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Donald Ault (PhD, 1968, University of Chicago) taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Vanderbilt University before coming to Florida in 1988. In 1972–74 Professor Ault initiated curriculum changes at Berkeley by creating English 176 (“Literature and Popular Culture”) and English 177 (“Literature and Philosophy”). At UF he taught courses in Romanticism, in comics, animation, and movie serials, in literary theory, in William Blake, and in literature and science.

Professor Ault wrote Visionary Physics: Blake’s Response to Newton (1974) and Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake’s The Four Zoas (1987), co-edited Critical Paths: Blake and the Argument of Method (1987), and edited Carl Barks: Conversations (2003). He served as consultant and contributor to The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge (1983–90) and The Barks Library in Color (1992–98). His work appeared in journals such as Studies in RomanticismModern PhilologyEighteenth-Century StudiesThe Wordsworth CircleThe Keats-Shelley Journal, and The Comics Journal, as well as in various essay collections, including Comics & Culture: Analytical and Theoretical Approaches to Comics (2000). Professor Ault was executive producer and editorial supervisor for the videotape production The Duck Man: An Interview with Carl Barks (1996). A new and expanded version of his first book (Visionary Physics and Other Essays: Blake Newton, and Incommensurable Textuality ) appeared in 2003.

With the help of UF students, especially John F. Ronan, Professor Ault organized the first two annual installments of “University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels” – “The Will Eisner Symposium” (2002) and “Underground(s)” (2003). He  was Founder and Editor Emeritus of the Department’s open access journal ImageTexT, dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media.

Assistant Professor

Creative Writing (Fiction)


Uwem Akpan teaches graduate and upper-level fiction workshops.  His fiction and autobiographical pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, the Nigerian GuardianOthe Oprah magazine, etc. His collection, Say You’re One of Them, was published by Little, Brown in 2008 and has been translated into twelve languages.  It won the Commonwealth Prize (Africa Region), the Open Book Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was the 2009 Oprah Book Club selection.

Uwem has been a fellow at the Loyola University Chicago’s Catholic Center, the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the University of Michigan’s Humanities Institute, and the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute.  He is in the process of writing his second book.

Professor Akpan’s CV

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Associate Professor
Amoko’s new book project examines the deployment of sexuality in late colonial and postcolonial African literature and the figuration of the father as the embodiment of an increasingly beleaguered patriarchal tradition. Following Judith Butler, the book examines gender trouble in the postcolony. In addition to his book Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution, Amoko has contributed to The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory and The Cambridge Companion to African Literature.

Amoko’s work has also appeared in the journals Modern Drama, Callaloo, and Mosaic. His teaching interests are postcolonial theory and literatures, critical theory, cultural studies, ethnic literatures of Canada and the United States, and modern drama.

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