Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, USA
In the luckiest and otherwise best cases, academic research and teaching afford the opportunity for continuous learning and reinvention, rather than standing in place in a career based on initial training. Every four or five years I've moved my work in a meaningfully different direction, from (1) creative writing and general or public arts criticism, to (2) new media, hypertext, and electronic literature, (3) translation studies, world literature, and multilingual literature, (4) security studies and critical institutional and disciplinary history, (5) the cultural history and political economy of computing.
At Penn State I'm the faculty director of the Digital Culture and Media Initiative, a project of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts. My teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses in new media and digital studies. Recent graduate seminars include “Media Theory and Modernity,” “Historicizing ‘Digital Humanities’,” and “Platform, Software and Code Studies.” Other undergraduate and graduate teaching has included courses in the theory of the essay, the literary fragment, U.S. nonfiction prose, and literatures of migration and displacement.
The literary authors and thinkers I've written about include Theodor W. Adorno, Gloria Anzaldúa, Christine Brooke-Rose, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Susana Chávez-Silverman, Jacques Derrida, G. V. Desani, Ariel Dorfman, Eva Hoffman, Georg Lukács, Marshall McLuhan, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Orhan Pamuk, Ilan Stavans, and Karen Tei Yamashita. In contemporary literature, my current interests are in (1) Silicon Valley fiction and memoir and (2) speculative fiction generally, with an emphasis on so-called "climate fiction."
In a past life I wrote literature. My literary publications from 1996–2009 included City: An Essay (University of Georgia Press, 2002), Dial Series One (Potes & Poets Press, 1999), and poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in literary journals. In the same period I published a variety of general or public arts criticism including reviews of works of contemporary poetry and fiction and essays on topics like code poetry, digital art, literary hypertext and hypermedia, the lyric essay, and the first generation of web-based poetry journals.
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