Creative writing; poetry; twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture; history of literary criticism and theory; ecological humanities; digital studies
Bradley J. Fest
Associate Professor of English and Babcock Professor of English
Recent courses taught:
- Introduction to Textual Analysis
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Intermediate Poetry Workshop
- Advanced Poetry Workshop
- Reading Modern Poetry
- Four Modern American Poets
- Poetry and Technology
- Nature Writing
- John Ashbery in Context
- Critical Game Studies
Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants):
- Faculty Research Grants, 2019–20, 2021–22, 2022–23, and 2023–24
- Cora A. Babcock Chair in English, 2022–25
- Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
- Nominated for Best of the Net (twice)
- Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence, 2019–20
- Schachterle Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2013
- English Department Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
- Student Paper Award, Science Fiction Research Association, 2011
- Phi Beta Kappa
- 2013–2017: Sonnets (Ipswich, AU: LJMcD Communications, forthcoming 2024).
- The Shape of Things (Norwich, UK: Salò, 2017).
- The Rocking Chair (Pittsburgh, PA: Blue Sketch, 2015).
- Poems published in over forty journal and anthologies, with recent poems in Always Crashing, Call Me [Brackets], The Decadent Review, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, IceFloe Press, and elsewhere.
Criticism and Scholarship:
- “Something Worth Leaving in Shards: An Interview with Rachel Blau DuPlessis,” boundary 2 50, no. 2 (May 2023): 1–30.
- “‘Is an Archive Enough?’: Megatextual Debris in the Work of Rachel Blau DuPlessis,” in “Big, Ambitious Novels by Twenty-First-Century Women,” ed. Courtney Jacobs and James Zeigler, special issue, Genre 54, no. 1 (April 2021): 139–65.
- “Writing Briefly about Really Big Things,” in Begging the Question: Critical Reasoning in Chaucer Studies, Book History, and Humanistic Inquiry (Mythodologies II) , ed. Joseph A. Dane (Los Angeles: Marymount Institute Press, 2019), 177–81.
- “Reading Now and Again: Hyperarchivalism and Democracy in Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents,” CounterText 4, no. 1 (April 2018): 9–29.
- “Isn’t It a Beautiful Day? An Interview with J. Hillis Miller” (2014), repr. in Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations, by J. Hillis Miller, ed. David Jonathan Y. Bayot (Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2017), 191–224.
- “Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s ‘Breeze Avenue Working Paper,’” in Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. Michael Tavel Clarke and David Wittenberg (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
- “Metaproceduralism: The Stanley Parable and the Legacies of Postmodern Metafiction,” in “Videogame Adaptation,” ed. Kevin M. Flanagan, special issue, Wide Screen 6, no. 1 (2016): 1–23, http://widescreenjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/105/145.
- “The Function of Videogame Criticism,” review of How to Talk about Videogames, by Ian Bogost, b2o Review, August 3, 2016, http://www.boundary2.org/2016/08/the-function-of-videogame-criticism/.
- “An Interview with Jonathan Arac,” boundary 2 43, no. 2 (May 2016): 27–57.
- “Poetics of Control,” review of The Interface Effect, by Alexander R. Galloway, b2o Review, July 15, 2015, http://boundary2.org/2015/07/15/poetics-of-control/.
- “Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57, no. 5 (2016): 565–78.
- “‘Then Out of the Rubble’: David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction,” in David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels, ed. Marshall Boswell (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), 85–105.
- “Apocalypse Networks: Representing the Nuclear Archive,” in The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World, ed. Michael J. Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), 81–103.
- “The Inverted Nuke in the Garden: Archival Emergence and Anti-Eschatology in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest,” boundary 2 39, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 125–49.
College service and professional affiliations:
- Chair, Library and Educational Technology Committee
- Writing Underground Co-Faculty Advisor
- Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisor
- Hartwick College Honors Society
- Member of the Women and Gender Studies Program
- Faculty Development Committee
- Organizer of the Faculty Lecture Series
- Organizer of the Babcock Lecture
- Senior Thesis Committee
- Visiting Writers Series Committee
- Anna Sonder Prize Committee
- Member of the Modern Language Association and other professional organizations