Daniel Punday,
Professor &
Head of the Department of English

2004 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762
Office Phone: 662.325.3644

Daniel Punday

Professional Bio

Dan Punday began his service as Head of the Department of English at Mississippi State University this July. He has previously served as Head of the Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue University, Calumet. He has taught a wide range of classes over his tenure at Calumet, including several on contemporary and applied literary theory. His books are centered on contemporary application of literary theory, including such current issues as "computing as writing," which serves as the title of his latest monograph.


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

Post-Doctoral Institutes:

  • School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 1998
  • Summer Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies, West Virginia University, Summer 1997

Teaching interests:

Literary theory and aesthetics , American Literature.

Courses taught:

Selected Publications


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

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

“Donald Barthelme and the Emergence of the Dynamic Page.” Mosaic 46.1 (March 2013): 113- 33.

“Narration, Intrigue, and Reader Positioning in Electronic Narratives.” Storyworlds 4 (2012): 25- 47.

“Ebooks, Libraries, and Feelies,” Electronic Book Review. February 2, 2010.