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, environmental humanities, 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. For 2017–2020 he is University of Florida Term Professor.
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 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 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 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 International Association for the Fantastic in the Art’s annual Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic. He is the Chair of the Award jury through 2019. 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.
His articles and chapters in press include essays on: the middle voice in the graphic eco-nonfiction of French journalist Philippe Squarzoni; Jules Verne’s interest in the 1888 Mars opposition and contemporaneous debates regarding evidence for life on Mars; reading Verne in the late Anthropocene; and a chapter on “European Science Fiction in the Nineteenth Century” for the forthcoming Cambridge History of Science Fiction.
His current writing projects include essays on “climate crises” of language in Claire Vaye Watkins’s Gold Fame Citrus; the figure of the “air serpent” in early 20th-century Anglophone science fiction; vegetarianism and veganism in the fiction of obsessively carnist Jules Verne; and a book-length project, Des leçons d’abîme, on Verne’s intermedial “relays”.
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