John C Freeman
Professor of English
John Freeman is a Renaissance scholar with a wide range of research and teaching interests, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Thomas More’s Utopia to issues involved in digital and popular culture (such as the MTV series Catfish). He has published articles in such venues as Postmodern Culture, ELH, Studies in the Novel, Moreana, English Literary Renaissance, CTheory and Modern Language Review. As a teacher, he enjoys engaging students in dialogues about literature, science, digital studies and social issues.
His most recent publication is entitled “Tupac’s ‘Holographic Resurrection’: Corporate Takeover or Rage against the Machinic?” (CTheory). Here, he questions the wisdom of having Tupac Shakur copyrighted and brought back from the dead in order to perform “live” once again.
He is currently working on two projects: “Shakespeare’s Imitation Game, or: How Do You Solve a [Problem Set] Like Katherina?” This applies principles of computer programming and logical induction to The Taming of the Shrew, arguing the play operates in the fashion of an artificial intelligence system in assuming a resistant mind of its own. In “Me, My Selves, and I-Bots,” he examines how phenomena like robotic pets, Second Life, and holographic simulations are redefining human subjectivity.
The full range of his scholarly work can be explored at the following website: hythlodaeus.weebly.com.