Amusements & Useful Devices from K. A. Wisniewski
Textshop Experiments is an open access journal that aims to extend the work of Greg Ulmer and to foster experimental works that invent, operate in, or analyze the apparatus of Electracy. We welcome innovative and hybrid works in new media and original scholarship on reading and writing, rhetoric, and culture.
Works and queries are reviewed, accepted, and published on a rolling basis. For submissions, please read our latest call for papers for more details.
Roving Eye Press, initially founded in the late 1920’s by Bob Brown and co-managed by his wife Rose, was part of a larger literary and artistic movement of small presses that served the modernist avant-garde. Those presses included Hogarth Press, Ovid Press, Shakespeare & Company, Black Sun Press, Hours Press, and Contact Press, among others. Roving Eye boasted an impressive circle of readers that included Kay Boyle, Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, and Langston Hughes. The press was mobile in both geography (moving with Brown from the spa town Bad-Ems, Germany, to Cagnes-sur-mer, France, and much later, in the 1950’s, to New York City) and scope (publishing art, poetry, political pamphlets and even cookbooks).
In 2014, a small group of some of Bob Brown’s (Robert Carlton Brown II) great grandchildren together with a group of scholars re-launched Roving Eye Press. The group has, in turn, commissioned editor-scholars, artist-designers, printers, and production supervisors to start republishing the most important books from Roving Eye Press.
My primary research focuses on the digital literacy and online scholarship, specifically how new media publications transform humanistic studies. I am interested in integrating digital tools into research and writing courses and in building and assessing platforms that foster digital projects and legitimize e-scholarship. These ideas are deeply rooted in Greg Ulmer’s concept of electracy and the invention of a rhetoric for electronic media.
My research interests in early American printing are broad and range from the extant network between printers in the colonies and the authors, periodical literature and their readership, and humor and satire during the American Revolution and early American republic. Research largely focuses on the Mid-Atlantic–specifically Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Williamsburg. I am also interested in the works published in periodicals of the period (especially satire) and novels in the early American republic.
I am especially interested in what eighteenth-century publishing can they teach us about communicating in the digital age. Using the past as an analogy, I investigate how the experience from an oral culture to a print culture might inform or prepare us as we shift from print to an electronic culture.
Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791). Lawyer, poet, political pamphleteer, satirist, first Native-born American composer, designer of the American flag, signer of the Declaration of Independence, federal judge of Pennsylvania. The list could go on… Hopkinson’s literary, artistic, and musical canon is the focus of my doctoral dissertation. Those interested in learning more about the life and works of this forgotten founder may contact me directly.
I feel so strongly about the intellectual and artistic pursuits of Hopkinson that I founded The Francis Hopkinson Society in 2014, an educational society dedicated to the appreciation and study of his work and times. Please check it out!
Calypso Editions is a cooperative, artist-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective.
Calypso Editions takes its name from the sea nymph in one of literature’s most timeless texts, Homer’s The Odyssey. Calypso, who kept Odysseus captive on his long journey home, embodied youth and immortality. Calypso is an analogy for the wisdom we find in the company the immortal. At Calypso Editions, we believe that literature is the embodiment of immortality. The enduring nature of great literature is relevant to every generation across every geographical border. We believe that literature is essential to building an international community of readers and writers and that, in a world of digital saturation, books can serve as physical artifacts of beauty and wonder. We seek out excellence in literature, across the globe and across the centuries, and present lost and undiscovered works to the modern English-speaking world.
Calypso’s mission is to publish books that will endure in both content and form. We are committed to unearthing literary gems from previous generations, translating foreign writers into English with integrity, and providing a space for talented, new voices.
Taking advantage of new opportunities offered by digital technology and new insights from contemporary creative practice that take us from abstract theory back to literature itself, Beyond Criticism explores radical new forms that literary criticism might take in the 21st century.
The series is supported by an online community site for students, scholars and creative practitioners at http://thebee.buzz/, with responses and reactions to published books and shorter works of criticism posted on a monthly basis.
Part exhibit, part regional history survey, and part cultural criticism, this digital project investigates the visual culture of Maryland’s post offices. Sections examine the architecture of some post offices in the region, the WPA post office murals commissioned during the Great Depression (and their artists), Baltimore’s streetcars and railway post offices, and even some historic post cards depicting these sites and related postal activities. Here, the post office is not examined as a business, a governmental department, or even a civic institution. Instead, the project asks the question “What if we view the post office as a work of art?”
Poupée (2009) is a novella by Swiss novelist, poet, and journalist Julien Burri. Burri is also the author of the short story collection Beau à vomir (2011) and the novel Je mange un boeuf (2001) and two poetry collections, Si seulement (2008) and Journal à Rebours (2000). He is the recipient of le Premier prix International for young writers in Brussels and le Prix culturel vaudois Littérature in 2011 and currently writes for the Swiss magazine L’Hebdo. His latest novel is Muscles suivi de la maison (Bernard Campiche Editeur, 2014).
Soaked in ambiguity and misdirection, the novella is structured as short, fragmented, and uncomfortable vignettes tracing a boy nicknamed Doll (by his possessive and over-protective mother) through childhood abuse, alienation, loneliness, sexual fantasies, teenage rebellion and self-discovery.
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