Lisa Swanstrom

Lisa Swanstrom is an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. Her research and teaching interests include science fiction, natural history, and media theory. Before joining the English Department at FAU, she 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). She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in June 2008 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her first book--Animal, Vegetable, Digital: Experiments in New Media Aesthetics and Environmental Poetics--is under contract with the University of Alabama Press.

Essays by this author

Intersectional Ecologies: Matt Kenyon’s "Useful Fictions," an interview


Lisa Swanstrom interviews Matt Kenyon, founding member of S.W.A.M.P. (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production, co-founded with Doug Easterly), an Associate Professor of Art in the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, and a 2015 TED Fellow.

The Peripheral Future


In this introduction to her gathering on Digital and Natural Ecologies, Lisa Swanstrom pulls back from the tendency towards apocalyptic speculation that is commonplace in popular discourse of technology and nature. Instead, Swanstrom offers a more grounded discourse that addresses the impact of the digital on the natural.

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


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


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


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.”