About Us


Jeremy  Ekberg

Jeremy Ekberg

Jeremy Ekberg
Visiting Instructor


Office: CPR 333
Phone: 813/974-9492


My name is Jeremy Ekberg, and I am a visiting instructor in the English Department, where I teach Literature, Professional and Technical Communication and First-Year Composition.

Prior to teaching at USF, I spent five years in China teaching American lit, literary theory, drama, ESL, and other courses to English majors and non-English majors. The question I get the most is do I speak Chinese (Mandarin). The answer is “a little.” I’m currently writing my second book, this one on my (mis)adventures overseas.

As far as what brought me to teaching, I’ve always loved reading and writing from a young age. Got my start reading comic books and graduated to more “serious” literature much later. I began my career as a journalist, realized I am not a news junkie, and switched to teaching which allowed me to read and write as much as I please.

Courses Taught

Composition and Rhetoric I
Composition and Rhetoric II
Modern Drama
Language, Power, and Gender
Paradigm Shifts and the Cycle of Influence
Songs in English
Asian Voices in English
English in the Media
Blount Undergraduate Initiative I – Origins, an interdisciplinary course which explores the origins of the self, of society, and of culture.
Blount Undergraduate Initiative II – Possibilities, an interdisciplinary course which studies the possibilities of various systems of thought, mores, and methods of inquiry.
Reading and Writing for Technical Students
Literary Theory
English as a Second Language
Writing about Literature
American Literature
British Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
Technical Writing
Business English
Business Communications
Professional Writing

Conference Presentations

“Ionesco’s Forgotten Plays: Meaning and Performatives in the Niece-Wife and Bedlam Galore.” The Asian Conference on Literature 2017, Kobe, Japan, March 30-April 2, 2017.

“Invisible Ghosts: Les Jeux Sont Fait and Disembodied Consciousness.” Camera Stylo: Intersections in Cinema and Literature, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, April 8-10, 2015.

“More Real than Real: Simulacra and Satire in England, England.” 2014 International Conference on Humanity and Social Sciences, Guangzhou, China, June 29-30, 2014.

“Flight from Identity: Embodiment and Immobility in Waiting for Godot.” The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2013, Osaka, Japan, April 4-7, 2013.

Rhinoceros and Renewal: Ionesco and Incessant Ontology.” The American Comparative Literature Association, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, March 31-April 3, 2011.

“Existential Authenticity in Jean-Paul Sartre’s Kean.” Cultures of Modernity: The International Federation for Theatre Research Conference 2010, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich, Germany, July 25-31, 2010.

“Elements of Jungian Psychology in Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song.” Con(tra)vention: Crime and the Boundaries of Genre, University College Cork, Ireland, June 26-27, 2009.

“ ‘The Language of Real Life’: ‘The German Ideology’ and the Marxist Signifier as a Semantic Operational Force.” The Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language and Culture, the University of Louisiana Lafayette, March 5-7, 2009.

“The Chronicles of Endgame: Lost Narratives and Power Relations in Conscious Spaces.” The Theatre and Performance Research Association Annual Conference, the University of Leeds, England, September 3-5, 2008.

“O’Neill’s ‘Savage Hope’: Primitivism and Cultural Memory in The Emperor Jones.” The Horton Foote American Playwright's Festival, Baylor University, October 25-27, 2007.

“Nabokov’s ‘Chosen Creatures’: The Grotesque and Incest in Lolita.” Society, Animals and Gender Conference, Uppsala University, Sweden, August 26-27, 2007.


PhD in English, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, May 2011.

MA in English, The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, May 2005.

BA in Journalism, cum laude, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA,
December 1997.

Specialty Area

Modern drama, interdisciplinary studies, Modernism, Postmodernism, Existentialism, composition theory, war literature, world literature, Theatre of the Absurd.

Recent Publications


The Myth of Identity in Modern Drama. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015.

Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters

“More Real than Real: Simulacra and Satire in the Novels of Julian Barnes.” (Under Review).

“Ionesco’s Forgotten Plays: Meaning and Performatives in The Niece-Wife and Bedlam Galore.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 33.1 (2018).

“Invisible Ghosts: Prereflective Consciousness in Les Jeux Sont Fait.’’ Pre-reflective Consciousness: Sartre and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind. Ed. Gerhard Preyer. Routledge, 2015.

“Representation and Ontological Self-Awareness in Sartre’s Drama.” Sartre Studies International 17.1 (2011): 75-92.

“The Chronicles of Endgame: Lost Narratives and Power Relations in Rhetorical Spaces.”
Ethical Encounters: Boundaries of Theatre, Performance and Philosophy. Ed. Daniel Watt and Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

“Nabokov’s ‘Chosen Creatures’: The Grotesque and Incest in Lolita.” Interactions: A Journal of British and American Culture 17.2 (2008): 25-34.

Book Reviews

Labyrinth of Hybridity by Marc Maufort. The Eugene O’Neill Review. Fall 2012.

The Man Back There and Other Stories by David Crouse. Black Warrior Review Online. Spring 2009.