Terry Harpold (PhD, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida. His research and teaching interests include environmental humanities, science fiction and film, animal studies, 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. From 2013–16 he was the Department of English’s Director of Graduate Student Teaching and General Education. Nominated five times for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mentoring and Teaching Awards, he was a winner of the CLAS Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and 2020.
He is the author of Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path (2008); co-editor, with Daniel Compère and Volker Dehs, of Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en hommage à Jean-Michel Margot (2015); and coeditor, with Pasqual Bernat, Nicolás J. Moragues González, Ariel Pérez Rodríguez, Cristian Tello, and Volker Dehs, of Ciencia, literatura e imaginación (2015). Recent essays by Harpold have appeared in journals such as Digital Humanities Quarterly, Galaxies, ImageTexT, Science Fiction Film and Television, Science Fiction Studies, and Verniana; and in edited collections such as The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (2019), Los viajes extraordinarios de Jules Verne (2018), and EcoComix: Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels (2020).He is a member of the editorial boards of ImageTexT, Postmodern 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 2014, Harpold 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 scholarly essays on the fantastic written in a language other than English.
His scholarly writing projects in press or in progress include essays on: the formless (Georges Bataille's l’informe) in climate fiction by Jean-Marc Ligny and Alexis Wright; vegetarianism and veganism in the fiction of obsessively carnist Jules Verne; Verne and his illustrators’ depictions of American abolitionist John Brown; Verne’s interest in the 1888 Mars opposition and contemporaneous debates regarding evidence for life on Mars; and a journal special issue on “Science Fiction, Radical Visioning, and Social Justice” (coedited with Karina Vado). He is also working on two book-length projects, Des leçons d’abîme, on image-text relays in Verne’s illustrated fiction, and Beware the Blob, on the abject and the formless in contemporary climate fiction and film.
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