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A chapter tentatively titled "'I know everything that's going to happen': Supernatural's Self-Reflexive Compulsion to Repeat (with a Difference)" has been selected for inclusion in an edited volume on Supernatural and the Gothic tradition. Including the other two essays that are in different stages of the publication process, this will be my ninth publication on Supernatural. It will be my final one—not only because it's time to move on, but also because the show's been unbearable to watch for a few years now ... For the complete abstract, click the rather obvious 'read more'-button.

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06 Mar

The Ecocritical Subtexts of 3 Recent Ozzie Horror Movies

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Continuing the trend of more-or-less monthly posts in 2015, here is the final draft of a chapter which will be published in a volume on animal horror movies edited by Katarina Gregersdotter, Niklas Hållén, and Johan Höglund. The collection is currently under peer review.
Abstract:
This chapter investigates the three Australian animal horror movies Rogue (2007), Black Water (2007), and The Reef (2010). The chapter argues that these movies seek to portray great white sharks and saltwater crocodiles simply as what they are—apex predators that may kill and feed on human beings. Yet, as the author demonstrates, certain frictions emerge from the movies' attempts at depicting the animals' essential traits and the human perspective that the films cannot abandon. This chapter, thus, explores the ways in which these paradoxes operate on the narrative and stylistic levels and reveals how the sharks and crocodiles in Rogue, Black Water, and The Reef still succeed in dethroning humanity from its self-ascribed spot atop the food chain. As a result, these three movies question mankind’s self-proclaimed dominance over the rest of the planet, revealing an ecocritical agenda in the process.

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With 62 units of teaching behind me between January 8 and yesterday, here's a brief update: My proposed chapter "'Is this really all they had to worry about?' Piecing Together the Past in The Last of Us" has been selected for inclusion in an upcoming book on 'Memory in Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Tales,' edited by Heather Urbanski. Neat excuse for (a) finally buying a PS4 and (b) re-playing the game when I'm back in Graz. For the abstract, click below.

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08 Jan

Chapter in Edited Collection on Star Wars

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And once again Mike Phillips and I have joined forces to embark on another project, this time an essay on Star Wars restoration projects for a collection edited by Peter Lee, who contributed a chapter to our collection ConFiguring America. For the abstract, click below.

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So, I taught my first classes at the University of Siegen by now nearly two weeks ago. Tough to report anything meaningful at this stage, so I'll let it be. Instead, here's the draft for a chapter that's forthcoming in a collection on Woody Allen and intermediality. I posted my abstract a couple of months ago.

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