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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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This is a talk I gave this Thursday at the 'Mark of the Devil: On a Classic Exploitation Film'-conference in Tamsweg (close to where the movie was shot). Here's the key paragraph from the abstract submitted in November 2013: My proposed presentation will zero in on the struggle for authorship between Armstrong and Hoven, primarily as related through the paratexts included in the Blu-Ray release, yet will also consider the potential impact Hoven's appearance in the diegesis has on his claims to authorship. As I will demonstrate, the somewhat curious result that emerges from both Armstrong’s and Hoven’s (as presented by nearly the entire cast) individual claims to authorship is an effective re-assertion of the filmmaking process's collaborative nature.

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Nothing new to post, so let's turn to the past—here's a conference paper from last fall's Games and Literary Theory conference at the University of Malta. It was actually meant to be transformed into a journal article, but for the moment, it's on the backburner.

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11 Feb

Metaleptic Genre-Mixing in Supernatural

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I've decided to start posting chapter & article drafts here in an attempt to force myself to create a little more content. Since this is the internet, the versions found here will be more multimedially oriented than the print versions.

Anyhow, here's the first for this year, a book chapter on metalepses and genre-mixing in Supernatural, which is forthcoming in a book called Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity, which is already about to go to print.

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