. Hayles’s abstracted theories regarding the posthuman and virtuality, I’d like to closely examine one of the episodes from the most recent season of Black Mirror, “U.S.S. Callister” against Hayles’s How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies … Continue reading

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