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Paul Benzon teaches contemporary literature, media studies, and critical writing. He received my Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In his research, he explores how the material and formal extremities of textual artifacts reveal the cultural history of modern and contemporary media technology. His work has appeared in electronic book review, CLCWeb, PMLA (where it won the William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in 2010) ,and Narrative (where it received the James Phelan Prize for the Best Contribution to Narrative in 2013). He has recently taught courses in Electronic Literature, Contemporary American Fiction, and Debates in Digital Culture in the English Department and The First-Year Writing Program at Temple.
He is currently at work on two projects: in Archival Fictions: Materiality, Form, and Media History in Contemporary Literature, he explores the relations between formal experimentation and media history in a series of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century literary texts, including work by Don DeLillo, Andy Warhol, Kevin Young, Hari Kunzru, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. He has also begun work on a second project, Deletions: Absence, Obsolescence, and the Ends of Media. In Deletions, he traces a history of textual disappearance across a range of twentieth- and twenty-first-century media, from book burning, redaction, and the combustion of celluloid film to the global circulation of electronic waste.
CV: Dr. Paul Benzon
“Bootleg Paratextuality and Digital Temporality: Towards an Alternate Present
of the DVD.” Invited contribution to Narrative 21.1 (2013): 88-104. Print.
“Digital Media, 419, and the Politics of the Global Network.” Invited contribution
to CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 13.3 (2011): n. pag.
“Lost in Transcription: Postwar Typewriting Culture, Andy Warhol’s Bad Book,
and the Standardization of Error.” PMLA 125.1 (2010) 92-105. Print.