Ken Alba

My dissertation focuses on the relationship between literature and information technology, with a particular focus on post-45 Anglophone drama and newer works of electronic literature. I’m fascinated by the ways certain media technologies make possible (or impossible) certain kinds of literary and social performance, and how a careful reading of literature about the relationship between performance and technology can illuminate what identity – and identity categories like race and gender – looks like in the information age. In the classroom I work with a wide range of material, from science fiction to early modern drama, in a wide variety of genres and mediums, from novels to films and television programs to video games.

You can view my CV here.

Ph.D., English, Boston University, expected 2019
M.A., English, Boston University, 2015
B.A., English, summa cum laude, Southern Connecticut State University, 2014
B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, Southern Connecticut State University, 2014

2019                    Pop Beckett
                             Forthcoming, Ibidem Press
                             Included Essay, “Samuel Beckett and Memes: Online Aftertexts”

2019 Spring     The Beckett Circle
                             Theater Review: “But The Cloudless at the Sprinkler Factory”
2018 Autumn   The Beckett Circle
                               Theater Review: “Waiting for Godot at the Firehouse Theater”

Conference Presentations
2019 July             The Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Media Arts Festival
                                University College Cork, Cork, IR
                                Presented “Texts, Interfaces, and The Puzzle Element in Her Story” 

2019 May             The American Literature Association’s Annual Conference
                                  Boston, MA
                                Presented “‘Skin and Air’: Remediation and Power in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

2019 April           Technology and Literature
                             Boston University Romance Studies Department, Boston, MA
                             Presented “‘A Play Infected With A Virus’: Signal, Noise, and the Glitch in Blue Kettle

2019 March        “Beyond Beckett”
                                Centre Culturel Irlandais de Paris, FR
                                Presented “Almost to the Tick and EndlessGame: Adapting Beckett with Unity”

2018 September  Samuel Beckett and Technology
                                  Charles University, Prague, CZ
                                  Presented “Krapp’s Last Tape and the Extended Mind”

2017 May                Embodying Media: From Print to the Digital
                                  Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
                                  Presented “Staging Quad as an EndlessGame

2016 April             Technology and the Human: Rethinking Post Humanism 
                                 Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
                                 Presented “Performing Identity on Virtual Stages”