(De)Constructing Digital Literature

DH306, New Media

photoPart of being a digital humanist means being a collaborator, and there are a plethora of facilitating platforms like GoogleDocs and Storify to link and co-author content. But sometimes deconstruction applies too, as Mark Sample proposes “what is broken and twisted is also beautiful, and a bearer of knowledge. The Deformed Humanities is an origami crane — a piece of paper contorted into an object of startling insight and beauty.” In this vein, here’s an Emily Dickinson poem that’s been deconstructed and rearranged, words linked by tangential pathways that make the poem malleable. You can read it however you choose, beginning wherever you want.

Comment below with the best phrases you find.

Literary Theory & Approaches to Literature

Sorry Keri, I couldn't resist.

Sorry Keri, I couldn’t resist.

This blog deals primarily with the analysis and interpretation of literary texts, as well as other creative mediums. I try to relate a bit of my own life to analyzing other works, so that I might better appreciate the work of art I’m scrutinizing and synthesize it for easy digestion by others. This week, however, I’ll be talking a bit about more established and institutionalized forms of literary theory, but don’t worry, you won’t be graded on it.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Analysis


24225In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, we’re introduced to themes that highlight the Victorian lifestyle, primarily the issues of being “earnest” (typically sincerity and honesty, a sense of duty and honor) and the importance of marriage (though the motivations for marrying are quite varied in the play). Wilde keeps the play light, with witty dialogue and an overlying motif of vapid aristocratic folly.

Hamlet: Analysis


shakespeare_AlamyShakespeare’s Hamlet was one of my first introductions to the Bard. A tragedy of immense proportions, the complex web of conflicts and plots weave together to build a unified rising action towards the play’s depressing climax. Since there’s so much to cover due to the play’s length, I’d like to focus on a couple things I found most intriguing about the work.

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: Argumentative Essay

EDHlit, Portfolio

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” is a peculiar addition to the lexicon of prose dealing with issues of faith. Here the typically center stage allegories and heavy-handed metaphors are buried in obscurity, and remain a conundrum to the reader long after finishing the story. Rather than spelling everything out for the reader, Marquez mirrors in his writing the kind of ambiguity prominent in most belief systems. The story portrays the paradoxes and fickleness of faith through its characters’ interactions with the Old Man, while forcing the reader to speculate on the dichotomy of cruelty and compassion.

Jabberwocky: Analysis



Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” is an enigma of a poem at first read. It contains many nonsense words and phrases of Carroll’s own invention, and has been interpreted and debated in a variety of ways since its penning, originally part of Through the Looking Glass. Carroll himself made many notes and comments about the supposed meanings of most of the words, and Humpty Dumpty explains them as well within the novel to Alice (though at times his and Carroll’s definitions differ).

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: Analysis


Old Man Wings

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings is an exemplary exploration of faith and the dichotomy of compassion/cruelty. The titular “angel” is viewed in opposition to more historically consistent versions of angels, and in bringing him “down to earth” Marquez lets the reader view something supernatural through the lens of everyday ordinariness. The key to understanding this story is presented through the pitiful girl who has been transformed into a spider for disobeying her parents and sneaking out to a dance. The spider-girl requires little more than pity to earn the spectators’ faith in her story, while the old man is persistently doubted, tormented, and seen as a repulsive abomination.