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How To Help When It Hurts? Think Systemic, Corey L. Wrenn Ph.D. Oct 2019

How To Help When It Hurts? Think Systemic, Corey L. Wrenn Ph.D.

Corey Lee Wrenn, PhD

To resolve a moral dilemma created by the rescue of carnivorous species from exploitative situations who must rely on the flesh of other vulnerable species to survive, Cheryl Abbate applies the guardianship principle in proposing hunting as a case-by-case means of reducing harm to the rescued animal as well as to those animals who must die to supply food. This article counters that Abbate’s guardianship principle is insufficiently applied given its objectification of deer communities. Tom Regan, alternatively, encouraged guardians to think beyond individual dilemmas and adopt a measure of systemic reconstruction, that being the abolition of speciesist institutions ...


Introduction: What Is “Creative Making As Creative Writing”?, Kathi Berens Sep 2019

Introduction: What Is “Creative Making As Creative Writing”?, Kathi Berens

Kathi Berens

This special issue of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies centers on how creative writing changes when writers actively engage computers as nonhuman collaborators in “creative making.” Using examples from McGurl’s The Program Era, Emily Dickinson, and the crowdsourced “translation” of Melville’s classic into Emoji Dick, Berens suggests that creative writing methods have long been procedural and technologic.

There are many forms of creative making. This special issue features creative writers that

  • Write code to output novels
  • Redefine how we think of writing’s “container”
  • Demonstrate aspects of the digital-first, multimodal writing classroom
  • Modify or remix existing artworks ...


(The “Avos” Phenomenon: A Non-Censured Theatre In The Novosibirsk University, 1975-1976). In: Mosty (The Bridges), Frankfurt, Germany, 2012, 34: 236–284.] [Part 1], Victor Fet, Serge Camyshani, Aleksandr Troitsky, Oleg Polyankov, Elena Fedorovskaya, Aleksandr Butorin, Mark Taraban, Sergei Kovalenko Aug 2018

(The “Avos” Phenomenon: A Non-Censured Theatre In The Novosibirsk University, 1975-1976). In: Mosty (The Bridges), Frankfurt, Germany, 2012, 34: 236–284.] [Part 1], Victor Fet, Serge Camyshani, Aleksandr Troitsky, Oleg Polyankov, Elena Fedorovskaya, Aleksandr Butorin, Mark Taraban, Sergei Kovalenko

Victor Fet

In 1975-1976, a group of science students of the Novosibirsk University (Russia, Siberia) created a small theatre that managed to avoid the official censorship for the entire season. In this memoir, several former actors, now scattered across the world, reconstruct the detailed history of their “Phenomenon” theatre 35 years later. The central event was the (first) staging (December 1975) of Andrey Voznesensky’s long poem “Avos'!”, long before the famous rock opera appeared.

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В 1975-1976 гг. группа студентов Факультета Естественных Наук Новосибирского университета (Академгородок) умудрилась создать свой неподцензурный маленький театр «Феномен», который успел просуществовать целый сезон. В этих мемуарах ...


Umsl Magazine: Spring 2018 Apr 2018

Umsl Magazine: Spring 2018

María Teresa Balogh

UMSL Magazine available online at https://issuu.com/umsl/docs/umslmag_s18/28

The University of Missouri–St. Louis publishes UMSL Magazine for alumni and friends. The magazine highlights excellence at the university. Circulation is 103,000 and the magazine is released twice a year. 


The Apocalyptic Adventures Of Private Winfred Scott Biegle, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Apocalyptic Adventures Of Private Winfred Scott Biegle, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

A modernist novel, describing a dystopian military in the imaginary dictatorship of Atlantis, written more than a half century ago when the author was a conscript in the army during the Cold War. As editor of the post newspaper at the Granite City Engineer Depot, Clifford Davidson was in a privileged position for observing the military mentality of the time, in particular the propensity for bullying intended to turn men into mindless killing machines. From other soldiers he was also able to hear disturbing stories at first hand about World War II and the very recent Korean War, only concluded ...


Some Imagined Theaters: Selections From A Fictional-Theoretical Universe, Daniel Sack Nov 2015

Some Imagined Theaters: Selections From A Fictional-Theoretical Universe, Daniel Sack

Daniel Sack

Early version of selection from forthcoming book.


The Word's The Thing Massart's 3rd Annual Festival Of New Plays, Rebecca Saunders Apr 2015

The Word's The Thing Massart's 3rd Annual Festival Of New Plays, Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders

Sponsored by the MassArt Liberal Arts Department, the Festival will present five plays developed by the MassArt Playwriting Workshop and two student plays chosen by Workshop judges. The plays range in length from five minutes to twenty-five minutes and include comedy, tragedy, psychodrama, performance pieces, and more.


Losing The Way, Finding The Way, Gene Washington Dec 2013

Losing The Way, Finding The Way, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

:10 minute play. 3 characters. Losing one thing and finding another is central to most religions: The thing found, or arrived at, has many names, "enlightenment," "salvation," "the city of God" (Augustine). (Compare the Christian paradox, "the way up is the way down.") The things lost are familiar, routine, things that have no significance beyond their presence…their warmth, if any, only warms themselves. Auden's great poem, "O where are you going" (a few lines quoted above) was an influence on the author's decision to use the "off-road" metaphor to structure the play and to "perform" the idea ...


