#INCS2019 at Southern Methodist University
Nathan Hensley (Georgetown University), “Database and the Future Anterior: Reading the Mill on the Floss Backwards.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 50:1 (April 2017): 117-137
Jury comment: “A simply beautiful way to locate the paradigm of the Anthropocene as an interdisciplinary model. […] The structure of his article itself instantiates the argument he makes about the unknowable, unrepresentable flood that violently moves the village from a static past to an unknown future: the “hinge moment” in the article is his turn to the analysis of “the information flood, the digital divide” and the uses and misuses of “machine reading.” I absolutely didn’t expect that […] Hensley has opened up for me in new ways three separate things: this novel, the scientific context that informs this novel, and the various modes of reading and re-reading that make Eliot so rich for scholars across disciplines.”
Juliana Chow, “Partial Readings: Thoreau’s Studies as Natural History’s Casualties,” Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times (Nov. 2017)
Shaden Tageldin, “Fénelon’s Gods, al-Ṭahṭāwī’s Jinn: Trans-Mediterranean Fictionalities,” Philological Encounters (January 2017).
Anne-Charlotte Mecklenburg (U of Michigan, Ann Arbor), “Spoiler Alert: The Sensational Temporalities of Serial Television”
Jury comment: In a paper that covers ground from the sensation novels of the 1860s to contemporary “puzzle shows” such as Lost, Mecklenburg ingeniously analyzes the rhetoric of the “spoiler alert”: the implicit understanding that certain kinds of serialized narratives can be ruined if certain plot details are divulged. Mecklenburg asks, What exactly is a spoiled reading? What are the origins of this animus against revealing the plot? And what does the assumption that certain kinds of serials can never be re-read say about their genre and the expectations that readers bring to them? These are the kinds of fascinating questions that this essay examines. Not only is this paper an elegant engagement with the theme of the 2018 INCS conference, it also opens up opportunities to rethink the rhetoric that surrounds a broad range of texts and narratives, from the Woman in White to Westworld.
Imogen Forbes-Macphail (UC Berkeley), “Counted Pulses: Time and Space in Pre-Raphaelite Poetry”
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