David P. Rando, Ph.D.
- Professor , English
I regularly teach Literary Methods and British Literature: French Revolution to the Present. I teach upper-division seminars such as Realism to Postmodernism and Beyond, Experimental Fiction of the 20th Century, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Animal Studies and Modern Fiction, and many others. I also participate in the Arts & Ideas FYE. In my classes, I aim to produce critical communities in which students can comfortably practice critical inquiry while honing methodological competence, writing skills, and knowledge of literary and cultural history.
Hope, Form, and Future in the Work of James Joyce, argues that hope is an overlooked yet central term for understanding Joyce. Joyce has often been read in terms of individual and collective political paralysis and hopelessness. At times, he has also been described as endorsing certain political visions or programs. But a full consideration of the concept of hope helps to complicate these views and to present a Joyce who thinks more agilely about the future, possibility, and politics than has been sufficiently recognized.
In my book, Hope and Wish Image in Music Technology, I argue that music technologies such as filesharing platforms, streaming services, and media players, as well as many of their historical antecedents, attract unconscious desires for socialism and collectivity, enabling millions of people living under capitalism to dream of repressed social alternatives.
Another book, Modernist Fiction and News: Representing Experience in the Early Twentieth Century, explores how contested categories of experience motivated modernist fiction writers to engage with the revolutionized news discourse that claimed so much narrative space and power in their culture.
Writers considered in my published or in-progress work include Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Octavia E. Butler, Philip K. Dick, John Dos Passos, Louise Erdrich, William Gaddis, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Richard Powers, Thomas Pynchon, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Gertrude Stein, Jeff VanderMeer, David Foster Wallace, Jeanette Winterson, and Virginia Woolf. I’ve also written about music such as Matana Roberts’s Coin Coin project and Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane over the Sea. Some of my articles are accessible through Trinity University's Digital Commons.