Allison Muri

Allison Muri
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · Department of English

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Introduction
My research focuses on digital studies and the literary topographies of 18th-century London, and also 18th-century Medicine, Science and Technology. My current research project, the Grub Street Project, is a digital edition (in progress) of 18th-century London that maps book trades and other trades, people, events, and representations of the city in print. It uses "zoomified" 17th- and 18th-century maps of the city to visualize these relationships, mapped to an extensive database of early modern London. It also features full-text editions and facsimiles of works printed and sold in 18th-century London (with more to come).

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This essay examines the possibilities for creating digital editions as representations of social and topographical networks of time and space, rather than as standalone e-versions of printed books. La présente dissertation étudie les possibilités de créer des éditions numériques comme représentations de réseaux sociaux et topographiques dans le tem...
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This article suggests that Jerome McGann’s proposal for social text editing can be applied to editions understood not as one author’s works, but rather as networks of publications by many authors and editors. The ability to create such an edition has been hampered in the past by the inability of HTML to express the semantic richness of TEI XML. How...
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This paper describes a project-based senior undergraduate course in electronic scholarly editing at the University of Saskatchewan. Students used HTML to prepare and publish on the World Wide Web electronic documentary editions of two seventeenth-century books, the anonymous Eighth Liberal Science: or a New-found Art and Order of Drinking [1650], a...
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Twenty years ago, the book was figuratively laid to rest by artist Dennis Ashbaugh, author William Gibson, and publisher Kevin Begos, Jr. An art book wrapped in a shroud of cheesecloth and placed in a clam-shelled slate-grey case, deliberately distressed, seemingly time-scarred and battered, Agrippa (a book of the dead) (1992) evokes a disinterred...
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Scholars widely assume that the term generation, is preferable to reproduction in the context of early modern history, based on the premise that reproduction to mean procreation was not in use until the end of the eighteenth century. This shift in usage presumably corresponds to the rise of mechanistic philosophy; feminist scholarship, particularly...
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A scientific commonplace is that the human organism is a complex communications system. Within the body, the network of nervous system and brain communicates or transmits information through a series of electrical channels compared to telephone wires or computer processors.1 Such comparisons have resonated with portrayals of networked communication...
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In The Enlightenment Cyborg, Allison Muri presents cultural evidence, from literary, philosophical, scientific, and medical texts, for the existence of mechanically steered or 'cyber' humans in the works of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers. Muri illustrates how Enlightenment exploration of the notion of the 'man-machines' was inextricab...
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"The Future of the Page is a collection of essays that presents the best of recent critical theory on the history and future of the page and its enormous influence on Western thought and culture. Spanning the centuries between the earliest record of the page and current computerized conceptions of page-like entities, the essays examine the size of...
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Since the 1980s, popular media, literature and theory have suggested that technology has induced a newly evolved, posthuman and postmodern cyborg consciousness. This article examines the premise of human evolution towards a disembodied `post-human' state in cyberpunk literature and film, as well as some influential cyber-theory. Rather than indicat...
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The matriarchal goddess figure predominates in Irish literature. Kavanagh employs this old formula; however he obliterates any romanticism formerly associated with the myth. Punctuated with bitterness, the work attacks illusory fabrications of myth, whether Christian or pagan, and pronounces both to be damaging delusions of the usually idealized pe...

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