CFP: Whiteness and the American Superhero

Call for Chapters WHITENESS AND THE AMERICAN SUPERHERO Co-edited by Sean Guynes and Martin Lund American superhero comics have a problem with race, and especially with their own overwhelming—albeit often unspoken—whiteness. Recent decades have seen increasing interest in diversity of all kinds from comics publishers, and in the past few years comics scholars have sought to …

CFP for MLA 2018: Creative Economies of Science Fiction

MLA 2018 CFP 4-7 January 2018 New York City, NY Institutions, Markets, Speculations: Creative Economies of Science Fiction This panel builds on recent interest in literary institutions, as evidenced for example in Mark McGurl’s The Program Era (Harvard UP, 2009), and dovetails with older investments in the literary marketplace with which literary institutions are necessarily …

Call for Chapters: Transmedia Star Wars

We seek chapter proposals for a volume titled Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling, which aims to provide an account of the history of the franchise, its transmedia storytelling and world-building strategies, and the consumer practices that have engaged with, contributed to, and sometimes also challenged the development of the Star Wars franchise.

A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics

This timeline includes mainstream comic books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. The timeline begins after the creation of the 1954 Comics Code Authority and continues half a century to 2004. The timeline takes the form of a bibliography. The timeline was compiled over the course of my master’s thesis research in consultation with …

CFP: MLA 2017 Session, Science Fiction’s Countercultures

Dangerous Visions: Science Fiction's Countercultures In the introduction to the chapter on "Countercultures" in his edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014), Rob Latham asserts that "Science fiction has always had a close relationship with countercultural movements" (383). The alternative worldmaking capacities of SF&F, in other words, has long had resonances in the sub- and countercultural movements …

Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation

November 3, 2015 Downloadable version: Academia.edu Context This paper, presented at The Ohio State University English Graduate Organization's second annual conference on October 31, 2015, is an edited-down version of a paper written for a graduate seminar on science fiction and literary theory, and is also a slightly different version of the paper I actually gave, …