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08 Mar

Paper at GFF2017

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For the first time since 2010, I will participate in the annual conference of the German Association for Research in the Fantastic. For the third time since the association's founding in 2010, the annual conference will be in Austria; this time in Vienna. My presentation will be on Mass Effect as climate fiction. For the 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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21 Feb

Official! Teaching a Star Wars Seminar in 2 Weeks

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My new colleague (and office mate) Steve Rabitsch and I will start teaching a Star Wars seminar in about two weeks. It only became truly official earlier today, so ... work. You'll find a neat little teaser if you 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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27 Jan

Presentation at Fear 2000: 21st-Century Monsters

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I will give a presentation on Canadian bear horror at the "Fear 2000: 21st-Century Monsters"-conference, which will take place in Sheffield in April. For the abstract, click below.

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