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

Margaret Galvan is at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. In addition to the book, she will develop an affiliated digital project on the Manifold Scholarship online platform.

Her grant-funded archival research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, advertisements, and other image-text media produced by women. Her published work can be found in journals like Australian Feminist Studies, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Archive Journal. She serves on the MLA Forum Executive Committee for Comics & Graphic Narratives, and she is affiliate faculty of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that examine feminisms, queer theory, etc. through comics and other visual media. In these courses, students create public digital scholarship through multimodal research projects.

Professor Galvan’s CV


Associate Professor

Terry Harpold

Terry Harpold teaches courses on science fiction and film, environmental humanities, animal studies, digital humanities, image-text studies, and psychoanalysis.

He is the author of Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path (2008) and with Daniel Compère and Volker Dehs, co-editor of Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en hommage à Jean-Michel Margot (2015). Recent essays and reviews by Harpold have appeared in journals such as GalaxiesImageTexT, Science Fiction Film and TelevisionScience Fiction Studies, and Verniana; and in edited collections such as The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (2018) and Los viajes extraordinarios de Jules Verne (2018). His current writing projects and work in press include essays on: the comics “middle voice” in the graphic eco-nonfiction of Philippe Squarzoni; “climate crises” of language in Claire Vaye Watkins’s novel Gold Fame Citrus;  and vegetarianism and veganism in the fiction of obsessively carnist Jules Verne. He is working on a book-length project, Des leçons d’abîme, on image-text “relays” in Verne’s illustrated fiction, and two co-edited projects on social justice and science fiction and the visual imaginary of climate crisis.

Harpold is a member of UF’s Digital Humanities Working Group, co-founder of the Science Fiction Working Group, and founder and Director of UF’s Imagining Climate Change initiative. He is a member of the editorial boards of several scholarly journals in science fiction and contemporary literary studies. In 2014, he founded the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art’s annual Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic. He is also Director of the IAFA’s Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for critical essays on the fantastic written in a language other than English.