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Eric Otto

Associate Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7250
E-Mail: eotto@fgcu.edu
Office: RH 228

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2006
M.A., University of Florida, 2002
B.A., Florida Gulf Coast University, 2000

Eric Otto teaches Environmental Humanities, Themes in the Humanities, the University Colloquium on Environmental Sustainability, and several courses in FGCU’s Interdisciplinary Studies minor. He specializes in environmental science fiction, studying the ways science fiction writers have engaged with environmental issues. Otto is a faculty associate in FGCU’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.    

Selected Publications 

  • “‘From a certain angle’: Ecothriller Reading and Science Fiction Reading The Swarm and The Rapture.” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 3.2 (2012): 106-121.
  • Green Speculations: Science Fiction and Transformative Environmentalism. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012.
  • “Ecofeminist Theories of Liberation in the Science Fiction of Sally Miller Gearhart, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joan Slonczewski.” Feminist Ecocriticism. Ed. Douglas Vakoch. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2012.
  • “Harnessing Time Travel Narratives for Environmental Sustainability Education,” with Andrew Wilkinson. Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change. Eds. Peter Blaze Corcoran and Arjen Wals. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2012.
  • “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Infusing Sustainability into the Humanities,” with A. James Wohlpart. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development 3.2 (2009): 231-235.
  • “On the Fakahatchee and Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief: An Interview with Mike Owen, a Park Biologist.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 10.2 (2009): 99-113.
  • “Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy and the Leopoldian Land Ethic.” (Republished). Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable: Critical Essays. Ed. William Burling. Jefferson: McFarland, 2009. 242-256.
  • “Environmental Science Fiction.” Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Robin Reid. Westport: Greenwood, 2009. 99-102.
  • “Gearhart, Sally Miller.” Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Robin Reid. Westport: Greenwood, 2009. 135-136.
  • “Science Fiction and Transformative Ecological Politics: Biocentric Wisdom in Three Early Works.” The Everyday Fantastic: Essays on Science Fiction and Human Being. Ed. Michael Berman. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 31-48.
  • “Approaches to Teaching Pohl and Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants.” SFRA Review 281 (2007). 22-24.

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