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Bruce Clarke

Clarke, Bruce

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science

Office:Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo 210A
Email:bruce.clarke@ttu.edu
Web:http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/clarke

Clarke specializes in the coevolution of literary and technoscientific developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent books are Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; and Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. He is the co-editor of From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, and Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory.

Books
Editions
Special Issues
Book Chapters Forthcoming
Book Chapters in Print
Article, Article Reviews, and Introductions
Book Reviews
Invited Presentations
Awards

Routledge Companion to Literature and Science

Posthuman Metamorphosis-Narrative and Systems

From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art and Literature

Allegories of Writing

The Body and the Text

Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics

Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science

Emergence and Embodiment-New Essays on 2nd-Order Systems Theory


Books

  • Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.
  • Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.
  • Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis. Albany:State University of New York Press, 1995.

Editions

  • Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini, eds.  London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
  • From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Linda D. Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.
  • The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine.  Ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990.

Special Issues

  • Literature and Science: The Next Generation. Ed. Bruce Clarke. A special number of Intertexts (9:1): 2005.
  • Webs of Discourse: The Intertextuality of Science Studies. Ed. Bruce Clarke. A special number of Intertexts (3:2): 1998.

 

Book Chapters Forthcoming

  • Steps to an Ecology of Systems: Whole Earth and Systemic Holism.” InAddressing Modernity: Social Systems Theory and US Cultures. Eds. Hannes Bergthaller and Carsten Schinko. Amsterdam: Rodopi, forthcoming 2011.

 

Book Chapters in Print

  • Clarke, B. (2011). "Steps to an Ecology of Systems: Whole Earth and Systemic Holism". In Hannes Bergthaller and Carsten Schinko. (Ed.), Addressing Modernity: Systems Theory and US American Cultures (pp. 35). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

  • “Systems Theory.” In Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini, eds. Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, pp.214-25.
  • “Communication” and “Information.” InCritical Terms for Media Studies. Eds. W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp.131-44, 157-71.
  • “Interview with Heinz von Foerster” and “Heinz von Foerster’s Demons: The Emergence of Second-Order Systems Theory.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp. 26-61.
  • --- and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Introduction: Neocybernetic Emergence.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp.1-25.
  • “Neocybernetics of Gaia: The Emergence of Second-Order Gaia Theory.” InGaia in Turmoil:Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis. Eds. Eileen Crist and H. Bruce Rinker. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009, pp.293-314.
  • “Der Selbstreferenzielle Wissenschaftler: Erzählung, Medien und Metamorphose in Cronenbergs Die Fliege.” Trans. Sascha Pöhlmann. In Frosch und Frankenstein. Bilder in und über Wissenschaft-Popularisierungen und Mythenbildung. Ed. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. Bielefeld: Transcript. 2008.
  • “Suffragism, Imagism, and the ‘Cosmic Poet’: Scientism and Spirituality in The Freewoman and The Egoist.” In Little Magazines and Modernism. Ed. Adam McKible and Suzanne Churchill. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. pp.117-31.
  • “The Self-Referential Scientist: Narrative, Media, and Metamorphosis in Cronenberg’s The Fly.” In Science Images and Popular Images of Science. Ed. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. New York: Routledge, 2007: 301-22.
  • “Noise in the System: Kinga Araya’s Media Art.”  Hybris: Kinga Araya. Ed. Sebastian Cichocki. Bytom: Bytomskie Centrum Kultury, 2003: 79-87.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” In Democracy, Civil Society, and Environment. Ed. Joseph Bilello. Muncie, IN: College of Architecture and Planning Monograph, Ball State University, 2002: 41-49.
  • "Dark Star Crashes: Classical Thermodynamics and the Allegory of Cosmic Catastrophe.”  In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 59-75.
  • “From Thermodynamics to Virtuality.”  In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 17-33.
  • “A Different Sun: The Allegory of Thermodynamics in D. H. Lawrence.” In Myth and the Making of Modernity. Ed. Michael Bell and Peter Poellner. Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998: 81-98.
  • “Aspects of the Daemonic in Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table.” In The Literature of Science: Perspectives on Popular Scientific Writing. Ed. Murdo William McRae. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1993: 169-85.
  • “The Melancholy Serpent: Body and Landscape in Lawrence and William Carlos Williams.”  In D. H. Lawrence’s Literary Inheritors. Ed. Keith Cushman and Dennis Jackson. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991: 188-210.
  • “Keatsian Turns: Diagraming Metaphor and Empathy.” In Approaches to Teaching Keats’s Poetry. Ed. Walter H. Evert and Jack W. Rhodes. New York: MLA, 1991: 59-63.
  • “Life, Language, and Identity: Lewis Thomas’s Biomythology in The Lives of a Cell.” In The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990: 207-17.

