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21 Aug

Chapter on TV Show Zoo

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Sherry Ginn and Michael Cornelius have invited me to contribute a chapter to their volume-in-progress on television shows dealing with the apocalypse. My essay will discuss a show I thought would be so much better than it's turned out to be, CBS's Zoo. For my abstract, click 'read more'.

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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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