Josh Pearson

Founding Editor, The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

B.A., Literature, Science, & the Arts, University of Iowa, 2005
M.A., English, Kansas State University, 2010
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Kansas State University, 2010

Committee:

Sherryl Vint (Chair), Rob Latham, Joseph Childers

Research Areas:

Science Fiction, Gender Studies, Marxist Theory, 20th Century American

Research Interests:

Josh’s research focuses on the ways that changing regimes of production and consumption impact representations of gender, particularly the gender positioning of idealized or heroic subjects. His current work examines the ways that the construction of gendered subjects in texts such as Dune, and Watchmen, and Mattercan be read as both indexing and negotiating structural contradictions of post-industrialization.

Recent Activity:

Publications –

Review of Phillip K. Dick and Philosophy, ed. D. E. Wittkower. Science Fiction Studies, #117: Volume 39, Part 2 (July 2012); DePauw University; Greencastle, IN

Recent Presentations –

“‘Beginnings are times of such great peril’: Frank Herbert’s Dune and the Emergence of the Postindustrial Subject.” The 35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando Florida March 2014

“Reading Between the Lines: Gender, Knowledge, and Power in the Manuscripts of Dune.” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside California, April 2013

“Peter Watkins”s Punishment Park as Adaptation of its Contemporary Social Moment.” The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando Florida, March 2013

“Passing as the Hero: Rituals of Moral Estrangement in R. Scott Bakker’s The Darkness That Comes Before.” The 33rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando Florida, March 2012

Guest Lectures –

“Aura and History in Walter Benjamin and Fight Club.” ENGL 142O Cultural Marx, Prof. Joseph Childers. 5/28/13

“The evolution of the Final Girl in Neil Marshall’s The Descent.” ENGL 420 Horror and Gender in Film. Prof. Don Hedrick. 2008.

Service –

Founding Editor, The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction (2013)

Co-Chair, Encounters With(in) Texts: 2013 (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference, UC Riverside, Apr 2013

Graduate Student Coordinator, Science Fiction Collective Mellon Foundation Workshop Grant (2013)

Representative, Graduate Students in English Association (2012)