 

Articles, Article Reviews, and Introductions

  • Clarke, B. “Heinz von Foerster and Niklas Luhmann: The Cybernetics of Social Systems Theory”. 18(3-4). Journal Articles (Accepted)
  • Clarke, B. (2011). “Embodied Mediation: Semiosis in _Avatar_”. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung,35.
  • Clarke, B. “Rethinking Evolution". Cybernetics and Human Knowing.
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Introduction: Neocybernetic Emergence.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp.1-25.
  • Bruce Clarke. “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah?  Joseph Carroll’s Literary Darwinism.” Electronic Book Review (2009)
    http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/criticalecologies/antimodern
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Neocybernetic Emergence: Retuning the Posthuman.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16:1-2 (2009): 83-99.
  • “Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Neocybernetics.” Subject Matters 3.2-4:1 (2007): 31-48.
  • “Gaia Matters: James Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia and Stephan Harding's Animate Earth.”  (2006) electronic book review
    http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/criticalecologies/looped
  • “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah? Joseph Carroll’s Literary Darwinism.” Green Letters 7 (2006): 36-41.
  • “Introduction.” Literature and Science: The Next Generation. Intertexts 9.1 (2005): 1-3.
  • “The Metamorphoses of the Quasi-Object: Narrative, Network, and System in Bruno Latour and The Island of Dr. Moreau.” Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 50 (2005): 37-56.
  • “Paradox and the Form of Metamorphosis: Systems Theory in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Intertexts 8.2 (2004): 173-87.
  • “Mediating The Fly: Posthuman Metamorphosis in the 1950s.” Configurations 10.1 (2002): 169-91.
  • “Introduction.” With Linda D. Henderson. In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 1-15.
  • “Science, Theory, and Systems.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 8.1 (2001): 149-65.
  • “Friedrich Kittler’s Technosublime: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter.” American Book Review 22.1 (2000): 7, 9.
  • “Friedrich Kittler’s Technosublime: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter.”  electronic book review 10 (1999)
    http://www.altx.com/ebr/reviews/rev10/r10cla.htm
  • “Introduction: Webs of Discourse—The Intertextuality of Science Studies.” Intertexts 3.2 (1999): 99-104.
  • “Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Lawrencean Aether.” Paunch 69-70 (1999): 123-35.
  • “A Scientific Romance: Thermodynamics and the Fourth Dimension in Charles Howard Hinton’s ‘The Persian King.’” Weber Studies 14.1 (1997): 62-74.
    http://altx.com/ebr/w(ebr)/essays/clarke.html
  • “Allegories of Victorian Thermodynamics.” Configurations 4.1 (1996):67-90.
  • “Introduction: Allegory and Science.” Configurations 4.1 (1996): 33-37.
  • “Dora Marsden and Ezra Pound: The New Freewoman and ‘The Serious Artist.’” Contemporary Literature 33.1 (1992): 91-112.
  • “D. H. Lawrence and the Egoist Group.” Journal of Modern Literature 18.1 (1992): 65-76.
  • “Dora Marsden and The Freewoman: Anarchism and Literature.” Works and Days 10.1 (1992): 129-43.
  • “Resistance in Theory and the Physics of the Text.” New Orleans Review 18.1 (1991): 86-93.
  • "Introduction." In The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine, ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990. 1-8.
  • “Sacred Truths, Complex Tropes, Critical Misreadings.” University of Hartford Studies in Literature 21.3 (1989): 55-60.
  • “Circe’s Metamorphoses: Late Classical and Early Modern Allegorical Readings of the Odyssey and the Metamorphoses.” University of Hartford Studies in Literature 21.2 (1989): 3-20.
  • “Daemonic Anatomy: Embarrassment and Theft in Apuleius’s The Golden Ass.” Mosaic 21.2-3 (1988): 13-23.
  • “The Melancholy Serpent: Body and Landscape in William Carlos Williams and D. H. Lawrence.” Bucknell Review 31.1 (1988): 139-58.
  • “Artifice and Oscillation in the Eighteenth-Century Sublime.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 28.3 (1987): 271-77.
  • “The Fall of Montezuma: Poetry and History in William Carlos Williams and D. H. Lawrence.” William Carlos Williams Review 12.1 (1986): 1-12.
  • “Dora Marsden’s Egoism and Modern Letters: West, Weaver, Joyce, Pound, Lawrence, Williams, Eliot.” Works and Days: Essays in the Socio-Historical Dimensions of Literature and the Arts 2.2 (1985): 27-47.
  • “Birkin in Love: Corrupt Sublimity in D. H. Lawrence’s Representation of Soul.” Thought 59.235 (1984): 449-61.
  • “Fabulous Monsters of Conscience: Anthropomorphosis in Keats’s Lamia.” Studies in Romanticism 23.4 (1984): 555-79.
  • “The Apolline Complex in Contemporary Tabloid Journalism.” Studies in Popular Culture 7 (1984): 86-93.
  • “The Eye and the Soul: A Moment of Clairvoyance in The Plumed Serpent.” The Southern Review 19.2 (1983): 289-301.
  • “Wordsworth’s Departed Swans: Sublimation and Sublimity in Home at Grasmere.” Studies in Romanticism 19.4 (1980): 355-74.
  • “Imagination’s Glory, the One, the Sexual Body: Contexts for ‘Dejection: an Ode.’” Paunch 48-49 (1977): 51-82.
  • “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Detached Consciousness.” Paunch 42-43 (1975): 21-39.

