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Authors | Dean Irvine

Dean Irvine is an associate professor at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, and the editor of The Canadian Modernists Meet, Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, Archive for Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay, and Editing as Cultural Practice (with Smaro Kambourelli). He directs Editing Modernism in Canada, Agile Humanities Agency, the Canadian Literature Collection, and the Modernist Commons.

Articles on Amodern by Dean Irvine


An Operator’s Manual for Compulibratories

Proposed here is a variation on Kenneth Goldsmith’s theorization of uncreative writing—a practice of uncreative reading, one that sees Early Birney’s experimentation with computer-assisted poetry as an act of human-machine interaction in which he reads digitally generated linguistic code through an analog process of critical perception and editing. One of Birney's computer-assisted poetry experiments (“Space Conquest”) is situated in relation to a genealogy of laboratory-based aesthetic research conducted by twentieth-century avant-garde writers, visual artists, and architects. Hypothesis: if uncreative writing is lab work—coding and decoding—uncreative reading is the execution of programs—both digital and analog—to parse linguistic, computational, and ideological codes.