Michael Petit

Assistant Professor

Michael Petit

Assistant Professor
  • Office: HW-414 (UTSC)

Michael Petit holds a PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder and is author of the memoir Peacekeepers at War (Faber and Faber 1986). His study of media began with his dissertation on eighteenth-century British literature, The Queer Rise of the Novel, which examines how the formation of early-modern sexual identities are reflected and discussed in the concomitant rise and development of the novel. His interest in eighteenth-century print media forms and their connections to identity led him to consider the relationship among identity, technologies and media forms of different eras, including the contemporary. He is currently at work on Hooked, Distracted and Bored: Network Connectivity and Affect, a book that focuses on digital cultural practices and the challenges they bring for post-secondary teaching within the context of the affective power of digital communication technologies.

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