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 interests and teaching include narrative and material operations of digital and print media; psychoanalytic theory; science and literature; and early science fiction (late 19th and early 20th centuries). Nominated in 2002 and 2005 for an award for teaching excellence in the UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, he 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 the forthcoming Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en l’honneur de Jean-Michel Margot (Encrage Edition / L’Association des Amis du Roman Populaire, 2014).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), Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science (2011) and Prepare for Pictopia! (2009). 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, with the help of an anonymous donor 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 and chapters in press include: a taxonomic study of ”lectoral art “ (images of readers reading) in the illustrated Hetzel editions of Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires, forthcoming in Collectionner l’Extraordinaire – see above; 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 article projects include studies of: expressive structure in electronic poetry; several essays on the semiotics of illustrated fiction; Verne’s critique of colonialism in several late African novels; and the use of wikis in collaborative research, writing, and teaching.
He is also working on two single-author book projects: Des leçons d’abîme, on intertextual “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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