Saturday, February 25, 2006

Geoff Klock's Biography

[Please disregard the date of this post. The information here is up to date.]

Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied at Balliol College.

He is the author of two academic books: How to Read Superhero Comics and Why (Continuum, 2002) and Imaginary Biographies: Misreading the Lives of the Poets (Continuum, 2007). The first applies Harold Bloom’s poetics of influence to popular culture; the second argues that the bizarre portrayal of historical writers in post-Enlightenment poetry in English constitutes a genre. He has contributed to four BenBella Smart Pop essay collections, one on Veronica Mars (in a volume edited by the show’s creator Rob Thomas), one on Firefly (edited by the show’s writer Jane Espenson), one on House, and one on Batman (edited by Denny O'Neil). He has written an essay on Watchmen for Sequart and he has co-edited a special issue of the online journal Reconstruction (on the theme of post-humanism), where he contributed to it the essay “X-Men, Emerson, Gnosticism.”

He has delivered twenty conference papers in three countries. At a conference about Superheroes and Fashion held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he hosted a discussion with the guys who created the Iron Man costume for the film, and the make-up effects artist in charge of Mystique and Nightcrawler from the X-Men films. Geoff is a regular presenter at Kevin Geeks Out at the 92nd Street Y, has appeared at the Comic Book Club in New York City, and numerous times on the pod-cast Comic Geek Speak, once with Marvel Comics writer Matt Fraction, who named a villain after him – the killer Dokkktor Klockhammer. He updates his blog Remarkable: Short Appreciations of Poetry and Popular Culture almost every day, with the help of guest bloggers.

He received a grant to study Kill Bill, which has resulted in a 70 minute mash-up showing films and their influence on Tarantino's masterpiece. He has no idea what to do with this thing.

After dropping out of the Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin, and after publishing his first book, he worked as a night-watchman in downtown Manhattan, where he read a book a night for two years. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he is the co-chair of Writing and Literature and teaches courses philosophy, literary criticism and British Literature 1.

Geoff Klock was raised in Texas, where he attended a performing arts high school. He was born in 1979, and is an avid cyclist.


Please email at geoff [DOT] klock [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

You can mail him things at

199 Chambers Street, N-711
New York City, NY 10007