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Knight, Kimberly
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Transliteracies Project Research Coordinator; Graduate Student, English Dept., UC Santa Barbara
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Kimberly KnightKimberly Knight is a doctoral student in Literature at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include literary and cultural theory; digital and information culture; new media literature and art; and twentieth century literature. She is currently writing her dissertation entitlted Media Epidemics: Viral Structures in Literature and New Media. Knight is a member of the development team of The Agrippa Files: an Online Archive of Agrippa (a book of the dead) and has served as the RA for the Transcriptions Studio at UCSB. She is also the Flash designer and co-author of the Transliteracies History of the Book project, “In the Beginning Was the Word” (forthcoming).

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