Humanities Bldg – Room 301M
(760) 744-1150 ext. 2835
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Professor Backman’s teaching and research focus is on narrative, contemporary literature, transmedia storytelling, aesthetics, and critical theory. He has written on the history of the epic and the novel, especially works that attempt to encompass and embody cultural identities. His interest in storytelling and serialization includes the study of fiction, television, film, comic books, video games, and the various adaptations between them. From an emphasis on form and media, his work touches on aspects of Science and Technology Studies and the Digital Humanities. He also has an abiding interest in classical Greek myth, literature, and philosophy.