Terry Harpold

Associate Professor

Terry Harpold (PhD, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of English, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Florida. From 2013–16 he was the Department of English’s Director of Graduate Student Teaching and General Education. His research and teaching interests include science fiction and film, climate fiction and film, digital humanities, image-text studies, and psychoanalysis. He is a member of UF’s Digital Humanities Working Group, co-founder of the Science Fiction Working Group, and founder of UF’s “Imagining Climate Change” initiative.

His book Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2008. With Daniel Compère and Volker Dehs, he is co-editor of  Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en hommage à Jean-Michel Margot (Encrage Edition / L’Association des Amis du Roman Populaire, 2015).

Recent essays and reviews by Professor Harpold have appeared in journals such as Bulletin de la Société Jules VerneDigital Humanities QuarterlyImageTexTIRISNineteenth-Century ContextsRevue Jules VerneScience Fiction Film and TelevisionScience Fiction Studies, and Verniana; and in edited collections such as Ecrire le Lieu, fictionnaliser l’espace (2016), Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture (2011) and Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science (2011). He is a member of the editorial boards of Game StudiesImageTexTPostmodern Culture, and The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction; a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Verniana: Jules Verne Studies / Etudes Jules Verne; and a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the North American Jules Verne Society. In 2010–11, he was the Chair of the international jury for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards. In 2014, Harpold founded the annual Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic. He is the Chair of the Award jury through 2019.

His articles and chapters in press include a chapter on “European Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century” for the forthcoming Cambridge History of Science Fiction and a review essay on Brian Stableford’s The Plurality of Imaginary Worlds: The Evolution of French Roman Scientifique.

His current writing projects include essays on the middle voice in the graphic eco-nonfiction of French journalist Philippe Squarzoni, and on the use of regular expression (grep) techniques in electronic erasure poetry; and a book-length project, Des leçons d’abîme, on intermedial “relays” in the fiction of Jules Verne.


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