Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.

Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.

Global Liberal Studies

New York University

michael.rectenwald@nyu.edu

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Education

Ph.D., Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004.

M.A., English Literature, Case Western Reserve University, 1997.

B.A., English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Research Interests

My research interests include nineteenth-century science and culture, nineteenth-century secularism, intellectual property, the future(s) of science and technology, and composition history and pedagogy.

Publications

Books

Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion and Literature. Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan (February 2016).

Rectenwald, Michael and Rochelle Almeida, Eds. Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age. Boston: De Gruyter (2015).

Rectenwald, Michael and Lisa Carl. Academic Writing, Real World Topics. Peterborough, Ont: Broadview Press (2015).

Articles

"Introduction: Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age." In Michael Rectenwald, Rochelle Almeida and George Levine, eds. Global Secularisms in a Post- Secular Age. Boston: De Gruyter (2015): 1-24.

"Mid-Nineteenth-Century British Secularism and its Contemporary Post-Secular Implications." In Michael Rectenwald, Rochelle Almeida and George Levine, eds. Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age. Boston: De Gruyter (2015): 43-64.

"Secularism." In Margaret Harris, ed. George Eliot in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013. 271-78. Print.

"Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism." The British Journal for the History of Science. 46.2 (2013): 231-254. Print. Copyright The British Society for the History of Science.

"Craig on God and Morality." Co-authored with Thomas W. Smythe. International Philosophical Quarterly.Vol. 51, No. 3, Issue 203 (September 2011): 331-338.

"Reading Around the Kids." Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George, eds. The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties while You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve. University of Illinois Press (1998): 107-13.

Rectenwald, Michael, and John Kuijper. "New Economic Criticism: A Review of the Conference." News and Notices for The Sociey of Critical Exchange, 9 Winter/Spring (1995): 11-12.

Reviews

"A Category in Contention": Review of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity, Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, eds., University of Chicago, 2014. Endeavor 39.1 (March 2015): 3.

"Naturally Scientific": Review of The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries, Bernard Lightman and Michael S. Reidy, eds. Pickering & Chatto, 2014. Endeavour Vol. 38 No. 34, pp. 151-52.

"Local Histories, Broader Implications:" Review of Patricia Donahue and Gretchen Flesher Moon, eds. Local Histories: Reading the Archives of Composition. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007. Series in Composition, Literacy and Culture. College Composition and Communication. Vol. 60, No. 2 (December 2008): W53-W57.

Web Only

"The Singularity and Socialism." Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. October 9, 2013. Republished from Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice.

"Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism." Insurgent Notes: Journal of Communist Theory and Practice. March 11, 2013.

"Darwin's Ancestors: The Evolution of Evolution." The Victorian Web. December 2008.

"The Construction and Deconstruction of Science in Middlemarch." The Victorian Web. December 2008.

Popular and Creative

"Degas's Wax Horses" and "Stolen Lines." Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers. 28 February 2014.

"Launching Pad." Ductsorg RSS. N.p., Issue 31. 01 June 2013.

Breach: Collected Poems, Apogee Publishing, 2013.

The Thief and other Stories, Apogee Publishing, 2013.

"The Beat Generation Meets The E-Generation." Review of Orpheus Emerged by Jack Kerouac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, February 11, 2001.

"Who's afraid of a Woolf Biography? Scholarly, Feminist Examination of Writer's Life Discards Romantic Bravado." Review of Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, August 24, 1997.

"Milton Finds and Loses Paradise in the New World." Review of Milton In America by Peter Ackroyd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sunday, July 13, 1997.

"The Landscape Of Yeats' Life Emerges From A Personal Perspective." Review of W.B. Yeats: The Man And The Milieu by Keith Alldritt. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, June 8, 1997.

"An Apprentice's Appreciation: Learning And Growing As A Poet, With Allen Ginsberg For A Guide: A Eulogy for Allen Ginsberg." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday, April 20, 1997.

"Launching Pad." Lip Mechanics (1995).

The Eros of the Baby Boom Eras. Bethesda, MD: Apogee Books, l991 (Poetry).

"The Eros of the Baby Boom Eras." The New York Quarterly 44, 1990.

Poems appeared in Pig Iron Press 13 (1987).

Assorted poems appeared in publications I cannot recall.

Technical

M. Rectenwald, Y. Seo, K. Lee, J.A. Giampapa, and K. Sycara, "Installation, Running and Editing Instructions for the ClassificationBox Text Classification Tool," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-04-58, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, November 2004.

M. Rectenwald, K. Lee, Y. Seo, J.A. Giampapa, and K. Sycara, "Proof of Concept System for Automatically Determining 'Need-to-Know' Access Privileges: Installation Notes and User Guide," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-04-56, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October 2004.

M. Rectenwald, J.A. Giampapa, B.K. Langley, and K. Sycara, "RETSINA Agent Name Service Documentation," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-03-11, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, December 2003.

M. Rectenwald, R. Singh, J.A. Giampapa, K. Sycara, S. Esch, and B. John, "User Guide for MORSE Command Simulation: Setup and Running Instructions," tech. report TR-03-40, Robotics Institute/Human Computer Interaction Institute Carnegie Mellon University, October 2003.

M. Rectenwald, R. Singh, J.A. Giampapa, S. Sesch, K. Sycara, and B. John, "User Guide for MORSEStation Range Operations Simulation," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-03-37, Robotics Institute/Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October 2003.


Course Resources

Writing Resources


In another life, I was an apprentice to poet Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado. I include some correspondence and other memorabilia from my experience with Ginsberg. I have more letters to and from Ginsberg, but haven't had the time to scan and get them online. Note: I am not a Beat Poetry fanatic. I have more war stories than "mystical visions and cosmic vibrations" to share about my personal Beat adventures "before and after."

For my political writings, go to www.legitgov.org.