I teach American and world literature at Texas State University. My work, broadly speaking, looks at the relations among space, place, mapping, and narrative. I am the author of *Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism*, *Poe and the Subversion of American Literature*, *Spatiality*, *Utopia in the Age of Globalization: Space, Representation, and the World System*, *Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel*, and *Melville, Mapping, and Globalization*. My edited collections include *The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said*, *Literary Cartographies*, *Geocritical Explorations*, and *Kurt Vonnegut: Critical Insights*. I am also the general editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies” book series.
Kurt Vonnegut Society (since 2009)
Association Computability in Europe (since 2012)
Milton Society of America (since 2018)
National Coalition of Independent Scholars (since 2018)
British Haiku Society (since 2019)
(editor) (Essay collection on Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.) In progress.
(translated from Spanish) Natale, Pablo. (The Seven Marvelous Contemporary Anthologies.) 2020. In progress.
(translated from Spanish) Natale, Pablo. (A hét csodálatos kortárs antológia.) 2020. In progress.
(translated from English) Kacian, Jim. (where i leave off / ahol abbahagyom.) 2019. In progress.
(article) (“Illustration as Literary Translation: the First Hungarian Edition of Cat’s Cradle.”) Under review.
…forthcoming and under review
(editor) (Critical Insights: Life of Pi.) Salem Press, 2020. Forthcoming.
(article) (“Not Dead, Just Unalive: Authorship and Artificiality in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.”) Under review.
(translated from English) Levine, Philip. (Elhagyott gyár Detroitban.) 2019. Under review.
(translated from English) Levine, Philip. (Egy rendkívüli reggel.) 2019. Under review.
(haiku) (“new memories.”) Modern Haiku, vol. 50, no. 3, 2019. Forthcoming.
I’ve been working with the written (and spoken) word, very broadly construed, since 2004. I love and enjoy working with texts: I write, edit, research, translate, proofread, fact-check, peer-review and present them. Together with Rebeka Sara Szigethy, I’m also the co-founder of the creative enterprise The Drawer Project and the business partnership Textor Languages. I’m a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society, the Milton Society of America, the British Haiku Society and the Association Computability in Europe. Other positions I hold are those of Editorial Board member at the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies, peer-reviewer for Watchung Review, and community reviewer for EAI Endorsed Transactions: e-Learning and EAI Endorsed Transactions: Security and Safety. My full CV as well as educational and work history is available on my LinkedIn profile.
…“Misanthropic Humanism and the Politics of Comic Futility.” Review of Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography, by Robert T. Tally Jr. b2o: an online journal, 21 Jan. 2016, http://www.boundary2.org/2016/01/misanthropic-humanism-the-politics-of-comic-futility-robert-t-tally-jr-s-kurt-vonnegut-and-the-american-novel/.
“The Clowning of Richard Nixon in the Underground Press.” Protest on the Page: Essays on Print and the Culture of Dissent since 1865, edited by James L. …
My research interests are in contemporary literature, especially Cold War American fiction and its relationship to the culture of dissent that developed during the long Sixties. I am particularly interested in how key postmodern writers worked within a context of mass cultural discursive practices to develop overtly political and moral interventions on behalf of increased civil liberties and social justice. My work shows how writers such as William S. Burroughs, Ishmael Reed, and Kathy Acker, among many others, deployed a mode of aggressive satire to unsettle conventional notions of literary propriety and to expand in readers’ minds new ways of imagining radical social change in an age of civil rights abuses, routine censorship, mass surveillance, and perpetual war. Because my work focuses on points of intersection between literature and other related cultural expressions, including alternative journalism, street theater, popular music, and the visual arts, I draw on the methodologies of both contemporary Literary Criticism and Interdisciplinary American Studies. And because I am interested in language’s ability to create change during times of dynamic socio-political uncertainty, I also situate my work within current theories of rhetoric, most importantly Speech Act Theory and Performance Studies. I am currently revising a book manuscript that deals with these foci: Total Assault on the Culture! Cold War American Satire and the Rhetoric of Liberation. To learn more about my work, visit my personal website: micahrobbins.com