CFP: SCMS 2017 Panel, Transnational SF Film

TRANSNATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND MEDIA Like the Western, noir, and musical, the science fiction film occupies a well-defined niche of cinema and media studies, complete with its own catalogue of specialized theory and criticism (Calvin 2014). Science fiction is also a category of film that has come to embody an era and its conditions. As Jim Kitses … Continue reading CFP: SCMS 2017 Panel, Transnational SF Film

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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 … Continue reading A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics

Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)

Note: This is to be published, eventually, in a Sequart collection of essays on 1970s horror comics “Gone! Gone! -- the form of man -- ! Rise, the demon Etrigan!!” — Jack Kirby, The Demon Vol. 1 #1 (Aug 1972, 24.5)[1] Jack Kirby’s The Demon – a 16-issue comic book series published by DC, cover-dated … Continue reading Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)

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 … Continue reading CFP: MLA 2017 Session, Science Fiction’s Countercultures

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

November 3, 2015 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, which was … Continue reading Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation

Trans-, Trans*, Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Android, or Starfish?

November 2, 2015 This paper was originally written for an Intro to Graduate Studies course, the assignment being to write a short critical "conversation" paper about a single article and one or two other articles that it cites. As a later paragraph makes clear, the title of my paper is not a joke; it is … Continue reading Trans-, Trans*, Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Android, or Starfish?

PhD Applications and the Dreaded Statement of Purpose (+ examples)

Notes on the What and Why Applying to graduate school is one of the toughest decisions you will make; but you don't need me to remind you that, because if you're here for advice then you've already heard that line from every "how to" guide. It's an important point, but its proliferation in discussions of … Continue reading PhD Applications and the Dreaded Statement of Purpose (+ examples)

SCMS 2016 Abstract

UPDATE, 12/3/2015: Paper was accepted for presentation. Below is my abstract for the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, which I discovered thanks to Ramzi Fawaz. A Once and Future Queer: Trans Narrative and DC Comics' Camelot 3000 (1982-1985) What is a “trans narrative”? What does it mean for a narrative to be … Continue reading SCMS 2016 Abstract

No Straight Lines: Panel CFP for 2016 MSU Comics Forum

No Straight Lines: Sexuality and LGBT Identities in Sequence In 2012 Fantagraphics published No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by cartoonist Justin Hall. The collection testifies to the rich heritage of comics by queer creators that address aspects of LGBT lives from the mundane to the fantastic, the superheroic to the quotidian. … Continue reading No Straight Lines: Panel CFP for 2016 MSU Comics Forum

“Falling in Love” in the Archive

This year I've been working as the Graduate Assistant to the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. One of my primary tasks has been overseeing the acquisition of the Center's new Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, donated by the widow of a man who collected thousands of CDs, records, comic … Continue reading “Falling in Love” in the Archive