Barry Mauer

Barry Mauer, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of English
  • bmauer@ucf.edu
  • Office Hours: TR 9:00-10:30, 12:00-2:45, and by appointment
  • Campus Location: CNH302E

Barry Jason Mauer is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida, and is director of the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program. His published work focuses on developing new research practices in the arts and humanities. His latest research is about citizen curating, which aims at enlisting a corps of citizens to curate exhibits, both online and in public spaces, using archival materials available in museums, libraries, public history centers, and other institutions. He also publishes online comics about delusion and denial, particularly as they affect the realm of politics. In addition, Mauer is an accomplished songwriter and recording artist. Mauer completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida in the Department of English, where he worked under the direction of professors Gregory Ulmer and Robert Ray. He lives in Orlando with his wife and daughter, two dogs, and his cat.

Education

  • Ph.D. in English (Cultural Studies) from University of Florida (1999)
  • M.A. in English (Cultural Studies) from University of Florida (1995)
  • B.A. in Film Theory and Cultural Politics from University of Minnesota (1990)

Research Interests

  • Film and Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Literary Theory
  • Memory and Monuments

Recent Research Activities

Citizen Curating

Selected Publications

Television Episodes

  • Music and Found Photographs. Half-hour televised interview about my research projects and creative work.  UCF Profiles. The UCF Channel, WBCC-DT.  https://youtu.be/YvyX4Vszl14 
  • Monument to Lost Data.  Half-hour televised interview about my research project on lost data. UCF Profiles. The UCF Channel, WBCC-DT.  https://youtu.be/tuVKetm7810

     

Articles/Essays

Artwork

  • The Invisible Parameter. “Do It!” Exhibition at UCF Art Gallery. Includes work by Barry Mauer and by 10 students in his ENG 6810: “Theories of Texts and Technology” seminar. Feb. 23, 2016 – Mar. 4, 2016.    
  • “Curating the Mystory: Ideology and Invention in the Theory Classroom.” Slide presentation/Video exhibit piece introducing three student-produced mystories.  The Encounter: Baalu Girma and Zora Neale Hurston, UCF Art Gallery, Jan. 11-Feb 18.

     

Book Sections/Chapters

  • "Curating the Mystory: Ideology and Invention in the Theory Classroom," Putting Theory into Practice in the Contemporary Classroom: Theory Lessons. Becky McLaughlin. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

  • “Teaching the Repulsive Memorial.” Co-authored with John Venecek, Patricia Carlton, Marcy Galbreath, Amy Larner Giroux, and Valerie Kasper. Producing Public Memory: Museums, Memorials, and Archives as Sites for Teaching “Writing.” Eds. Jane Greer and Laurie Grobman. Routledge. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281105966_Teaching_the_Repulsive_Memorial

  • “Rigorous Infidelity: Whole Text Sampling in the Curatorial Work of Henri Langlois, Dewey Phillips, and Jean-François Lyotard.” Sampling across the Spectrum. Oxford University Press.  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260187493_Rigorous_Infidelity_Whole_Text_Sampling_in_the_Curatorial_Work_of_Henri_Langlois_Dewey_Phillips_and_Jean-Francois_Lyotard
  • "Asynchronous Documentary: Buñuel’s Land Without Bread." Book chapter for Lowering the Boom: New Essays on the History, Theory and Practice of Film Sound, edited by Anthony Grajeda and Jay Beck. University of Illinois Press.
  • "Nietzsche at the Apollo: An Experiment in Clipography." Book chapter for New Media/New Methods: The Turn from Literacy to Electracy, edited by Jeff Rice and Marcel O’Gorman. Parlor Press.
  • "Proposal for a Monument to Lost Data." Book chapter for Studies In Writing, volume 17, Writing and Digital Media, edited by Luuk van Waes, Mariëlle Leijten, Christine M. Neuwirth. Elsevier Press.

Recordings

Creative Publications

Book Reviews

  • "Review of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction, by Benjamin Noys." Cultural Analysis: Volume 3.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • “What Holds Us Back From Achieving a Better Society?” UCF Forum and Huffington Post. July 13. Also broadcast as a radio piece on WUCF, July 17, 2016.    

