English Language and Literature

Justin Carpenter is a PhD Candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. His current research traces the use of the term 'generative' from literary to computational contexts, arguing that an understanding of this term opens up a variety of arguments around concepts such as authorship, agency, emergence. He argues that such a genealogy can help situate game studies scholarship in dialogue with modernist and postmodernist literary studies, as well as cinema and other media. His other research interests include poetry, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics.

Justin has recieved several awards such as the 2017 GradTALKS Research Dissemination Award and Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as the David Nimmo English Graduate Scholarship. He has also attended both the 2016 & 2017 Conference for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA).


Sample Publications 

"Ethics in the age of Technological Disruption": A discussion paper for the 2018 True North Conference"

- Peter Barr, Shahene Patel, and Justin Carpenter

 "Hold On To the Center": Hyper Light Drifter, the Tao Te Ching, and the Process of Mastery 

- Justin Carpenter; First Person Scholar 

University of Waterloo

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