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Swanstrom, Elizabeth
January 27th, 2007 under Grad Students

Transliteracies Project Research Coordinator; Graduate Student, Comparative Literature Department, UC Santa Barbara
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Elizabeth SwanstromElizabeth Swanstrom is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include twentieth-century Latin-American and American literatures, the literature of the fantastic, history of science, media theory, and science-fiction film and literature. Swanstrom is a member of the development and editorial team of The Agrippa Files: An Online Archive of Agrippa (a book of the dead). In addition to her academic work, she writes short fiction and serves as co-editor for the online literary journal Sunspinner. She is currently working on a dissertation that examines the relation between network technologies and subjectivity in literature and art.

 Links:      Home page | “Wax Blocks, Data Banks, and File #0467839: The Archive of Memory in William Gibson’s Science Fiction” | The Agrippa Files | Sunspinner

After his final flatline in William Gibson’s Neuromancer, McCoy Pauley, a cyberspace cowboy with a southern drawl and a penchant for surviving brain death, undergoes a radical transformation. His cognitive processes, personality quirks, ICE-cutting skills, and memories are all recorded on a ROM cassette and stored as file #0467839 in the basement library of the sense/net archives. The McCoy Pauly / Dixie Flatline’s reconfigured technological nature provides us with a new way to imagine the archive of memory, revealing not only the manner in which we perceive it, but how might understand it in the future, allowing us to imagine a physical metaphor for the psychical apparatus that evolves from Freud’s description of it in “A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad.”

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