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09 Oct

Job Offer et al.

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More than two months since the last post. However, it wasn't like nothing happened over the summer. The book Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity, to which I contributed a chapter on genre mixing in Supernatural, came out in early September. The first 2014 issue of Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik, which includes my article on Uncle Sam and American exceptionalism, was slated to come out in late August, but is still pending publication (but should be out any day), and the summer was filled with working on grant proposals, researching, thinking, and writing. And just the day before yesterday, I was offered a visiting lecturer post at the University of Siegen, where I'll be starting in December. So, I really need to get some of my work-in-progress finished in the next couple of weeks before (starting to think about) moving to Germany.

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25 Jun

Uncle Sam & American Exceptionalism

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Received the page proofs for an article on the comic Uncle Sam, which will be published in Arbeiten aus Anglistik & Amerikanistik (roughly translated: 'Journal of English & American Studies') 39 (no. 1). Here's the abstract: In the decade following the "end of history," a number of high-profile American novelists, among them Thomas Pynchon and Toni Morrison, examined American history and highlighted the ways in which America's past haunted its present. Steve Darnall and Alex Ross's comic Uncle Sam similarly investigates America's history and its continued influences on the nation at the end of the American Century. As my article will demonstrate, the graphic narrative thus highlights the pillars upon which American exceptionalism was built. On first glance, Uncle Sam appears to be a liberally positioned text that asks America to remedy past wrongs and re-consider its (exceptionalist) role in the world, but a closer look reveals an awareness of how important conservative ideas (including traditionalist constructions of American exceptionalism) are to the imagined American community. My article discusses how Uncle Sam struggles with these seemingly opposing forces and effectively suggests that these contradictions define America. For the (not quite final version of the) article, click below.

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18 Jun

Chapter in Edited Collection on Uncanny Woods

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A proposed chapter entitled "When the Forest Is Not Quite What Is Seems to Be: The Simulacral Spaces of 'Nature' in The Cabin in the Woods" has been selected for inclusion in a book on 'Madness in the Woods', edited by Tina-Karen Pusse and Heike Schwarz. Here is the original CfP. The book is slated to be published in Lexington Books' Ecocritical Theory & Practice series; for the abstract, click below.

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A proposed chapter entitled "Woody Allen and the Absurdity of Human Existence: Origin and Human Agency in God and Mighty Aphrodite" has been selected for inclusion in a book on intermediality and referentiality in Woody Allen's movies, edited by Klara Stephanie Szlezák and Dianah E. Wynter. The book is slated to be published next year; for the abstract, click below.

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14 Apr

Time Loop Narratives on Recent American Television

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This piece is forthcoming in a special issue of GRAAT: A Journal of Anglophone Studies entitled Television Series and Narratology: New Avenues in Storytelling. It discusses time loops in episodes taken from The X-Files ("Monday"), Supernatural ("Mystery Spot"), and Fringe ("White Tulip") from three different vantage points—which are, however, not mutually exclusive. In the course of my analysis, I touch upon various cultural, medial, but also psychological influences on conceptualizations and representations of time in contemporary television.

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