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Associate Professor
Rasmussen, Eric Dean { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Rasmussen, Eric Dean", "tel": "Telephone: +47 51831356 ", "email": "" }

Faculty Faculty of Arts and Education
Department Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
Room HG Q-246
Notes Mailing address: University of Stavanger | Dept. of Cultural Studies & Languages (IKS) | Hulda Garborgs hus | 4036 Stavanger | Norway

Biographical Profile

Eric Dean Rasmussen is associate professor of English literature at the University of Stavanger. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, Dr. Rasmussen teaches courses on American literature and culture for the English section and literary theory and criticism for the program in Literacy Studies. Eric is also senior editor for one of the first online scholarly journals of literary and critical writing, ebr, the Electronic Book Review.

Rasmussen has a Ph.D in English (Literature, Theory and Criticism) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in English (English and American Literature) from Emory University, and a B.A. in English (summa cum laude) from Coe College.

As a researcher in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Eric collaborated on the trans-European digital humanities project ELMCIP (Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice) and worked as the first editor of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, an online database about activity in the digital literary arts. He has served as a research associate for the Electronic Literature Organization, which he's been affiliated with since its founding in Chicago in the late 1990s, and is currently a member of the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), which is building a digital research infrastructure connecting database-driven projects based in Australia, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Norway, and the United States.

Rasmussen's research interests include aesthetics, ideology, and technics of 20th and 21st-century literature, with an emphasis on the affective dimension of narrative forms; scholarly editing and publishing in the digital age; and the impact of new media technologies on the literary arts and (digital) humanities. Through his work in the digital humanities, he both studies and participates in the institutional transformation of literary studies via computational technologies and new media ecosystems. Within the contemporary media ecology, how can digital forms facilitate networked collaborative research, teaching, and writing practices? 

Courses taught

Research areas

Literature: 20th- and 21st-century American fiction; transnational modernism and postmodernism; world literatures in English 

Cultural Studies: US history and society; ideology and politics; media studies and the network society

Digital Humanities: new media writing and publishing; database design; electronic literature

Literary theory and criticism: aesthetics; affect and emotions; critical theory the literary interview; literary systems and media ecology; poststructuralism and deconstruction

Selected publications

Edited Books, Journal Issues and Websites

Co-editor, with Rone Shavers. Lynne Tillman: American Genius. Special gathering at Electronic Book Review (appeared in installments in 2011). Web.

Editor. Senseless Resistances. Special gathering at Electronic Book Review (6 Dec. 2008). Web.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

?E.L. Doctorow?s Vicious Eroticism: Dangerous Affect in The Book of Daniel.? symplok? 18.1?2. (2011): 189?217. Print.

?The Agony of Unrecognition: Raymond Federman and Postmodern Theory.? Federman?s Fictions: Innovation, Theory, and the Holocaust. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. Albany: SUNY Press, 2011. 159?90. Print.

?Lydia Davis Interviews Lynne Tillman.? With Lydia Davis and Rone Shavers. Electronic Book Review (26 March 2011). n. pag.Web.

?Tillman?s Turbulent Thinking.? American Book Review 31.6 13?15. Print. Simultaneously published by Electronic Book Review (05 Dec. 2010). n. pag. Web.

?Senseless Resistances: Feeling the Friction in Fiction.? Electronic Book Review (6 Dec. 2008): n. pag. Web.

?What Would ?i?ek Do? Redeeming Christianity?s Perverse Core.? Electronic Book Review (18 Dec. 2005): n. pag. Web.

?Putting the Breaks on the ?i?ek Machine.? Electronic Book Review (18 Dec. 2005): n. pag. Web.>

?The Last Hegelian: An Interview with Slavoj ?i?ek.? Minnesota Review. 61?2 (2004): 79?93. Print.

?Liberation Hurts: An Interview with Slavoj ?i?ek.? Electronic Book Review (1 July 2004): n. pag. Web. <>.
Reprinted by and in Cogito 51 (2007): 73?90.

Articles and Book Chapters (Reviewed by Editors)

 ?Electronic Literature in the University.? State of the Arts: The Proceedings of the Electronic Literature Organization?s 2002 State of the Arts Symposium. Ed. Scott Rettberg. Los Angeles: Electronic Literature Organization, 2003. 81?90. Print.

?Multimedia Criticism.? State of the Arts: The Proceedings of the Electronic Literature Organization?s 2002 State of the Arts Symposium. Ed. Scott Rettberg. L.A.: Electronic Literature Organization, 2003. 92?102. Print.

?Defending Postmodern Fiction as a Legitimate Literary Genre.? Electronic Book Review (Winter 2000/2001): n. pag. Web.


Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Viking, 2012), by D. T. Max. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (forthcoming).

New Narratives: Stories and Storytelling in the Digital Age (U of Nebraska P, 2011), ed. Ruth Page and Browden Thomas. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (forthcoming).

The New Digital Storytelling (Praeger, 2011), by Bryan Alexander. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49.6 (Feb. 2012).

The Event of Postcolonial Shame (Princeton UP, 2011), by Timothy Bewes. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49.1 (Sept. 2011).

?Works of Violent Love.? Rev. of Violence (Picador, 2008) by Slavoj ?i?ek. symplok? 18.1?2. (2010): 323?26. Print and Web.

Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture (Continuum, 2009), by Alan Kirby. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 48.4 (Dec. 2010).

From Papyrus to Hypertext: Toward the Universal Digital Library (U of Illinois P, 2009), by Christian Vandendorpe. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47.5 (Jan. 2010).

Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (U of Minnesota P, 2008), by Gary Hall. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47.3 (Nov. 2009).

The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo (Cambridge UP, 2008), ed. John Duvall. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 46.2 (Aug. 2009).

Save the World On Your Own Time (Oxford UP, 2008), by Stanley Fish. Choice 46.6 (Feb. 2009).

Worldly Acts and Sentient Things: The Persistence of Agency from Stein to DeLillo (Cornell UP, 2008), by Robert Chodat. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 46.5 (Jan. 2009).

Public Works: Short Fiction and a Novella (FC2, 2005), by Christopher Grimes. Other Voices 45 (2006). Print and Web.

Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life (NYU Press, 1997), by Michael Bérubé and The Bad Subjects Production Team. Authors Review of Books. Web.

The Man with the Golden Arm (Seven Stories, 1990), by Nelson Algren. Authors Review of Books. Web.

The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, Vol. 1 (Ballantine, 1998), by Hunter S. Authors Review of Books. Web.

Underworld (Scribner, 1997), by Don DeLillo. Rain Taxi: A Review of Books 2.4 (Winter 1997/1998).

Mason & Dixon (Henry Holt, 1997), by Thomas Pynchon. The Iowa City Icon. Print.


Current research

Work experience