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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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This is the first news concerning NBC's Hannibal—in keeping with the logic of seriality, part 2 will follow in the next couple of days. Together with Mike Phillips (once again), I am working on a chapter titled "Honoring the Taste and Aesthetic of What We Eat (and Kill): Porning Food and Fetishizing Murder in Hannibal," which will be included in a collection tentatively titled What's Eating You? Food and Horror on Screen edited by Cindy Miller and Bow Van Riper, slated for publication with Bloomsbury Academic. For the abstract, click the 'read more' button.

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24 Jun

Conference Presentations Fall 2015

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Just a short update for today (more to come soon): I will be presenting papers at the 10th Annual Conference of the German Association for Comics Studies in Frankfurt and the 42nd Annual Austrian Association for American Studies Conference. The paper in Frankfurt will discuss the (re)presentation of history in Uncle Sam and will elaborate on some ideas introduced in my article on Uncle Sam published last year in Arbeiten aus Anglistik & Amerikanistik, while the paper in Graz will explore the sounds of eating humans in Grizzly Man and Frozen. Hit the 'read more' button to, well, read more (duh!).

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24 May

Call for Contributions: Fantastic Cities

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Together with Stefan Brandt (University of Graz) and Steve Rabitsch (University of Klagenfurt), I am editing a book on American urban spaces in science fiction & fantasy. Click 'read more' for the full call for contributions.

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