Review of Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

Steeplejack. A.J. Hartley. Tor Books, 2016. pp. 336. $18. ISBN: 978-0-7653-8342-6. WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers. Also, full disclosure, Diana Pho graciously provided me with an advanced copy of the book. The most compelling moments in A.J. Hartley’s steampunk novel Steeplejack occur when Anglet Sutonga recalls the deaths of people lost in the city’s […]

Functional Iterability, Temporal Scale, and Digital Materiality: Caroline Levine’s Forms, Chapter 1

I just started reading Caroline Levine’s fascinating, provocative, and inspiring book Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton UP, 2015). I decided to write a short reflection on the first chapter, and I may or may not continue doing this as I proceed through the book. Like most people who have studied literature over the past twenty years, […]

NAVSA 2015 — Anthropogenic Steampunk: A Geology of the Victorian in China Mieville’s Iron Council

This presentation is part of my current book project on steampunk and what I call nineteenth-century digital humanities. I make the case in the introduction that we need better models for digital humanities scholarship that interface with different historical periods, particularly when those periods have been appropriated or adapted into digital media. For me, the […]