USF Sarasota-Manatee professor publishes first book

Dr. Keith Cavedo, a visiting instructor of American and British literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has published his first book; it is titled Beyond the Infinite: Alien Encounters and the Alien/Human Dichotomy in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Originally his Ph.D. dissertation and scheduled for print in 10-12 weeks, the book explores alien encounters in two seminal science fiction films and is written for non-specialist science fiction and film audiences.

“The study focuses on the significance of the alien encounters in the two films and the impact of the alien encounters on our own conceptions of (human) identity,” Dr. Cavedo said.

During this summer, Dr. Cavedo taught an innovative hybrid Literature and Film course where his students analyzed and compared short stories and film adaptations. “Popular arts like film resonate not only in the culture, but in the classroom as well,” he said. “It’s important for today’s students to have a critical awareness of and appreciation for the popular arts and to be able to apply this new learning, especially in an interdisciplinary field such as Literature.”

In addition to his new book, Dr. Cavedo contributed an article to volume 2, Music and Literature, in Cult Pop Culture edited by Bob Batchelor. Scheduled for print in 2012, his article is titled “(De-) Constructions of the Hemingway Myth.”