  • “Censorship Is Not All Bad.” UCF Forum and Huffington Post. March 9, 2016. Also broadcast as a radio piece on WUCF, March 14, 2016.    
  • “The United States Could Use a ‘Therapist General’” UCF Forum and Huffington Post. November 4, 2015. Also broadcast as a radio piece on WUCF, November 8, 2015.    
  • “Rock and Roll and the Amateur Aesthetic.” Texts and Technology Blog.    

Awards

2017

• QEP What’s Next Grant, “Interdisciplinary Curating and Museum Studies Minor.” Awarded April 2017. $3500. 

2016

•  “Curating across the Curriculum.” QEP Enhancement Award. $3500.

•  Rose Library Fellowship for the “Repulsive Monuments” project at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. $500.

    

•  "The Big Read" awarded 6/2/15. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Awarded Amount(s): C&G External: $20,000.35, C&G Internal Cost Share Required: $18,900.00. PI: Keri Watson Co-PIs(s): Dr. Maria Santana, Dr. Barry Mauer, Larry Cooper, Connie Lester, Meredith Tweed, Scot French, Anastasia Salter, Yulia Tikhonova


2015

•  CAH Research Incentive Seed Funding Program. “The Citizen Curator Project” (PI: Barry Mauer). 


2014

•  CAH Summer Research Development Program. 

2013

•  “Writing Assignments for LIT 3714: Literary Modernism.” WAC Starter Grant.


2012

•  “Critical Thinking Modules for Lower Division English and CAH Courses.” Information Fluency Grant. 


2011

•  Information Fluency Initiative Grant. “Critical Thinking: Modules on Premises, Part II.” 


2011

•  “Critical Thinking Modules for Lower Division English and CAH Courses.” Information Fluency Grant. 


2009

•  Toni Jennings Special Initiative Award. “A Prototype for Digital Archiving in K-12.” P.I.: Barry Mauer. $6000.

  

2007

•  Information Fluency Initiative Grant. “Class Design of Learning Outcomes and Assessment.” 


2006

•  College of Arts and Sciences Research Award. “Simulating Mental Illness.” 


2004

•  “Traditions of Oral Narrative.”  Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI Program for Internationalizing the Curriculum. (Co-investigator). $2000 (my portion of the grant).


2003


•  Interdisciplinary Research Award.  “Electronic Monumentality: Mourning and Memory on the World Wide Web.”


2002


•  I-4 Corridor Research Award. “Cultural ByWays.” PIs: Christopher Stapleton, Charles Hughes. 


2001



2001


•  Center for Metropolitan Studies Grant. “Interactive Digital Storytelling Festival.” PI: Sterling Van Wagenen. $10,000.


2001


•  Center for Metropolitan Studies Grant. “Earth Echoes: Reinventing Community through Technology, Story and Culture” $10,000.


2001


•  Interdisciplinary Research Award.  “Earth Echoes: Integrating Technology, Nature, and Narrative.”  PI: Barry Mauer 


2001


•  “A Monument to Lost Data.” CREAT Curriculum Development Grant. 


2000


•  College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award


2016

•  UCF Open-Access Champion Award.


2015

•  UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP).


2010

•  “Academic Affairs Fellowship.” UCF.


2006

•  “Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology.” UCF campus-wide award.


2006

•  College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.


2005

•  “Monument to Lost Data.” Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) Award.


2004

•  UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP).


2004

•  Office of Student Scholarship and Fellowship Advisement (OSSFA) Undergraduate Research Program Award.  


2003

•  Office of Student Scholarship and Fellowship Advisement (OSSFA) Undergraduate Research Program Award.  


2002

•  McGinty Dissertation Fellowship. University of Florida. 


1999

•  Department of English Excellence in Teaching Awards. UF


1996

•  Department of English Excellence in Teaching Awards. UF 


1994

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51020 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study Web B - Unavailable
ENG3014.BW59: Theories and Techniques of Literary Study
(Mauer)

PR: Junior standing and grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

Techniques of analysis, theories of interpretation, and application of critical approaches to selected works.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91705 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study Web - Unavailable
ENG3014.0W64: Theories and Techniques of Literary Study
(Campbell)

PR: Junior standing and grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

Techniques of analysis, theories of interpretation, and application of critical approaches to selected works.
90446 ENG3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
ENG3930H.0201: Honors Special Topic: Why are People Fooled?
(Mauer)

This course aims at developing the language and reasoning skills that anyone preparing for a language-centered career should possess. In particular, it examines our capacity to be fooled, either by misrepresentation or by our won reasoning errors. At worst, this capacity can lead us into fiascos. For instance, during the recent housing bubble, so many people were fooled about the security of subprime loans that they brought on a global economic meltdown. Could this crisis have been avoided? Why are people fooled?

