Gerald R. Lucas

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

Bulgakov and Pasternak

The role of the artist in their twentieth-century Russian classics

While both Bulgakov and Pasternak share social, national, and…

Energize Your Syllabus with Wayfinder

Wayfinder presents educators with a unique way to curate texts for online and mixed learners. Use it on your syllabus or as an…

The Liberal Arts Are Dead

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

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.

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.

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. Scott…

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.