Lisa Brown Jaloza

GSEA Web & Communications Coordinator, 2014-15

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Research Areas:

Print v. Digital Culture, Post-Humanism

Research Interests:

I am primarily interested in the increased fetishization of print and the theoretical as well as pedagogical implications as print and digital culture continue to converge. Having previously drawn on the work of Gérard Genette to examine the ways in which a reader’s interpretation of a given work’s peritexts is affected dependent upon the specific medium through which the work is encountered (print, audiobook, e-book, &c), as well as the potential benefits to be derived from these media in a classroom setting, my goal is to extend that line of inquiry beyond the functional shifts of peritexts to the derivation of textual meaning in toto. While print is likely to remain the dominant form through which we engage in the study of literature, I hope to challenge the hegemony of print and explore the marginalized position currently occupied by digital content despite its arguably more egalitarian avenues of access. I expect science/speculative fiction and dystopian narratives as well as remix culture as it relates to post-humanism and ecocriticism to figure heavily in the next phase of my study, as these fields are rife with opportunities to explore issues of access and engagement in the print as well as digital space.

Recent Activity:


“Mi Papa Es Su Papa: MEMEorializing Ernest Hemingway.” Excerpts published in Participatory Composition: Video Culture, Writing, and Electracy by Sarah J. Arroyo. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2013. 131-36. Print.

“Fair Game.” Cal Literary Arts Magazine Spring 2003. Print.

Conference Papers

“Cheat Code Criticism: Unlocking Easter Eggs in Ludonarratological Debates.” 31 October 2014—PAMLA 2014, Riverside

“‘How’s that for a Slice of Fried Gold?’: Posthumanism and the Queer Landscape in Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead.” 11 April 2014—Irreverent Readings: (dis)junctions 2014, University of California, Riverside

“‘Natural’s Not In It’: Bio/Technology, Science/Fiction, and Popular Culture.” 10 April 2014—Nature+: Re/Inventions 2014, California State University, Long Beach

“Object-Oriented Obsession: Print, Digital Media, and the Fetishization of Radical American Fiction.” 1 November 2013—PAMLA 2013, San Diego

“Close Shaves: Agamben’s Whatever Being and Moustachioed Memes.” 13 April 2013—Contemporary Gendered Performance and Practice Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“e-(co)criticism: Pop Music, Remix Culture, and Ambient Poetics in the Postmodern Age.” 24 February 2013—Conference on Ecopoetics, University of California, Berkeley

“The Manufactured Mensch: Jewish Identity in Philip Roth’s The Counterlife.” 12 May 2012—Significations Graduate Conference, California State University, Los Angeles

“Engaging Textual Enclosures: The Politics of the Peritext and Its Functional Shifts Across Media.” 13 April 2012—Narratives Mediated: (dis)junctions 2012, University of California, Riverside

“Participation > Product: Art, Politics, and Participatory Culture in McLuhan’s Electric Age.” 5 April 2012—Occupation: Re/Inventions 2012, California State University, Long Beach

Invited Talks

“Social Engagement and Measuring ROI” with Tracy Hermans. 10 March 2014—Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University

“Applying to PhD Programs in English Literature” with Dr. Araceli Esparza and KT Shaver. 24 October 2013—California Sate University, Long Beach

Grants & Recognition

  • University of California, Riverside Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, 2013
  • California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, 2013
  • California State University, Long Beach, Department of English, Outstanding Master of Arts Candidate, 2013
  • California State University, Long Beach Student Life & Development Academic Travel 
Grant, 2013
  • John B. Williams Scholarship for Literature, 2012


  • (dis)junctions 2015 Conference Chair
  • University of California, Riverside Graduate Students in English Association Web & Communications Coordinator, 2014-2015
  • Presiding Officer & Chair, Comparative Media Panel, PAMLA 2014, Riverside
  • (dis)junctions 2014 Conference Committee
  • University of California, Riverside Graduate Students in English Association Representative, 2013-2014
  • University of California, Riverside Department of English Graduate Committee, 2013-2014
  • Watermark Editor, 2013: Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of the English Department at California State University, Long Beach; implemented a special themed supplemental section to coincide with the Re/Inventions Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference 2013 theme of “Hysteria”
  • California State University, Long Beach English Graduate Student Association Vice President & Founding Member, 2012-2013
  • Re/Inventions Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Steering Committee, 2011-2013
  • Volunteer Speech Judge, Interview Judge, & Test Proctor, San Joaquin County Academic Decathlon, 2011-2013
  • Watermark Managing Editor, British Literature Editor, & International Literature Reader, 2012
  • Volunteer Judge, Orange County Mock Trial Journalism Competition, 2012
  • Volunteer Writing Workshop Instructor, 826 Valencia, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2013 – Present
  • Modern Language Association, 2012 – Present