In one half of a pair of critical reviews looking at recent titles in animal studies, Karl Steel examines Nicole Shukin's Animal Capital (Shukin reviews Steel in the other half). In particular, Steel looks at Shukin's biopolitical framework, and considers how that framework challenges not only our conception of what constitutes the animal, but also--and more to the bone--our conception of the capacity of fields like animal studies.
Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.
Carsten Schinko on Niklas Luhmann's Analogue Loyalty.
Mark Hansen responds to Linda Brigham's review of Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing.
John Cayley replays what is literal and literary in the digital.
Countering the persistent popular notion that electronic literature is just reading the classics under glass, Daniel Punday advocates for greater innovation, and more authorial autonomy, at the level of book design. Insisting on "authors' rights to design the interface through which readers encounter their books," Punday argues that digital book publishing should strive to emulate the medial status of games, "which remain messy individuals."