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. 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 and co-founder of the Science Fiction Working Group. Nominated in 2002 and 2005 for an award for teaching excellence in the UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Professor Harpold was a winner of the award in 2007. In 2011, he was nominated for a University-wide award for doctoral dissertation mentoring. He is the Department of English’s Director of Graduate Student Teaching and General Education.
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 Verne, Digital Humanities Quarterly, ImageTexT, IRIS, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Revue Jules Verne, Science Fiction Film and Television, Science Fiction Studies, and Verniana; and in edited collections such as 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 Studies, 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 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, chapters, and reviews in press include: an analysis of the historical, cultural, and medial sources of illustrator George Roux’s “Stop” caricature in Jules Verne’s Sans dessus dessous (1889); a review essay on Roger Whitson and Jason Whittaker’s William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media (Routledge, 2013) and the third edition of S. Damon Foster’s classic reference A Blake Dictionary: The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake (Dartmouth College Press, 2013); and entries for When Worlds Collide: The Critical Companion to Science Fiction Film Adaptations (Liverpool University Press, 2013), on film adaptations of Joseph Sargent’s Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) and Karel Zeman’s A Deadly Invention (Vynález zkázy, 1958).
His current writing projects include essays on: expressive structure and procedure in electronic poetry; the semiotics of illustrated fiction; and Verne’s ambiguous critique of African colonialism.
He is also working on two single-author book projects: Des leçons d’abîme, on intermedial “relays” in the fiction of Jules Verne; and Up Above, on the influence of Charles Fort on the aerial imaginary of early 20th century American, British, and French science fiction.
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