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E1079 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

Stephen Dougherty received his Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. He is Professor of American Literature and Culture in the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation. 

Research interests

Literature and science, world and comparative literature, literature and pedagogy, science fiction and cosmology.

Courses and teaching

American and British Literature and Culture parts 1 and 2 (EN-160, -162)

African American Literature (EN-218)

The Fantastic Imagination (EN-452)

U.S. Literature and the 21st Century Migration Novel (EN-437)

Historical and Alternate Historical Fiction (EN-450)

Science Fiction and Technoculture (EN-427)


Academic interests

Academic interests include: science fiction, media studies, psychoanalytic theory, science studies, immigrant fiction and migrant studies, phenomenology, globalization studies

Courses taught at the Bachelor level include: British and U.S. Literature surveys (EN-103 and EN-104), 19th Century U.S. Fiction (EN-110), British Contemporary Novel (EN-134), U.S. and British Culture/History (EN-144)

Courses taught at the Masters level include: Literary Theory (EN-410), Techno-Culture and Science Fiction (EN-427), Contemporary U.S. Immigrant Fiction (EN-437)


Translation and Intercultural Communication

Selected publications

· "Messages from the Stars: 2001: A Space Odyssey and His Master's Voice".  Science Fiction Studies  48.2 (2021): 306-331. 

· “Liu Cixin, Arthur C. Clarke, and ‘Repositioning.”  Science Fiction Studies  46.1 (2019): 39-62.

· “The Life In Death of Psychoanalysis.”  Mosaic 52.1 (2019): 69-85. 

· ”Vagabonds, The Death Ship and Denationalization.”  Papers on Language & Literature 53.4 (Fall 2017): 323-346. 

· “The Machine in the Garden in the 21st Century.”  American Studies in Scandinavia 49.1 (2017): 83-99. 

· “Radio, the Genome, and Greg Bear’s Biological Fiction.” Science Fiction Studies 44.1 (2017): 104-121. 

· “Adam Roberts’s Alien Invasion.”  Science Fiction Studies 41.3 (2014): 597-616.  

· The Dangerous Rays of the Future: Democracy, Media, Science Fiction.”  Science Fiction Studies 40.3 (2013): 510-528. 

· “Embodiment and Technicity in Geoff Ryman’s Air.” Science Fiction  Studies 39.1 (2012): 40-59. 

· “Postdeconstruction and the Rhetorics of Touch.”  The Journal for Cultural  Research.  15.1 (January 2011):75-92. 

· “Autism and Modular Minds in The Speed of Dark.” Mosaic 43.4 (December 2010): 35-50. 

· “Computing the Unconscious.” Psychoanalytic Quarterly 79.1 (Winter 2010): 171-201. 

· “On Genetic Programs and Feedback Networks.” Configurations 12 (2004) [published 2005]: 263-285. 

· “Culture in the Disk Drive: Computationalism, Memetics, and the Rise of Posthumanism.”  Diacritics 31.4 (Winter 2001) [published Spring 2004]: 85-102. 

·"The Biopolitics of the Killer Virus Novel."  Cultural Critique 48  (Spring 2001): 1-29. 

Scientific publications

  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2023). The Sound of Mr. Gum.
  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2023). Walter Benjamin's Language Metaphysics, Inside and Outside Translation Studies.
  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2023). Democracy and Science Fiction.
  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2022). "Reflections on the Material History of Our Drifting Planet".
  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2021). "Copernican Remains".
  • Dougherty, Stephen Darren (2021). "Copernican Remains".

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