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Two more fixtures for my fall schedule: Presentations at the meta-gaming workshop at the Central and Eastern European Game Studies Conference at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and at the The Fantastic in a Transmedia Era: New Texts—Theories—Contexts conference at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The presentations, in fact, build on one another—although, effectively, part II will be presented first. Abstracts below.

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17 Aug

2 Chapters on Pynchon in the Making

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Another quick update: Two chapters on Thomas Pynchon have been (tentatively) accepted for two very different collections. Collection #1 will be edited by Jessica Aldred and Felan Parker and tackle the BioShock series; collection #2 will be edited by Dawn Keetley and Matt Sivils and discuss the ecogothic in 19th-century American culture. For my abstracts, hit the 'read more'-button.

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09 Aug

Supernatural & the Compulsion to Repeat

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This is the draft of a chapter for a book on Supernatural & the Gothic tradition edited by Melissa Makala announced in March. This has basically been accepted as-is.

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07 Aug

Star Wars Restoration Projects

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This is the draft of the book chapter co-authored with Mike Phillips, which was supposed to be on Star Wars Original Trilogy restorations, but which, while writing, grew in size and scope, as we came to understand that, in certain ways, the restoration projects are the culmination of the tormented relationship between George Lucas and Star Wars fandom. The entire collection tries to address the elusive crossover market between fans and academics, which is why the entire essay is a little less 'academic' ... but, without further ado, hit the 'read more'-button ...

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Episode two of the Hannibal news. Hidden behind the 'read more'-button, you'll find the draft of an article which has been accepted for publication (basically as-is) by the European Journal of American Culture for its special issue on "The Joy and Sorrow of Food: An American Story" (vol. 34, issue 2). The abstract goes like this: 'Amuse-Bouche', 'Sorbet', 'Digestivo' – Hannibal's episode titles announce the important role food plays in Bryan Fuller's recent re-imagination of the well-known narrative surrounding a serial-killing, anthropophagic psychiatrist. This article traces food's path from procurement via preparation to its consumption. Along this path, the article highlights how the show constantly questions binary constructs by intelligently interconnecting the liminal role of its central character, who happens to be a cannibal, to his relation to food. In the end, the article demonstrates that food, a liminal object that enters the human body from the outside, is a remarkably potent semiotic vehicle for relating a story about a human monster who rejects and yet, surprisingly, at the same time reinforces cultural boundaries.

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