 

Book Reviews

  • "Decomplexifying Luhmann: Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems, by Hans-Georg Moeller.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 15.2 (2008): 93-96.
  • “The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760-1860, by Ted Underwood.” European Romanticism Review (2008). 19:5.
  • "D. H. Lawrence and Survival: Darwinism in the Fiction of the Transitional Period, by Ronald Granofsky.” Studies in the Novel 37.3 (2005): 352-54.
  • "Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication, ed. Timothy Lenoir.”  Comparative Literature 52.1 (2000): 87-90.
  • "Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture, by Lois Palken Rudnick.” D. H. Lawrence Review 27.1 (1998): 119-22.
  • "D. H. Lawrence’s Response to Plato: A Bloomian Interpretation, by Barry J. Scherr.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 41.2 (1998): 243-46.
  • "Days and Nights with Lawrence: D. H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage, by Brenda Maddox, and A D. H. Lawrence Chronology, by Peter Preston.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 38.4 (1995): 542-46.
  • "A Lawrencean Cosmology: Sketches of Etruscan Places and Other Italian Essays, by D. H. Lawrence.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 37.4 (1994): 556-59.
  • "Vitalism and/or Nihilism: Two Lawrenceans.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 37.2 (1994): 269-74.
  • "Literature and Sickness, ed. David Bevan.” Literature and Medicine 12:2 (1993): 239-41.
  • “Doubt and Identity in Romantic Poetry, by Andrew M. Cooper.” Studies in Romanticism 30.4 (1991): 692-95.
  • “Reading Pound Reading: Modernism After Nietzsche, by Kathryne V. Lindberg, and Ezra Pound: The Legacy of Kulchur, ed. Marcel Smith and William A. Ulmer.” South Atlantic Review 54.3 (1989): 147-50.
  • “Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry, by Gregory Woods.” D. H. Lawrence Review 21.1 (1989): 107-8.
  • “Honest Simplicity in William Carlos Williams’s ‘Asphodel, That Greeny Flower,’ by Marilyn Kallet, and A Poetry of Presence: The Writing of William Carlos Williams, by Bernard Duffey.” South Atlantic Review 53.1 (1988): 167-70.
  • “Symbol to Vortex: Poetry, Painting and Ideas, 1885-1914, by Alan Robinson.” South Atlantic Review 51.4 (1986): 156-59.
  • “The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi.” The Georgia Review 40.2 (1986): 576-79.

