Bradley J. Fest
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Areas of Expertise

Creative writing; poetry; twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture; history of literary criticism and theory; ecological humanities; digital studies

M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh - Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Bradley J. Fest

Assistant Professor of English

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Reading Modern Poetry
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • Poetry and Technology
  • Nature Writing
  • John Ashbery in Context

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants):

  • 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

Selected Publications:


Criticism and Scholarship:

  • “Writing Briefly about Really Big Things,” in Begging the Question: Chauceriana, Book History, and Humanistic Inquiry (Mythodologies II), ed. Joseph A. Dane (Los Angeles: Marymount Institute Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • “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,
  • “The Function of Videogame Criticism,” review of How to Talk about Videogames, by Ian Bogost, b2o Review, August 3, 2016,
  • “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,
  • “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:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisor
  • Writing Underground Co-Faculty Advisor
  • Hartwick College Honors Society
  • Graduate Advisory Committee
  • Senior Thesis Committee
  • Visiting Writers Series Committee
  • Anna Sonder Prize Committee
  • Member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, David Foster Wallace Society, Modern Language Association, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Society for Novel Studies, and other professional organizations.