Lisa Swanstrom

I am an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. My research and teaching interests include science fiction, natural history, and media theory. Before joining the English Department at FAU, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Umeå University’s HUMlab in northern Sweden (2010), as well as the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in the Digital Humanities in the English Department at Brandeis University in Massachusetts (2008-2009). I completed my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in June 2008 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My first book--Animal, Vegetable, Digital: Experiments in New Media Aesthetics and Environmental Poetics--is under contract with the University of Alabama Press.

Nature’s Agents: Chreods, Code, Plato, and Plants

2014-06-01

In “Nature’s Agents,” Lisa Swanstrom discusses the agency of objects operating within networks. Specifcally, Swanstrom addresses works which allow nature to correspond with humans in a shared environment, posing provocative questions about the idea of agency itself as expressed in an ecology of action.

Galatea’s Riposte: The Reception and Receptacle of Interactive Fiction

2013-08-04

Type enough questions, Lisa Swanstrom suggests, and “Galatea” answers Socrates’ ancient call for a poetry that talks back. Using Emily Short’s interactive fiction as a model, Swanstrom argues that the khora - the strange Platonic intermediary between form and copy - might serve as a guide for understanding the peculiar nature of literary interactivity itself.

A New "Gospel of the Three Dimensions": Expanding the Boundaries of Digital Literature in Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla's Beyond the Screen

2011-11-03

Just when you thought you were used to electronic literature, this critic makes the case for “beyond the screen” with a review of Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla’s book of the same title, focusing on “transformations of literary structures, interfaces and genre.”