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Michael Filas

Michael Filas

Michael Filas, Professor
Bates 07
mfilas@westfield.ma.edu
413-572-5683

Michael Filas's teaching and writing focus on 20th century American literature, creative writing, particularly fiction, and cultural studies. He often directs Senior Honors Projects & Graduate Capstones. His publications and conference presentations engage with themes related to medical humanities, post-evolution, and formal experimentation in prose. Michael, along with Professor George Layng, coordinates the English Department's Internship program.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in American Literature and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle, 2001
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction, San Diego State University, 1996
  • B.A. in Business Administration, Long Beach State University, 1985

Courses Taught:

Literature:

Writing:

Cultural Studies and Film:

  • English 240 Cultural Studies
  • English 297 Post-Evolution (honors)
  • English 108 Introduction to Film

Professional Activities:

  • Society for Literature Science and the Arts
  • Associated Writers and Writing Programs
  • WSU English Department Internship Coordinator
  • Former Review Editor, The Information Society
  • Past Chair, Technology Division, Cultural Studies Association

Recent Publications:

Interview:

  • "Personal Life Outsourced" with Alexis Goolkasian in Specs v. 5. Outsourcing. 2013.