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CRITICAL WRITING ABOUT STEVE TOMASULA

       Books

David Banash ed., Steve Tomasula: The Art and Science of New Media Fiction. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015 (17 critical essays on the fiction of Steve Tomasula, including an interview by David Banash. 344 pgs.).

Flore Chevaillier, Divergent Trajectories: Interviews with Innovative Fiction Writers. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2017.

Grzegorz Maziarczyk, The Novel as Book: Textual Materiality in Contemporary Fiction in English. Lublin, Poland: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2013.

N. Katherine Hayles, How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

David Banash, "Conclusion: From the Twentieth-Century's Cutting Edge to the Twenty-First-Century Copy" in his Collage Culture: Readymades, Meaning, and the Age of Consumption. NY: Rodopi, 2013.

Mary Holland, Succeeding Postmodernism: Signifying Families in Late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Fiction. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Flore Chevaillier, The Body of Writing: An Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2013.

Grzegorz Maziarczyk, "Print Strikes Back: Typographic Experimentation in Contemporary Fiction as a Contribution to the Metareferential Turn" in The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation. Werner Wolf ed. New York, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011. 169-193.

      Jouranls (excluding reviews)

“Spotlight on Science: Steve Tomasula,” Interview by Katie Luu in The Blog of the MIT Press, 18 December 2015.

Sandra Bettencourt, "The Novel as Multimedia, Networked Book': An Interview with Steve Tomasula" in Materialidades da Literatura / Materialites of Literature (Portugal) Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016. [http://iduc.uc.pt/index.php/matlit/article/view/2657/1985].

Daniel Green, "The Materiality of the Medium: On Steve Tomasula" in The Kenyon Review, Spring 2015.

Gilbert Pham-Thanh, "The Importance of Being Earnest in Flatland" in The Electronic Book Review. May 5, 2015.

Illya Szilak, "Steve Tomasula's Brilliant Literary Time Machine" in The Huffington Post, February 14, 2014.

Sylvie Bauer, "Poets and Language Whores in IN&OZ, by Steve Tomasula" in Golden Handcuffs Review. No. 17. Fall-Winter 2013-14. pp. 193-204.

Manuel Portela, Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-reflexive Machines. Cambridge: MIT Press (Sept. 2013).

Yuriy Tarnawsky, "Once Human: Stories" in The Collagist, March 2014.

Steve Owen, "Once Human: Stories by Steve Tomasula" in Quarterly West, October 26, 2014.

Pawel Frelik, "Reading the Background-the Textual and the Visual in Steve Tomasula's The Book of Portraiture" in Sillages critiques: Exposition / Surexposition. Monica Michlin and Fraçoise Samarcelli eds. Université Paris-Sorbonne (France) No. 17, December, 2013.

Johanna Drucker, "Transforming Artist Books: Future Visions and Versions of the Codex." London: Tate Museum, 22 August 2013.

Special Issue on Steve Tomasula in Electronic Book Review, Kiki Benson ed. July 2012:

"An Interview with Steve Tomasula" by J. Have.

"You've Never Experienced a Novel like This: Time and Interaction When Reading TOC" by Alison Gibbons.

"Flatland in VAS" by Lila Marz Harper.

"Tech-TOC: Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings" by N. Katherine Hayles.

"Languages of Fear in Steve Tomasula's VAS: An Opera in Flatland" by Anne-Laure Tissut.

"Pierre Menard with a Pipette: VAS and the Body of Text" by Alex Link.

"The Archeology of Representation: Steve Tomasula's The Book of Portraiture" by Shoba Venkatesh Ghosh.

Amy J. Elias, "The Dialogical Avant-Garde: Relational Aesthetics and Time Ecologies in Only Revolutions and TOC" in Contemporary Literature. Winter 2012 vol. 53 no. 4. pp. 738-778.

David Ciccoricco, "The Materialities of Close Reading: 1942, 1959, 2009" in DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly. Vol. 6 No. 1. 2012.

Adam Kullberg, "IN & OZ" in Diagram Magazine. Vol. 13. No. 2. March 2013.

