Eric Blix

Writer in Residence - Humanities

  • Phone: (941) 487-4289
  • Email: eblix@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: PME 221
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

PhD, University of Utah
MFA, Minnesota State University, Mankato
BA, University of Minnesota

Interests:
My writing and research is broadly concerned with the ways in which ‘the anthropocene’ is made, sustained, and altered as both a concept and (highly unstable) ecological reality. I currently have one book project under submission and am conducting research for another. The former is a multi-modal collage novel pertaining to a wide range of subjects such as climate change, land art, terrorism, supermarkets, the Freudian death drive, and many others. The narrative proceeds as a heterogeneous assemblage of fragments—some fictional, some not—that formalize the processes of association required to even speak of something called ‘the global.’ For the latter, I plan on making a digital hypertext composed of multiple sections: part biography of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, part history of the rural park movement of the nineteenth century, and part genealogy of modern public health. Drawing on the ideas of Bruno Latour, Rita Felski, Yves Citton, Jussi Parikka and others, my hope is to produce a body of work that both imagines and solicits new and sustainable techniques of inhabiting the earth in a time characterized by crisis and catastrophe.

Recent Courses:
English 2440: Networked Narratives, Intermediate Fiction Workshop;
English 3505: Experiments in Electronic Literature

Selected Publications:

  • Physically Alarming Men (story collection published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press);
  • Fiction and nonfiction in Fiction International, The Collagist, Western Humanities Review, and other journals and anthologies