 

Invited Presentations

  • Clarke, B., Cosmology and Cosmopolitanism in Media and Culture, International Research Institute for Transformations in the Humanities, University of Cologne, Germany, "“Mediations of Gaia”," International, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (November 2011).
  • Clarke, B., Heinz von Foerster Congress, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, "“The Self-Organizing Classroom: Foerster’s BCL Pedagogy 1968-1974”," International, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (November 2011).
  • Clarke, B., Journee Posthumanisme, Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université
  • “Gaia Theory and Neocybernetic Posthumanism.” Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université Paris 8, March 21, 2011.
  • “Information, Cognition, and Narration.” Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition, Université Paris 8, March 19, 2011.
  • “Posthumanism, Subjects, and Systems.” School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 10, 2011.
  • “‘Our Microscopic Allies’: H. G. Wells among the Microbes.” Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Berne, Switzerland, March 9, 2011.
  • “‘Our Microscopic Allies’: H. G. Wells among the Microbes.” Department of English, University of Basel, Switzerland, March 8, 2011.
  • “Michel Serres’ Cybernetics in Autopoietic Context.” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2011.
  • “Heinz von Foerster in the Systems Counterculture.” Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2010.
  • “Gaia Theory and Biodiversity.” Plenary address for “Biodiversity and Contemporary Art,” SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia at Perth, November 2010.
  • “Embodied Mediation: Semiosis in Avatar.” Invited presentation for the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar, November 2010.
  • “Narrative Medium, Narrative Form: Reentry and Time.” Plenary address for “Loopings,” annual meeting of the Society for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft), Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, October 2010.
  • “Waiting for Gaia.” Invited presentation for Idioms of the Post-Global, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, March 2009.
  • “Systems Countercultures: Buckminster Fuller and the Whole Earth Catalog.” The Counterculture in the  1950s and 1960s: From the Beats to Bucky Fuller, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 2008.
  • “Bringing Neocybernetics to Lindisfarne.” Lindisfarne Fellows Conference, Santa Fe, NM.  2008.
  • “The Evolution of Metamorphosis in Octavia Butler’s Fiction.” Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CN.  2006.
  • “The Environment of Systems Theory in Margulis and Sagan.” Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.  2006.
  • “Communication and Media: Technoscientific Transformation and Social Theory.” Comparative Literature Program, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  2006.
  • “‘The Flow of Energy Through a System’: Getting Started with Systems in the Whole Earth Catalog.” The Whole Earth, parts thereof, a symposium on the Whole Earth Catalog, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA.  2006.
  • Discussant, panel on “The Death of the Postmodern and the Post-Ironic Lull.” University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. 2005.
  • “Niklas Luhmann and Heinz von Foerster: The Cybernetics of Social Systems Theory.” Department of Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. 2005.
  • “The ‘Top Word of 2003’: Notes on the Rhetoric and Epistemology of ‘Embedding’ in Media, Narrative, and Systems.” Department of English, Rice University, Houston, TX. 2004.
  • “Narrating The Fly: Media, Systems, and the Self-Referential Scientist.” 2003. Symposium on Images of the Sciences and Scientists in Visual Media, Deutsches Haus at New York University, New York, NY.
  • “Embedding and Self-Reference in Narrative, Media, and Systems: Framing The Fly.” Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 2003.
  • “Posthuman Metamorphosis.” Department of English, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 2003.
  • “History and Systems.” Roundtable on “Hard Choices: How Should Literary Theorists Approach Science.” Modern Language Association Convention, New York, NY. 2002.
  • “Teleporting The Fly: Media, Metamorphosis, Systems, and the Self-Referential Scientist.” Department of English, SUNY/Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. 2002.
  • “Bruno Latour’s Aramis and the Metamorphoses of the Quasi-Object.” Panel on Networks, Quasi-Objects, and Identity: Reintegrating Humans, Technology, and Nature, Academy of Management Convention, Denver, CO.  2002.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” Symposium on Democracy, Civil Society, and Environmental Design, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.  2002.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” Writing Science Symposium, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 2002.
  • “Allegory, Observation, and the Career of Maxwell’s Demon.” History of Science Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. 2002.
  • "Modernism and Science.” Seminar co-leader with Linda Dalrymple Henderson. 2000. Modernist Studies Association conference on “The New Modernisms II,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Aether and Phonograph: The Fourth Dimension and the Real.”  Panel on “Modernism’s Fourth Dimensions,” Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. 2000.
  • “From the Aether to the Fourth Dimension: Modernist Energies in D. H. Lawrence.” Program in Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina. 2000.
  • “From the Aether to the Fourth Dimension: Modernist Energies in D. H. Lawrence.” General Lewis Lecture, Department of English, Texas A&M University. 2000.
  • “D. H. Lawrence Encounters Albert Einstein.”  SMU-in-Taos Summer Lecture Series, Ranchos de Taos, NM. 1998.
  • “Dark Star Crashes: Thermodynamic Scientism and the Allegory of Cosmic Catastrophe.” From Energy to Information: Representation in Science, Art and Literature: A Symposium/ Workshop, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 1997.
  • “Scientism in the Modern Cultural Field.”  Center for the Study of Modernism, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas/Austin. 1996.
  • “Modern Art and Science: History, Anachronism, Universality.” Panel on Modernism and Science, College Art Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. 1995.

