THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 8)

In a critical consideration of Brown's narrative deployment of uncertainty let us consider two antagonists within American fiction: Hannibal Lector, from Thomas Harris' Hannibal Rising and Leonid Danilovich Arkadin from Eric Van Lustbader's The Bourne Objective. Both are intelligent, cunning and ruthless yet sympathetic characters with a predilection for ultra-violence. Hannibal is a young man… Continue reading THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 8)

THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 7)

Shortly after the transformation of the Wieland Sr.'s temple, we are introduced to the theme of voice and rhetoric, a theme which will form the backbone of many of Brown's subsequent social and philosophical critiques as well as a sizable portion of the novel's plot. This theme takes the form of Wieland, Jr.'s intensive interest… Continue reading THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 7)

The Futurist Manifesto of Architecture

The speculative techno-poetic document provided below was written in 1914 by the Futurist architect and draftsman, Antonio Sant'Elia [anˈtɔnjo santeˈlia]. I have here reproduced Sant'Elia's manifesto in it's entirety for the prospective edification of my readership. No architecture has existed since 1700. A moronic mixture of the most various stylistic elements used to mask the skeletons… Continue reading The Futurist Manifesto of Architecture

Fording The Liminal Sea

The information fields are vast. Let us go a'harvesting! Raise up your scythes loyal comrades and follow me into the field! A field of dataflows from which we will construct our dreams. Phantasmagorical spaces open up the doors of hitherto unthought possibility, untapped potential. Free-flying we leap from the precipice, heedless of the danger. Careless… Continue reading Fording The Liminal Sea

THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 6)

To better help the reader understand the religious and social criticism and commentary in Wieland, it is pertinent to examine the historical context in which it was written. Brown's novel was published in 1798 and subsequent republication in 1811 which places the writing of the piece just around the beginning of what has come to… Continue reading THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 6)

THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 5)

W I E L A N D The following work is delivered to the world as the first of a series of performances, which the favorable reception of this will induce the writer to publish. His purpose is neither selfish nor temporary, but aims at the illustration of some important branches of the moral constitution… Continue reading THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN LITERARY TRADITION (PART 5)