Aaron Ottinger, PhD

Literature & Mathematics | Global Ecodigital Divide

ABOUT

For the last decade, my research has focused on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and mathematics. I examine how this relationship opens up new perspectives and thereby re-conditions how we relate to history, futurity, and "the human."

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More recently, I have been focusing on "the global ecodigital divide." This study examines the long historical connections between technology, systemic racism, and ecological destruction, from the transatlantic slave trade to present-day digital colonialism.

In the classroom, I teach literature, rhetoric and composition, the history of media, digital culture, and digital humanities. I am trained to teach online and in person. I have also designed several service learning courses ("Social Justice and Digital Media"). All of my classes include hands-on activities. So if you take a class with me, you can definitely expect to make something (in addition to writing essays, of course!).

Last, I'm always working on something new: reading a new author, learning a new song, designing a new class, trying a new recipe, or hiking a new trail. Right now, I'm fulfilling a dream of mine that is several years old: I'm adapting Romantic-era poems to video games in Unity. This should be good!

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RESEARCH

FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS

  1. Everything is out!

 

IN PROGRESS

  1. "The Speculative Logic of Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads," a journal article, drafting phase.
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  3. "Astral Romanticism: Poetics, Mathematics, Media, and Realism," a manuscript, drafting phase.

 

ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. "The Global Ecodigital Divide: A Collaborative Mapping Exercise for Online Classrooms," Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities, 21 Jul. 2021.
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  3. “The Mathematics of Associationism in Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy,” a chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics. Edited by Alice Jenkins and Rob Tubbs. Palgrave, 2021, 439-56.
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  5. “Ecocritical Perspectives and Media Adaptations in the Anthropocene: Teaching Wordsworth’s ‘Written in Germany,’” an essay for “Teaching Romanticism in the Anthropocene,” Romantic Circles: Romantic Pedagogy Commons. Edited by Chris Washington. 2020.
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  7. “Astral Guts: The Nemocentric Self in Byron and Brassier,” a chapter for Romanticism and Speculative Realism. Edited by Anne McCarthy and Chris Washington, Bloomsbury, 2019.
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  9. “Geometry, the Body, and Affect in Wordsworth’s The Ruined Cottage.” Essays in Romanticism, vol. 21, no. 2, 2014, pp. 159-178.

 

REVIEWS

  1. The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space, by Anna Kornbluh in Romantic Circles (2020).
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  3. Literature After Euclid: The Geometric Imagination in the Long Scottish Enlightenment, by Matthew Wickman in Romantic Circles (2017).
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  5. Romantic Intimacy, by Nancy Yousef in Romantic Circles (2015).
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  7. Plastic Intellectual Breeze: The Contribution of Ralph Cudworth to S.T. Coleridge’s Early Poetics of the Symbol, by Cristina Flores in The Coleridge Bulletin (winter 2009), 92-94.

 

SELECT BLOG POSTS

Blogger, Medium.

  1. "Academic Unemployment," 4 Sep. 2019.
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  3. "From Academic CV to non-Academic Resume, Step 1: Get Help," 26 Jun. 2019.

 

Editor and Contributor, “Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future,” a three-part series for The K-SAA Blog.

  1. "Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future: Adapting Ada," 10 Dec. 2018.
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  3. "Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future: An Interview with Roger Whitson, Part II," 28 Nov. 2018
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  5. "Ada Lovelace, Romantic from the Future: An Interview with Roger Whitson, Part I," 27 Nov. 2018

 

Communications Fellow, Keats-Shelley Association of America.

  1. "Interview: Keats Symposium:Ann Rowland on Keats, America, and Author Love" 22 Jan. 2018.

 

Staff Blogger, NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog.

  1. "The Day After Payday: Graduate Students, Gleaning, and Apocalypse," 11 Oct. 2013.
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  3. "Digital Humanities: My Introduction 1.3" 13 Jun. 2013.
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  5. "Digital Humanities: My Introduction 1.2" 14 May, 2013.
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  7. "Digital Humanities: My Introduction 1.1" 19 Feb. 2013.
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  9. "Toward a Map of the International Conference on Romanticism 2012: 'Catastrophes'" 12 Nov. 2012.
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  11. "A Meditation on the One-Year Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street: Fear, Silence, and Participation" 18 Sept. 2012.
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  13. "Back to School: Time to Learn" 8 Sept. 2012.
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  15. "The Painful Pleasures of Romantic Feet," 2 Aug. 2012.
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  17. "The Sublimity of '2001: A Space Odyssey,'" 21 Apr. 2012.
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  19. "The Speculative Turn and Studies in Romanticism," 30 Mar. 2012.

 

 

 


TEACHING

SYLLABI

Digital Studies

  1. DICE 4040: Social Justice and Digital Media, Seattle University, online, synchronous, winter 2021.
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  3. DICE 4020: Global Digital Cultures, Seattle University, online, asynchronous, fall 2020.
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  5. DICE 4010: Digital Identities, Seattle University, online, asynchronous, fall 2020.
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  7. DICE 3020: History of Text Technologies, Seattle University, online, asynchronous, spring 2020.

 

Literary Studies

  1. English 200: "Prometheus Bound and Unbound: Science and Literature from Oral Culture to Digital Media", University of Washington, face-to-face, fall 2017.

 

Rhetoric & Composition

  1. English 101: Mathematizing Human Life: Writing and Rhetoric in an Algorithmic Culture, Highline College, face-to-face, spring 2019.
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  3. English 101: Rhetorical Approaches to Writing and Ecopoetry, Highline College, face-to-face, spring 2018.
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ADDITIONAL TEACHING MATERIALS

Sample Course Maps

A course map of Digital Cultures and Ecology

 

A course map of History of Text Texchnologies: it includes the introduction and three modules that follow, from ancient texts to hyper-reading in the digital age