The course intends to investigate this enduring question as it relates to three areas of inquiry:
1. The human capacity for being fooled.
2. The ability of con artists and propagandists to fool people.
3. The ways in which people might avoid being fooled.

We will seek to understand how humans are prone to self-deception, ignorance, credulity, propaganda, prejudice, groupthink, and mass hysteria, so that we will have a greater chance to counteract the reasoning errors that lead to these outcomes. Learning how not to be fooled is a large part of critical thinking, which is central to a humanities education. This course teaches critical thinking in new and exciting ways by including lessons about how to stop our automatic reactions, and about life management skills that will help us avoid getting fooled. We will examine this theme in relation to several areas of study:
1. Modes of persuasion, ranging from dialogue to warfare.
2. Propaganda
3. Public relations
4. Science and pseudo-science
5. Mental illness and health
6. Technology and culture.

The course draws upon materials from many knowledge areas - philosophy, cognitive science, economics, rhetoric, sociology, politics, ands communications theory - to investigate our capacity to be fooled. The result will be an accessible, yet challenging and engaging course.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11465 ENG6939 Topics in Text and Technology Face2Face W 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50744 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study Web A - Unavailable
ENG 3014 AW60: Theories of Literature
(Mauer)

PR: ENC 1102, junior standing, or C.I.

A theory is an explanation of how and why things work. In this course, we will explore the question of how and why literary texts work as they do. Literary theory in the 20th century and into the 21st include genre study, formalist, psychological, Marxist, feminist, reader-response, semiotic, structuralist, deconstructive, gender and queer, ecocritical, gramatological, and cultural studies areas such a new historical, postcolonial, and multicultural. Typically, a critical reading uses one (or more) theoretical discourse as a lens through which to view a literary work. Sometimes the literary text becomes the case from which the critic transforms an existing theory or builds a new one.

Because our time is so limited in a six-week class, we will not be able to explore most of these theories. Instead, we will focus on a few key concepts in textuality, including representation, narrative structure, dramatic structure, metaphor, argument, intertextuality, identification, and interpretation.

This is not a “writing about literature” class. It is, rather, an exploration of what literature has to offer us—pleasure, information, and the most powerful and creative ways to use language. Our goal here is to end the separation between the writing typically done by students from the texts they write about. We will not put literature on a pedestal, but rather will approach literary works as though they were experiments in and about language. We will seek to replicate these experiments to see how they work, and we will try some new experiments.

We will begin by examining the basic elements of narrative and dramatic texts, move to the basic elements of poetic texts, and then to the basic elements of interpretive texts. Our goal is not to find “hidden meaning” in texts, but to learn how to think like poets, authors, and critics. This course is a Gordon Rule course. The required four assignments which fulfill the Gordon Rule are indicated with an asterisk. Each has the following characteristics:
1. The writing will have a clearly defined central idea or thesis
2. It will provide adequate support for that idea
3. It will be organized clearly and logically
4. It will show awareness of the conventions of standard written English
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81108 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study Web - Available

Prerequisite: ENC 1102, junior standing, or instructor permission

A theory is an explanation of how and why things work. In this course, we will explore the question of how and why literary and other texts work as they do. Intended as a survey of critical theory, this course is about how to think about and through literature.

The discourses of theory in the 20 century and into the 21 include formalist, psychological, Marxist, feminist, semiotic, structuralist, poststructuralist, gender and queer, and cultural studies areas such as new historicism, postcolonialism, multiculturalism, and ecocriticism. We will examine works of literature using each theoretical discourse as a lens through which to view and understands them. Additionally, we will take time in the middle of the semester to gain a better understanding of interpretation itself.

81750 ENG3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available

Honors seminar titled "Why Are People Fooled?" Please see syllabus for description.                                

No courses found for Spring 2018.

Updated: Aug 9, 2017