Alex Flesher, "Steve Tomasula's IN & OZ" in The Iowa Review. Vol. 43, No. 1. Spring, 2013.

"IN & OZ" in Midwest Book Review, Vol. 7, No. 7, July 2012.

Alison Gibbon, Multimodality, Cognition, and Experimental Literature. Routledge: New York, 2012.

John M. Vincler, "The Monstrous Book and the Manufactured Body in the Late Age of Print: Material Strategies for Innovative Fiction in Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl and Steve Tomasula's VAS: An Opera in Flatland" in Dichtung-Digital: A Journal of Art and Culture in Digital Media (Germany), Spring 2011.

Gruszewska-Blaim, Ludmi?a. "A (post-)novel?: VAS: An Opera in Flatland by Steve Tomasula" in Canon Unbound. Jadwiga W?grodzka ed. Koszalin (Poland): Wydawnictwo Uczelniane Politechniki Koszalinskiej, 2011. pp. 63-83.

Yuriy Tarnawsky, "Not Just Text: An Interview with Steve Tomasula" in Rain Taxi Review of Books. Spring 2011.

N. Katherine Hayles, "Tech-TOC: Complex Temporalities in Technical Objects and Digital Literature" in The Technical Condition: Existence and Knowledge in the Technical World. Erich Hoerl ed. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011.

Ann-Laure Tissut, "Signs of Time: VAS, A Story of Languages" in Science and American Literature in the 20th and 21st Centuries, from Henry Adams to John Adams. Claire Maniez, Ronan Ludot-Vlasak and Frédéric Dumas eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. pp. 147-158.

Iuli, Cristina. "Playing with Codes: Steve Tomasula's Vas, an Opera in Flatland" in Writing Technologies: Representational and Literary Futures: American Writing in the New Millennium. Tatiani G. Rapatzikou and Arthur Redding eds. Vol. 3 (2010), 64-85.

Jean-Yves Pellegrin, "Tactics Against Tic-Toc: Browsing Steve Tomasula's New Media Novel" in Études anglaises: revue du monde Anglophone (Paris) Vol. 62 No. 2. avril-juin 2010. pp. 174-190.

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, "The Cult of the Book-and Why It Must End" in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sept. 26, 2010.

Scott Rettberg, "Toc, eller kampen om tiden" in Vagant (Norway), September, 2010. pp. 16-17.

Stephanie Hlywak, "Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover, edited by Michael Martone" in Raintaxi. Online Edition: Spring 2010.

Ed Falco, "TOC" in American Book Review. Vol. 31, No. 1, November/December 2009. p. 21-22.

Gibbons, A. (2008) 'Multimodal literature 'moves' us: dynamic movement and embodiment in VAS: An Opera In Flatland', HERMES 41: 107-124. ISSN: 0904-1699.

R.D. Pohl, "Written Word: &NOW Conference Examines Role of World's Top Writers in The Buffalo News, Entertainment Section. October 9, 2009.

Virginia Konchan,"TOC: A New-Media Novel" in ForeWord Reviews. September/October 2009.

Susan Vanderborg, "Of 'Men and Mutations': The Art of Reproduction in Flatland" in Journal of Artist Books. Issue 24, Fall 2008. p 4-11.

Emily Pérez, "Between the Looking Glasses: Self-Representation and the Represented Self" in American Letters & Commentary. Vol. 19, 2008. p. 136-141.

Mike Barrett, "Seeing the Novel in the 21st Century" in Electronic Book Review, October 1, 2007.

Evan Gillespie, "Backdrop of the Midwest" in South Bend Tribune. Sunday, December 9, 2007. p. D5.

McKenzie Wark, "The Book of Portraiture by Steve Tomasula" in Bookforum. Vol. 12, No. 2 June/July/Sept 2006. p. 55.

Erin Frauenhofer, "Self Portraits" in PopMatters, 18 January 2007.

Eugene Thacker, "The Book of Portraiture: A Novel" in Leonardo. Vol. 40, Number 4, August 2007. pp. 403-404.

