Kiki Benzon

Kiki Benzon is an assistant professor in English and a student in neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. She edits the Fictions Present thread at ebr and has published essays on mental health, new media, and contemporary literature. Her review, "Mister Squishy, c'est moi: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion," is posted on ebr's Critical Ecologies thread.

Essays by this author

An Interview with Steve Tomasula


Steve Tomasula discusses the development and context of his work (and TOC in particular), including relations to print and electronic literature, in this interview with Kiki Benzon.

Mister Squishy, c'est moi: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion


Kiki Benzon on narrative ecology and the “fradulence paradox” of Oblivion.

Revolution 2: An Interview with Mark Z. Danielewski


Kiki Benzon and Mark Z. Danielewski discuss his 2006 book Only Revolutions at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

The Binding Problem


Minds bind - make coherent meaning from distributed processes - and narratives do, too.
The means by which they do so remains a mystery, however. Kiki Benzon suggests that this mystery is at the heart of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, a text whose layered structure, typographical blending, and central metaphor - a house much bigger than the sum of its parts - enact the problem of binding on multiple levels.