Expertise

Literary Fiction, Modernism, Postmoderism, Poststructuralism, Nature Writing, Interactive Narrative, Literary Editing, Folklore, Fantasy and Fairy Tales, Video Games and TTRPGs

Biography

Andrew Ervin is the author of the novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House (Soho Press, 2015), which, according to Christopher Buckley writing in the New York Times Book Review, is “a sweet book full of delights.” His fiction debut, the novella collection Extraordinary Renditions (Coffee House Press, 2010), was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. About his recent nonfiction book, Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World (Basic Books, 2017), Rolling Stone magazine has said: “Andrew Ervin takes a brilliant look at the effects of those games – which did not, in fact, rot our brains.” His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere. He holds a BA in philosophy from Goucher College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches part-time in the IH Program and MFA program at Temple University and for the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology. His writing has been translated into Farsi, French, and German and he lives with his wife Elivi Varga and a golden retriever named Oberon in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Website

Selected Publications

  • Bit By Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World (Basic Books, 2017)
  • Burning Down George Orwell's House: A Novel (Soho Press, 2015)
  • Extraordinary Renditions: Three Novellas (Coffee House Press, 2010)

Courses Taught

  • MFA Fiction Workshop
  • MFA Fiction Manuscript Tutorial
  • IH 851: Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • IH 852: Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good
  • IH 951: Honors Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • IH 952: Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good
  • ENG 826: Creative Acts
  • ENG 902: Honors Literature / Reading / Writing: Tolkien 
  • ENG 926: Honors Creative Acts
  • ENG 2000: Nature and Environmental Writing
  • ENG 2004: Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 2900: Honors Special Topics: Meatspace Invaders: On Being Present in Digital Spaces
  • ENG 2900: Honors Special Topics: Jawn of the Dead: Philly Folk Stories & Urban Legends 
  • ENG 3020: Foundations of Interactive Narrative 
  • ENG 3296: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 3900: Honors Special Topics: Films of Terry Gilliam 
  • ENG 3900: Honors Special Topics: Tolkien
  • ENG 4596: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction