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Disappearing Explorers, Demon Barbers, and Transatlantic Theatre

Good to "meet" all of you. I am honored to join the HASTAC scholars community.

I wear a variety of vocational hats at the moment. Primarily, I am a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina's Department of English and Comparative Literature. I am writing a dissertation tentatively titled "The Disappearing Explorer in Nineteenth Century British Literature, 1818-90." I write about scary things: terrae incognitae, explorers who were "never seen or heard from again," and ones who were eventually seen again, looking like this. And Sweeney Todd. He is not at all OT. (OTT, yes.)

In my teaching, I have employed experimental digital resources including the Social Computing Room at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RenCI) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There, my students are currently working on digital conference posters. I will blog on this shortly.

Lastly, I read plays for Origin Theatre Company in New York City. Founded by Irish actor George C. Heslin in 2002, with the assistance of patrons Niall Toibin and Brendan ("Downtown Abbey") Coyle, Origin's mission is to premiere contemporary European plays in New York. In so doing, we have introduced 40+ European writers to American audiences and fostered many enduring transatlantic collaborations. Our work is supported by digital technologies such as Skype, and I would like to find new ways to use electronic communications to enhance our development of European plays and international artistic coteries.

Best wishes,





Thanks, Pauline. I thought I had posted back to you yesterday but it seems not to have saved.

I will post a report on this year's digital poster session at renci once we've completed it in late october.

there may well be something like renci at Cornell. I had no idea there was at UNC until I was randomly told so by a neighbour who had done some work there with animation.


I didn't know of RenCI but I'll be sure to check out the website now! That seems like such a great place to teach indeed. We don't really have anything like that - that I would know of - in Cornell. I'd love to read/hear more about how you used that resource. Part of why I'm here is to discover what other people are doing when they actually teach with digital resources.

Also, I really love your dissertation subject! I'll be waiting for more on that!