Lecturer
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 295943
Room: Office - 225
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

Chris Pak specialises in Science Fiction, the Digital Humanities, the Environmental Humanities and Human-Animal Studies. He obtained a BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in Science Fiction Studies and a PhD at The University of Liverpool’s Department of English. His first postdoctoral appointment was as a researcher on the Leverhulme-funded Corpus Linguistics project, “‘People’, ‘Products’, ‘Pests’ and ‘Pets: The Discursive Representation of Animals’” (Lancaster University), his second on the Volkswagen-funded Digital Humanities project, “Modelling Between Digital and Humanities: Thinking in Practice” (King’s Digital Lab). He is the author of Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 2016), a contribution to the Environmental Humanities and Postcolonialism that analyses how transformations to environments in science fiction interrogate the global politics of climate change and the Anthropocene.

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Fiction
  • Digital Humanities
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Energy Humanities

Publications

  1. Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction.
  2. & First catch your corpus: methodological challenges in constructing a thematic corpus. Corpora 13(2), 229-254.
  3. ‘All energy is borrowed’ – terraforming: a master motif for physical and cultural re(up)cycling in Kim Stanley Robinson’sMarsTrilogy. Green Letters 18(1), 91-103.
  4. ‘The shadow of the future made all the difference’: sustainability in Kim Stanley Robinson's Science in the Capital trilogy. In Adeline Johns-Putra, John Parham and Louise Squire (Ed.), Literature and sustainability. (pp. 159-176). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  5. “Then Came Pantropy”: Grotesque Bodies, Multispecies Flourishing, and Human-Animal Relationships in Joan Slonczewski's A Door Into Ocean. Science Fiction Studies 44(1), 122

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Teaching

  • EN-120 English Essentials

    This is a skills-based module which will equip students with the technical and critical expertise that is necessary for their academic journey in English Literature and Creative Writing. It is designed to support the transition from post-16 study to undergraduate study and to show students *how* to become successful scholars of English. How should we read texts? How do we write essays? Focusing on an exciting anthology of texts selected by the English academics at Swansea, this team-taught module uncovers the power of written language. We will explore how writers inspire and challenge their readers, how to think critically, how to close-read, how to construct powerful arguments and how to produce written work that is rigorous, academic and convincing. This module empowers students to think, write, and persuade.

  • EN-226 Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century

    This module explores how the genre of the Gothic was implicated in forces of political, social and sexual conflict in the long nineteenth century, Terror, transgression and taboo are common features of the genre and characters frequently find themselves in strange, uncanny and threatening situations. We will consider what is at stake in these powerful motifs of extreme experience while also analysing the relationship between the structure and style of these texts and their affective impact. Genre theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory and the work of ecoGothic critics will provide much of the conceptual framework for this module. The module builds on themes explored in EN-100 and provides an intellectual stepping stone to a range of specialist third year modules.

  • EN-234 Introduction to Writing Fiction

    Building on the overview of fiction genres in EN117, this course, which is workshop-based, takes a practical approach to getting started as a writer of fiction. Through a combination of expert instruction and practical exercises, together with a thorough reading programme, EN-234 guides students on the path towards writing and improving their own fictional prose. The emphasis will be on the short-story form. students will create a portfolio of fiction work, on which they will be assessed.

  • EN-3031 Dissertation - English Literature

    The Dissertation is an optional, two-semester, 40-credit module designed to develop high-level academic skills and intellectual independence in the students. A first-semester skills-building programme will include: research skills, summary skills, bibliographic skills, ability to synthesise succinctly, planning and organisational skills, correct presentation of a thesis and bibliography, presentational skills and public speaking. Students conduct research on a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of the English literature staff. The topic will be devised to fall within staff research and teaching specialisms, broadly defined. Students attend group sessions on research skills in Semesters 1 and 2, and have individual meetings with supervisors in Semester 2.

  • EN-M80 Practising Ideas: Advanced Research Skills in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    TBA

Administrative Responsibilities

  • First Year Coordinator

    2018 - Present