 

Awards

Research

  • Fellowship, International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, 2010-11 
  • Funded Invitation, Inaugural Meeting of the Chinese Daoist Salon, Zhengzhou, China, 2010
  • Texas Tech University Arts & Humanities Travel Funding Award: 4th European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2006.
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Fellowship, University of Texas/Austin: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1996 
  • Gloria Lyerla Memorial Research Travel Grant, Texas Tech University: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1995
  • President’s Book Award, Texas Tech University, for Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics, 2003
  • American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant for International Meetings: “D. H. Lawrence and the Egoist Group,” 1990
  • Texas State Organized Research Seed Grant: “Modernist Individualism,” 1987
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid: “Dora Marsden and Modern Letters,” 1985
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave (competitive sabbatical): “Systems Cultures,” 2006
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “Bodies of Information,” 2000
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1995
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “Modernist Individualism,” 1990

International Invited Lectures

  • “Michel Serres’s Cybernetics in Autopoietic Context.” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2011.
  • “‘Our Microscopic Allies’: H. G. Wells among the Microbes.” Department of English, University of Basel, March 8, 2011; Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Bern, March 9, 2011.
  • “Information, Cognition, and Narration.” Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition, Université Paris 8, March 19, 2011.
  • “Gaia Theory and Neocybernetic Posthumanism.” Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université Paris 8, March 21, 2011.