Becalmed: A Modest Contribution To The Vast Literature On Cannibalism, Gene Washington Dec 2013

Becalmed: A Modest Contribution To The Vast Literature On Cannibalism, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A 10 minute play. 3 characters. A yacht out to win a sailing race is becalmed. The crew is starving. They decide to eat one of them. But they must first electioneer who shall be chosen to be eaten. Play ends with one of the crew asking the audience to decide who should be eaten


Yielding, Gene Washington Nov 2013

Yielding, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

No abstract provided.


Faces On The Cutting Room Floor, Gene Washington Nov 2013

Faces On The Cutting Room Floor, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

No abstract provided.


What Matters/What's Matter, Samuel Solomon Dec 2011

What Matters/What's Matter, Samuel Solomon

Samuel Solomon

No abstract provided.


The Mona Lisa Effect, Gene Washington Dec 2010

The Mona Lisa Effect, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A short play about the effect of the theft of Leonardo's Mona Lisa from the Louve in 1911. Many people, including Franz Kafka, came to see the black space where it once hung. The idea for this piece comes from two sources. One is the theft of Leonardo's Mona Lisa in 1911 (missing for two years) and the heightened attraction this caused. The other source was the author observing masses of tourists frequenting the Louve solely (?) for the purpose of being in the area where the picture is hung but without being able to penetrate the crowd to ...


When Dwight Proposed To Maryjane Digital Comons, Gene Washington Dec 2010

When Dwight Proposed To Maryjane Digital Comons, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A one act play. 3 characters. Transitions are always hard, birth, death, marriage, divorce etc. In this play there is presented a hard transition in a marriage proposal.


Should Writers Use They Own English, Vershawn A. Young Jun 2010

Should Writers Use They Own English, Vershawn A. Young

Vershawn A Young

This paper argues against critic Stanley Fish's assertion that students should not use dialect in academic writing.


Nah, We Straight: An Argument Against Code-Switching, Vershawn A. Young Jun 2010

Nah, We Straight: An Argument Against Code-Switching, Vershawn A. Young

Vershawn A Young

Although linguists have traditionally viewed code-switching as the simultaneous use of two language varieties in a single context, scholars and teachers of English have appropriated the term to argue for teaching minority students to monitor their languages and dialects according to context. For advocates of code-switching, teaching students to distinguish between “home language” and “school language” offers a solution to the tug-of-war between standard and nonstandard Englishes. This paper argues that this kind of code-switching may actually facilitate the illiteracy and academic failure that educators seek to eliminate and can promote resistance to Standard English rather than encouraging its use


The Value Of Books (Short Story), Jared Brown Apr 2009

The Value Of Books (Short Story), Jared Brown

Jared Brown

Short story originally published as one of three stories in Mind the Gap and Two Other Mysteries.


Bracelet, Gene Washington Dec 2006

Bracelet, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

ONE ACT PLAY: The lovers, JACK and JILL, have had a falling out. JILL agrees to give him a second chance. When they meet. JACK brings her a gift, a bracelet. JILL is reading a book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. He has had, with the help of his jeweler, "My love, more than yesterday" engraved on one side and, on the other, "My love, less than tomorrow." JILL does not understand the intention of "less than tomorrow"; nor does she accept JACK's interpretation of it. She rejects him and the bracelet. WOMAN, looking for her ...


A Hard Man Is Good To Find, Gene Washington Dec 2006

A Hard Man Is Good To Find, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

A short play. 4 Characters 1 female and 3 males. A pastiche of Hemingway. This play is essentially about female choice, a well-documented phenomenon throughout the animal kingdom. This accounts, in part, for the mix of characters and the effects of their different genders. In order for the qualities that ground JILL’s character (her discontent with JACK, her sensuality, skill with language, etc.), there must be at least two males exhibiting salient “polar” male traits for her to choose between.


His Presence Adds Nothing To The Party His Absence Takes Nothing Away, Gene Washington Dec 2004

His Presence Adds Nothing To The Party His Absence Takes Nothing Away, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

ONE ACT PLAY. 5 characters. Study of what can be called a "negative character." We know him as much as what he does not do (for example leave his bed, get dressed, go out) as we do his few positive qualities. In his speech there are more negative forms ("no," "never' etc) than positive ones


Healing The Past, Gene Washington Dec 2004

Healing The Past, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

How does one find absolution for past deeds? In Coleridge’s ONE ACT PLAY: Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner the old mariner does it, or attempts to achieve it, by telling and re-telling his story. In this play, finding absolution is presented as an “arena” of conflict between three historical personages, Mikhail Borodin, Sun Yat-sen and his wife Soong Ching-Ling. The historical context of the play is the Nationalist and Communist revolution of early 20th century China.


Notes On Theatre Of The Absurd, Gene Washington Dec 2004

Notes On Theatre Of The Absurd, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

These are notes from the author's classes on teaching theatre of the absurd: these include plays by Ionesco, Beckett and Stoppard. Some of the author's own absurdist plays, which were part of his pedagogy, are on this website under "Presentations."


That Fatal Brew Pub, Gene Washington Dec 2003

That Fatal Brew Pub, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

Skit featuring St. Peter, the devil and other heavenly creatures. The skit is essentially a parody of folks in a small town attempting to establish a brew pub in their town,


Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gene Washington Dec 2001

Outdoor Swimming Pool, Gene Washington

Gene Washington

Prose poem about different perspectives on an outdoor swimming pool. By "perspectives" is meant both subjective and objective ones.