 

CRITICAL WRITING AND ESSAYS BY STEVE TOMASULA 

"Our Tools Make Us (And Our Literature) Post" in The Handbook of Electronic Literature, Joseph Tabbi ed. New York: Bloomsbury (2018). (pp. 39-59)

"Vast Landscapes, Small Screens & Altered Perspectives" in Paradoxa. Astrid Ensslin, Pawe? Frelik and Lisa Swanstrom eds. Vol. 29, Volume 29 Small Screen Fiction (2018).

"Time Capsule: Self-Capsule" in Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Bio Art & Poetry. Chicago: SAIC Video Data Bank TV (2018).

"I Joined the Avant-garde to Save the World and All I Got Was this Stupid Red Hat" in Statements, Jeffery DiLeo ed. New York: JEF ( 2018).

“Ars [telomeres] longa, vita [telomeres] brevis: Edunia & The Natural History of an Enigma” in Experimentalism (Special Issue of ASAP/Journal) Jonathan Eburne and Judith Roof eds.1.2 (2016) pp. 287-309.


“Our Tools Make Us (And Our Literature) Post,” Transatlantica, mis en ligne le 30 décembre 2014. Jean-Yves Pellegrin ed. Université Paris-Sorbonne. http://transatlantica.revues.org/7102.


“Nodes for a Posthuman Reading” in Théorie, Littérature, Epistémologie, (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes at Paris 8). No. 30-2013 (2014), pp. 11-25.


“I Only / Never I” in The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson eds. New York: Nightboat Books, 2015. pp. 320-21.


“Visualization, Scale, and the Emergence of Posthuman Narrative” in Sillages critiques: Exposition / Surexposition. Monica Michlin and Fraçoise Samarcelli eds. Université Paris-Sorbonne (France) No. 17, December, 2013.


“Art and the Aesthetics of Biology”in Meta-Life: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts, Annick Bureaud and Roger Malina eds. Leonardo/ISAST and MIT Press, 2014.

“00.0 Machine Writing” introduction to special section, American Book Review. Vol. 35, No. 2, January/February 2014. pp. 3-7.


“Information Design, Emergent Culture, and Experimental Form in the Novel” in The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012.  pp. 435-451.


“Code and New-Media Literature” in The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012.  pp. 483-496.


“Many Makers Make Baby Post: 40 Years of Reading ‘The Babysitter’” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2012. pp. 219-234.

“Where We are Now: A Dozen or So Observations, Historical Notes & Soundings for a Map of Contemporary American Innovative Literature as Seen from the Interior in Études anglaises: revue du monde Anglophone (Paris) Vol. 62 No. 2. avril-juin 2010. pp. 215-227.

“Emergence and Posthuman Narrative” in Flusser Studies: A Multilingual Journal for Cultural and Media Theory. Spring, 2010.

“(Gene)sis” in Eduardo Kac: El creador de seres imposibles. Andrés Burbano ed. and trans. Barcelona: UOC/A Minima.

“(Gene)sis” in Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Biotelematics, and Transgentic Art. Peter T. Dobrila ed .Maribor, Slovenia: Kibla, 2000. pp. 85-96.

“Gene(sis)” in Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information. Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle eds. New York: Routledge, 2003.

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“(Gene)sis” in Art in the Age of Biotehnologial Revolutions. (In English and Greek) Anna Hatziyannaki ed. Athens: Futura Publications, 2006. pp. 50-61.

“Gene(sis)” in In vitro, in vivo, in silicio: Ensaios sobre a relação entre arte, ciência, tecnologia e o sagrado. Adauto Villela trans. Leila Amaral and Amir Geiger eds. São Paulo: Attar, 2008. pp. 309-320.

“(GEN)ESIS” in Eduardo Kac. Tomàs Belaire, Josep Miquel Casanova and Virginia Collera trans. Valencia, Spain: IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, 2007. pp. 54-71.

“A Literary History in Medias Res” in Musing the Mosaic: New Essays on Ronald Sukenick. Matthew Roberson ed. Albany: SUNY Press, 2003.

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“Genetic Art and the Aesthetics of Biology” in Leonardo (M.I.T Press) Vol. 35, No. 2, 2002.

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“An Apology for Postmodern Prose” in The Iowa Review Vol. 32, No. 1, 2002.

