BIO

Raymond Malewitz Website I am an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University,  and serve as the MA Director for its graduate program. My work is centered in contemporary American literature, literature and science, environmental literature, and material culture. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 2007. 

My recent book, The Practice of Misuse (available for purchase at Stanford UP and Amazon), examines creative acts of repurposing in American culture from the 1960s to the present. Setting works by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Sam Shepard, Thomas Pynchon, Shelley Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, and Don DeLillo alongside contemporary “maker communities” such as Instructables and IKEA Hacker, the book shows how rugged consumers challenge the assumption of single, pre-determined functions for objects. If you are interested in this subject, check out my recent blogpost. 

Recently, I have become interested in representations of human-animal relationships—particularly relationships that operate beyond conventional human-centered frameworks—and this subject will be the basis of my next book project.  My first article on this subject was published in the “Animal Worlds in Modern Fiction” special issue of the journal Modern Fiction Studies (2014).  I am in the process of developing a second animal studies article that examines representations of zoonotic diseases—that is, diseases that pass between species—in contemporary narratives.  Recently, I published a related article in the Washington Post.


I welcome any questions regarding the funded M.A. Program in English at Oregon State University. My primary address is raymond dot malewitz at oregonstate dot edu.