Gerald R. Lucas

English Professor & Digital Humanist; I teach literature, new media studies, and writing for digital media.

The Liberal Arts Are Dead

Should we educators just face the music and accept the fact higher ed is now just for job training?

Mailer’s Adverts & Hipster

Considering some seminal texts in Mailer’s career.

From his “First Advertisement for Myself,” Norman Mailer begins to express what will characterize the rest of his writing career. Right off, he demands the reader’s “finest attention” to present his two theses: “the shits are killing us” and the necessity of personal growth and…

Norman’s “Mailer”

Mailer’s multiple personae attempt to get at some sort of truth.

In reading The Armies of the Night, I have the distinct impression of reading…

Publications edited by Gerald R. Lucas

Literary criticism and theory. Voices and visions that have contributed to human culture, from ancient epics to postmodern parodies.

Articles about what makes us human: art, culture, literature, music, and all of the creative endeavors that define us, teach us, and give our lives meaning.

The name “Big Jelly” is taken from a story by Bruce Sterling and Rudy Rucker about big ideas brought about by technoculture. It is unusual collaborations, fusions, and juxtapositions in science fiction, futurism, and posthumanism.

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Respect Is Burning

Virginia Woolf and “The Hours”

Do we live in or just tolerate the hours?

’Cause we are born innocent
believe me, Adia, we are still innocent
it’s easy…

What Place Evolution?

An observation on Jack London’s “To Build a Fire.”

In his short work “To Build a Fire,” Jack London seems to suggest that humanity’s reason…

Dante and the Ladder

Plato’s Symposium and Dante’s climbing of the ladder of love through his Divine Comedy.

You Can’t Go Home Again

Some notes of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1931 short story “Babylon Revisited.”

I have finished re-reading, again, what is arguably F…

Do No Harm

When your doctor and your insurance company disagree, guess who gets harmed?

When a system only benefits a few, that system is broken.

On Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado”

What is Montressor’s deathbed confession really about?

There’s something just satisfying about reading Edgar Allan Poe. Perhaps…

The Cage

The narratorial voice in Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

While many suppose — and perhaps rightly so — that Holly Golightly is the protagonist of…