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25 Jun

Uncle Sam & American Exceptionalism

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Received the page proofs for an article on the comic Uncle Sam, which will be published in Arbeiten aus Anglistik & Amerikanistik (roughly translated: 'Journal of English & American Studies') 39 (no. 1). Here's the abstract: In the decade following the "end of history," a number of high-profile American novelists, among them Thomas Pynchon and Toni Morrison, examined American history and highlighted the ways in which America's past haunted its present. Steve Darnall and Alex Ross's comic Uncle Sam similarly investigates America's history and its continued influences on the nation at the end of the American Century. As my article will demonstrate, the graphic narrative thus highlights the pillars upon which American exceptionalism was built. On first glance, Uncle Sam appears to be a liberally positioned text that asks America to remedy past wrongs and re-consider its (exceptionalist) role in the world, but a closer look reveals an awareness of how important conservative ideas (including traditionalist constructions of American exceptionalism) are to the imagined American community. My article discusses how Uncle Sam struggles with these seemingly opposing forces and effectively suggests that these contradictions define America. For the (not quite final version of the) article, click below.

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18 Jun

Chapter in Edited Collection on Uncanny Woods

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A proposed chapter entitled "When the Forest Is Not Quite What Is Seems to Be: The Simulacral Spaces of 'Nature' in The Cabin in the Woods" has been selected for inclusion in a book on 'Madness in the Woods', edited by Tina-Karen Pusse and Heike Schwarz. Here is the original CfP. The book is slated to be published in Lexington Books' Ecocritical Theory & Practice series; for the abstract, click below.

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A proposed chapter entitled "Woody Allen and the Absurdity of Human Existence: Origin and Human Agency in God and Mighty Aphrodite" has been selected for inclusion in a book on intermediality and referentiality in Woody Allen's movies, edited by Klara Stephanie Szlezák and Dianah E. Wynter. The book is slated to be published next year; for the abstract, click below.

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14 Apr

Time Loop Narratives on Recent American Television

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This piece is forthcoming in a special issue of GRAAT: A Journal of Anglophone Studies entitled Television Series and Narratology: New Avenues in Storytelling. It discusses time loops in episodes taken from The X-Files ("Monday"), Supernatural ("Mystery Spot"), and Fringe ("White Tulip") from three different vantage points—which are, however, not mutually exclusive. In the course of my analysis, I touch upon various cultural, medial, but also psychological influences on conceptualizations and representations of time in contemporary television.

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11 Feb

Metaleptic Genre-Mixing in Supernatural

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I've decided to start posting chapter & article drafts here in an attempt to force myself to create a little more content. Since this is the internet, the versions found here will be more multimedially oriented than the print versions.

Anyhow, here's the first for this year, a book chapter on metalepses and genre-mixing in Supernatural, which is forthcoming in a book called Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity, which is already about to go to print.

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