Daniel Punday

Daniel Punday


Head of the Department of English


2004 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D. 1995 The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. 1990 The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. 1988 University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Interests

contemporary American Literature, literary theory

Recent Courses

  • EN 4111: Portfolio and Reflective Writing
  • EN 6/4323: Literary Theory From Plato to the PreEnglish
  • EN 6/4933: Contemporary Literature: Imagining Infrastructure


Dan Punday began his service as Head of the Department of English at Mississippi State University in July, 2016. He has previously served as Head of the Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue University, Calumet. He has published on contemporary literature, digital narrative, and narrative theory. He has recently completed his term as the president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Selected Publications


Playing at Narratology: Digital Media as Narrative Theory. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2019.

Computing as Writing. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Writing at the Limit: Searching for the Vocation of the Novel in the Contemporary Media Ecology. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.

Five Strands of Fictionality: The Institutional Construction of Contemporary American Writing. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2010.

Narrative Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Narratology. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Narrative after Deconstruction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.

Recent Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited Collections

“Rereading Manovich’s Algorithm: Genre and Use in Possible Worlds Theory.” Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology. Eds. Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2019. 296-314.

“UI Time and the Digital Event.” The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Narrative Theories. Eds. Zara Dinnen and Robyn Warhol. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 202-212.

“The University ‘After’” Theory.” American Literature in Transition: 1900-2000. Ed. Stephen J. Burn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 347-61.

“Space across Narrative Media: Towards an Archaeology of Narratology.” Narrative 25.1 (January 2017): 92-112.

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