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“Art in the Age of the Individual’s Mechanical Reproduction” in The New Art Examiner. Vol. 25 No. 7, April 1998.

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“Ways of Seeing/Ways of Being” in the Electronic Book Review. No. 7 Winter 1997-98.

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“Bytes and Zeitgeist: Digitizing the Cultural Landscape” in Leonardo (M.I.T. Press). Vol. 31, No. 5, 1998, pp. 337-334.


“Three Axioms for Projecting a Line or The Future of the Postmodern Novel” in The Reviewof Contemporary Fiction. David Foster Wallace ed. Vol. 26 No. 1, Spring 1996.

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“Remembering Raymond Federman,” in American Book Review. Vol. 31, No. 1, November/December 2009, p. 20.

“War of the Words” in American Book Review. May/June, 2009, p. 6.

“(Gene)sis” in Eduardo Kac, Histoire naturelle de l’Énigme. Martin Richet trans. Paris: Éditions Al Dante, 2009. pp. 44-63.

“On Flatness” in Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Issue 8, 2009, p. 110.

“The King Died, Then the Queen Lived Happily Ever After & Other Endings” in American Book Review Vol. 29, No. 2, January/February 2008, p. 10.

“Genetic Texts and Dominion over All the ERTH” in CyberText Yearbook 2001. Markku Eskelinen and Raine Koskimaa eds. Jyväskylä [Finland]: Research Centre for Contemporary Culture/ University of Jyväskylä, 2002. pp. 74-86.

“(Gene)sis” in Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Biotelematics, Transgenic Art. Peter Tomaz Dobrila, ed. Ljubljana, Slovenia: Slovenia Ministry for Culture and Education, 2000. pp. 84-99.

“Reading Rikki Ducornet” in The Fan Maker’s Inquisition by Rikki Ducornet. NY: Random House/Ballentine, 2000. pp. 213-222.

“Fiction at the Millennium” in Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres. Vol. 5, No. 13-14, 2000, pp. 360-376.

“Kacs Zeitkapsel: Selbsteinkapselung” in Kunstforum [Germany] No. 151, July-September 2000, pp. 125-129.

“Time Capsule/Self Capsule” in Circa: International Contemporary Visual Culture [Ireland] No. 89, Autumn 1999, pp. 23-25.
 
“Writing the Post-Biological Body" in Reframing Consciousness: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era. Roy Ascott, ed. Exeter and Portland: Intellect Press, 1999. pp. 113-118.

“Speaking through a Veil of Dollars: The Dialog between Art and Literature” in The New Art Examiner. Vol. 26 No. 10, July/August 1999, pp. 36-41.

 “Narrative + Image = Two Languages (in One Work) x Multiple Meanings [A Rationale for an Issue]” in the Electronic Book Review. No. 7, Winter 1997-98.

“Art in the Age of the Individual’s Mechanical Reproduction” in The New Art Examiner. Vol. 25 No. 7, April 1998, pp. 18-23.

“Ways of Seeing/Ways of Being” in the Electronic Book Review. No. 7 Winter 1997-98.

“[Re]Imagining the Book” in Upper and Lower Case: The International Journal of Graphic Design and Digital Media. Vol. 24 No. 1 Summer 1997, pp. 42-43.

“Three Axioms for Projecting a Line or The Future of the Postmodern Novel” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 26 No. 1, Spring 1996, pp. 100-108.

“The Garden in the Machine or The Function of a Literary Magazine” in Private Arts. No. 8 & 9 Fall 1994, pp -6 to -1.

“Reality, Unreality and Television" in the Chicago Tribune. March 25, 1982, Sec. 1, p. 22.


REVIEWS
“The One Marvelous Thing by Rikki Ducornet” in Rain Taxi. Online Edition: Spring 2010.

“Between Staying and Hearing: Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth” in American Book Review. Vol. 30, No. 2, January/February 2009, p. 17.

“The Religious & Other Fictions by Christina Milletti” in Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 27 Summer 2007, p. 148.

“New Arts of Being: Telepresence & Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits & Robots, Eduardo Kac” in American Book Review. Vol. 27, No. 5 July/August 2006, pp. 35-36.

