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Klaus Rieser, the man who supervised my dissertation and who is currently chair of the department I'm employed at, and I will collaborate on a chapter discussing masculinity and paternity in survival horror games. The chapter is slated to be included in volume 3 of a three-volume collection on gender and horror edited by Robert Shail, Samantha Holland, and Steven Gerrard. For our abstract, click 'read more'.

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My office mate Steve Rabitsch and I will contribute a chapter to a volume on the historical imagination in comics edited by Michael Goodrum, David Hall, and Philip Smith. Our chapter will focus on how the comics series Manifest Destiny highlights the foundational role the dark, Gothic, aspects of American history have played in defining the American nation. For our abstract, click 'read more'.

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19 Jul

Chapter on Animal Avatars in Video Games

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I will contribute a chapter to a volume tentatively titled Outside the Anthropological Machine: Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies edited by Chiara Mengozzi. The volume is based on the "The Human-Animal Line: Interdisciplinary Approaches" conference, which took place in February (which I, unfortunately, couldn't make it to, as I caught a stomach flu the night before). In the book description, Chiara sketches the project as follows: "Instead of establishing once and for all the division line between humans and animals, the papers resonate with the common aim of pluralizing the boundaries between human and non-human animals in order to replace both in a broader web of relations beyond the inherited dichotomies (nature/culture, subject/object, mind/body)." My essay will discuss animal avatars in three rather different video games: Deadly Creatures (2009), I, Predator! (2011), and Bear Simulator (2016). For my abstract, click 'read more'.

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01 Mar

Chapter on Canadian Bear Horror

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I will contribute a chapter to a volume tentatively titled Bridging the Solitudes: Essays on Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror edited by Amy J. Ransom and Dominick Grace. For my chapter abstract, click 'read more'. In their CfP, the editors sketch the project as follows: "Canadian science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literatures imagine the nation—indeed, the world–as other, different than it is in the here and now. One of the recurring dissatisfactions about Canada concerns two central metaphors that have been used to define the Canadian nation: the lack of communication between French- and English-Canadians as constructing The Two Solitudes described in Hugh MacLennan's 1945 novel, and the problem of envisioning a multicultural Canada as a mosaic. The nation's genre literatures in French and English have engaged with these issues from their very beginnings in the nineteenth-century through the present day." My contribution to this volume will discuss four "bear horror" texts, two novels (Claire Cameron's The Bear [2014] and Susan J. Crockford's Eaten [2015]) and two movies (Grizzly Rage [2007] and Backcountry [2014]). For my abstract, click 'read more'.

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14 Feb

Chapter on Writing Monsters

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I will contribute another chapter to a volume edited by Cindy Miller and Bow Van Riper. This time around, their project goes by the title Horror by the Book: Monstrous Manuscripts, Sacred Scrolls, and Illuminated Evil on Screen. As their CfP stipulates, the edited collection will focus on "horror films in which books—manuscripts, diaries, scrolls, sacred texts, chronicles, books of spells, etc.—play an active, material role in the story. The volume will explore the ways in which these texts shape and drive the horror of their narratives, asking new, incisive questions about the ways in which books function as warnings, guides, portals, prisons, and manifestations of the monstrous, as well as the ways in which those texts further the idea of the book as a timeless container of horrors, mysteries, hidden histories, and knowledge beyond human comprehension." Since this topic falls squarely into my research interests, it's a perfect fit. For my chapter abstract, click 'read more'.

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