Social Media History and Poetics

Dec 2, 2013, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Bowen Hall, Room 222



Event Description
Poem by Judy Malloy

Judy Malloy, “The Roar of Destiny,” 1996-99

David Bellos taught in the UK at Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester before coming to Princeton in 1997. He has worked on 19th century as well as 20th century French literature and is the author of biographies of Georges Perec, Jacques Tati and Romain Gary. He is also a literary translator and the author of an irreverent study of translation in general, Is That A Fish in Your Ear? (2011). His translations of George Perec’s work include Life: A User’s Manual (Godine, 2008) and The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise (Verso, 2011). He is currently working on a book about Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. David Bellos is the recipient of the French-American Foundation’s translation prize, the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie and the Man Booker International translator’s award.

Judith Donath synthesizes knowledge from urban design, evolutionary biology and cognitive science to design innovative interfaces for on-line communities and virtual identities. A Harvard Berkman Faculty Fellow and formerly director of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, she is known internationally for her writing on identity, interface design, and social communication. She created several of the earliest social applications for the web, including the original postcard service and the first interactive juried art show; her work with the Sociable Media Group has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide. Her current research focuses on how we signal identity in both mediated and face-to-face interactions and she is working on a book about how the economics of honesty shape our world. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in media arts and sciences from MIT and her bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. Her recent book The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online (MIT Press) will be available in May 2014.

Judy Malloy is a new media poet and critic. A pioneer on the internet and in electronic literature, she followed a vision of hypertextual narrative that she began in the 1970s with experimental artist books created in card catalog and electro-mechanical structures. In the 27 years since she first wrote the online hypertext Uncle Roger on Art Com Electronic Network in 1986, she has composed an innovative body of electronic literature, including the generative hypertext its name was Penelope (Eastgate, 1993) and a series of social media-based narratives created in the Computer Science Laboratory at Xerox PARC. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Malloy has also been active in documenting new media and is the host of Authoring Software, a resource for teachers and students. As an arts writer, she has worked most notably as editor of The New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA Current, (formerly Arts Wire Current) an internet-based national journal on the arts and culture, and as editor of the MIT Press book Women, Art & Technology. Her papers are archived as The Judy Malloy Papers at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. She is currently teaching a course titled “Social Media: History, Poetics, and Practice” in the Program in American Studies.

Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 till about 1900. His first book, The Afterlife of Property, studies how the novels of Dickens and Eliot labor to preserve the idea of secure possession by overseeing its transfer from the sphere of a cold and uncertain economy to a happier realm of romance. Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable of Desire excavates the aspiration to imagine a form of desire as intense as those that compel us, but as light as the daydream or thought experiment safely under our control. He has also written a bunch of articles about this and that aspect of nineteenth century literature. His current project is a book whose working title is something like “Eros and Isolation: Getting Away from Others in Nineteenth Century Literature.” This book brings a range of social theory to bear on writers like Austen, C. Brontë, Thackeray, Dickens and Eliot to figure out why it’s so hard to break free, even for a little while, from the groups that surround and define us. Most generally, he is interested in the ways that various ideas of society clash and collaborate with one another. Before his day is done, he hopes to write a book about Henry James. Jeff Nunokawa has been writing literary notes and essays on Facebook since 2005.

Jim Rosenberg is a poet, born in 1947. His work has included a wide variety of forms including linear work, works for multiple voices both live and on magnetic tape, and word environments constructed in San Francisco and New York. He began a life-long concern with non-linear poetic forms in 1966, with a series of polylinear poems called Word Nets. By 1968 this concern had evolved to an ongoing series of Diagram Poems, which continues to the present. This body of work includes Diagrams Series 3 and Diagrams Series 4. Since 1988 his work has consisted of interactive poems, beginning with Integrams, followed by Diffractions through: Thirst weep ransack (frailty) veer tide elegy, The Barrier Frames: Finality crystal shunt curl chant quickening giveaway stare, Diagrams Series 5, and Diagrams Series 6, available on the World Wide Web at He is the author of numerous essays and papers, a collection of which, Word Space Multiplicities, Openings, Andings: Collected Essays and Papers in Digital Poetics, Hypertext, and New Media, is forthcoming from University of West Virginia Press.

  • Program in American Studies
  • Digital Humanities Initiative