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Let the Writer Write and the Reader Read: The Influence of Oulipo on Computer Generated Poetry

In 1984, free-lance writer William Chamberlain and program analyst Thomas Etter developed Racter, short for raconteur, a computer program that developed poetry (Ledbetter 39). In the same year, Racter’s creations were compiled into the first book of computer poetry entitled The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed. This book includes poetry, prose, dialogue, and even conversations with its programmers.





Wyrd and Wyrm

I. Beowulf
In a revenge-driven world where war never ceases, Fate is a dominant force behind the relentless presence of death. Little solace exists for the humans struggling to survive in this harsh land. They turn to higher powers as reasons for earthly sorrow; Fate and God together explain the cycle of life and death, the cycle which all the people know they must complete—it is everyone's destiny to die.

Photography, Capitalism, and Commodity Culture

          In her 1977 collection of essays, On Photography, Susan Sontag writes, “A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.”   She makes this assessment after analyzing the way cameras and photographic images function in China – a country whose relationship to photography starkly opposes that of the United States, primarily because of political and cultural differences.  Sontag uses China as a model of one kind of “dictatorship” that places limits on photographic use,

Collusion and Resistance

          Political issues have a tendency to manifest in popular culture in an overwhelmingly polarizing manner. The content of such conversations often revolves around monologues in which opposing factions seek to one-up each other in order to emerge victorious, rendering true dialogues in which the nuances of complex issues are elucidated and actually discussed all but obsolete.

The Role of the Artist in the Composition, Content, and Reading of Ulysses

James Joyce’s Ulysses is a venerable and yet intimidating tome, slashing rules of plot, narration, and style with relentless acuity, and presenting a new vision of what the novel should be. When considering the intricacies that make this work function on the many levels that it does, the role of the author himself is called into question—for what sort of an author might Joyce have been to create such a work as Ulysses?

The Flesh Curtain: The Future of Industrial Oppression in Blade Runner

Foregrounding the blatant concerns over identity inspired by Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner, Scott develops the conflict of class struggle through the use of Marxist allegory in his futuristic world. Through his development of the Blade Runner world—using setting and imagery, character relationships, and language and scripting—Scott builds a peek at the future evolution of Marx’s class struggle.

Strange Bedfellows: Ang Lee’s Investigation of Food, Sex, and Culture

The Chinese hold claim to one of the world’s oldest, largest, and richest cultures. It is one of stringently particular taste and expectations. Rooted in Confucianism, Chinese culture often does not waver from the traditional manner of the Great Teacher’s code of living. This code, among certain repressive features, heavily weighs on rituals and their importance. Modern China retains many rituals, but one that remains on top of all is that of cooking and eating the meal. Ming-Yeh T.

Fact or Fiction? The Myth of Leonardo da Vinci

No one name has captivated historians as much as Leonardo da Vinci. Hearing his name brings to mind not only sketches, drawings, and paintings, but an idea of his character. I picture his long white beard, matched with his long grey hair, observing the patterns in a pool of water. But no one has ever shown me a picture of Leonardo, I have never seen an image of him aside from his own self portrait. So why is it that I can picture him so clearly in my mind’s eye?