Nex of Vis: The Death of Nature in Neuromancer

On the surface, William Gibson’s Neuromancer appears to equate humanity with a need to establish a tangible connection with its technological advancements as seen through the idea of the body being just “meat” (Gibson 6) when not jacked into cyberspace. In other words, humanity is nothing without the power of technology to back it up. […]

Melville Writing the Reader: The Self Found in Ahab and Bartleby

Throughout the works of Herman Melville a theme of oppression persists in his character that defines the author’s works as a whole. This theme of oppression can be viewed as a comment on the social and political state of America in the 19th century, whether it is Captain Delano recapturing the right of whites to […]

Interpreting the Ghosts in Neuromancer

I tracked the word “ghost” in Neuromancer. “Ghost” appears in the novel eighteen times. Webster’s Dictionary defines “ghost” as “the seat of life or intelligence…a disembodied soul…a faint shadowy trace” ( The varying definitions of “Ghost” are useful to clarify because “ghost” seems to take on some and none of these meanings throughout Neuromancer. For […]

Phallic Dominance: The Aggravated Agency in Milton’s “Samson Agonistes”

On the surface, John Milton’s  poem “Samson Agonistes” critiques  Anglo-Christian supremacy over the more obscure religions of the world as seen through the character Samson, a “Heroic Nazarite” (Milton 318), laying waste to the “Heathen” (451) Philistine people. Samson claims that his mission to “Israel from Philistian yoke deliver” (39) is “Divine Prediction” (44), that […]

D.A. Powell: Breaching the Brume of HIV/AIDS

D.A. Powell’s Chronic is a collection of poems elegizing the people, including himself, who have died and are dying of HIV/AIDS.  Powell strives to make sense of the brutal nature of HIV/AIDS by approaching the disease from a surrealistic viewpoint which dissects what the word “chronic” means in the context of one suffering from HIV/AIDS. […]

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