“Frank, R.M. Berry” in Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 26, No. 3 Fall 2006, p. 149.

“Francis Johnson, Stacey Levine” in Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 26, No. 3 Fall 2006, pp. 150-151.

“My Body in Nine Parts, Raymond Federman” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol. 25, No. 3 Fall 2005, p. 140.

“The Thackery T. Lambshed Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts eds.” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol. 24, No. 1 Spring 2004, pp. 145-46.  Reprinted in Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture, No. 15, pp. 19-20.

“Let Text Be Text: Cistern Tawdry by Eckhard Gerdes” in Rain Taxi Vol. 8, No. 1 Spring 2003, p. 24.

“Leviathan 3: Libri quosdam ad sciéntiam, álios ad insaniam deduxére, Jeff VanderMeer and Forrest Aguirre eds.” in Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 149-150. Reprinted in Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture, No. 13. p. 23.

“The Next Big Thing: Alex Shakar, The Savage Girl” in American Book Review Vol. 23, No. 6, September-October 2002, pp. 20+.

“Much Ado About Warring Poetics” feature in American Book Review Vol. 23, No. 4, May-June 2002, pp. 7+.

“Martin Nakell, Two Fields that Face and Mirror Each Other” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol. 22 No. 1 Spring 2002, .p. 131. Reprinted in Context.

“Mario Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction Vol. 22 No. 1 Spring 2002, .p. 120-121.  Reprinted in Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture.

“Alvin Lu, The Hell Screens” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 21 No. 2 Summer 2001, p. 168.

“Carlos Fuentes, The Years with Laura Diaz” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 21, No. 1 Spring 2001, p. 191. Republished in Context. No. 7, Spring 2001, p 22.

“L.N Pearson and Lidia Yuknavich, eds., The Northwest Edge” in Rain Taxi. Vol. 6 No. 1, Spring 2001, p. 18.

“R.M. Berry, Dictionary of Modern Anguish” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 20 No. 3 Fall 2000, pp. 135-136.

“Dave Hickey and John de Fazio, Stardumb” in Rain Taxi. Vol. 5 No. 4, Winter 2000/2001, p. 29.

“Rikki Ducornet, The Monstrous and the Marvelous” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 20 No. 1, Spring 2000, p. 194.

“Richard Burgin, Ghost Quartet” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 20 No. 2 Summer 2000, p. 185.

“E-Operas and Yo-yos,” feature essay in American Book Review. Vol. 21, No. 3, March-April 2000, p. 15+.

“Rikki Ducornet, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 19 No. 3 Fall 1999, p. 181.

“Steven G. Kellman and Irving Malin, Into the Tunnel: Readings of Gass’s Novel” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 19 No. 2 Summer 1999, p. 141.

“Silvio Gaggi, From Text to Hypertext: Decentering the Subject in Fiction, Film, the Visual Arts, and Electronic Media” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 19 No. 2 Summer 1999, pp 144-45.

“Curtis White, Monstrous Possibility: An Invitation to Literary Politics” in Electronic Book Review. No. 9 Spring ’99.

“Curtis White, Memories of My Father Watching TV” in Electronic Book Review.  No. 9 Spring 1999.

“A Roundup of Image-Driven Narratives” in Electronic Book Review. No. 7, Summer 1998.

“Jonathan Baumbach, D-Tours” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Fall 1998: Vol 28 No. 3, p. 249.

“Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Torn Wings and Faux Pas” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Spring 1998: Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 231-32.

“Full-bodied Lit,” feature essay in American Book Review. Vol. 19, No. 6, September-October 1998, pp 9+.

“Rikki Ducornet, The Word ‘Desire’” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 18 No. 1 Spring 1998, p. 222.

“Dra— by Stacey Levine” in Rain Taxi. Vol. 2 No. 4 Winter 1997, p. 15.

“Hotel sans Walls: Storytown by Susan Daitch” in American Book Review.  Vol. 18 No. 4 May-June 1997, p. 28-29.

“City in Love by Alex Shakar” in Rain Taxi. Vol. 2 No. 2 Spring 1997, p. 44.