It’s become a common practice to borrow metaphors from computing, systems science and ecology to describe network dynamics in literature. I’m interested in how the language of complexity goes beyond the metaphorical—how complexity inhabits literary processes as well as natural ones. The topic is particularly relevant as cultural processes increasingly entail discussions of actual environmental concerns (for example, in the domain of ecocriticism).
I’m most interested in the areas of literary chaotics, void, and “wildness” as these terms can apply to writing since the Modernists. I’m also interested in the ways in which urban writing practices demonstrate forms of ecomodernism, and how the text enacts processes that are, by intention or not, similar those that of biological systems.