Announcements

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Both The Mad Scientist's Guide to College Composition and Monster Theory Reader are out!

I am also very pleased to announce that the Modern Language Association has approved the petition to create a Gothic Studies forum. The forum will begin to host sessions at the annual convention starting in 2021. Be on the look out for our call for papers!

New book projects include a pop culture textbook for Broadview, The Routledge Companion to the American Ghost Story with Scott Brewster, and a collection on "Gothic Melville" with Monika Elbert

In March, I'll be giving a talk on Clive Barker at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

On the DJ front, the Dark Nation Radio 2019 retrospective program can be streamed here: https://www.mixcloud.com/cypheractive/dj-cyphers-dark-nation-radio-2019-retrospective/

Current Projects

Gothic Things
Satan & Cinema

Much has been made of the twenty-first century "non-human turn"--a contemporary paradigm that, as Richard Grusin characterizes it, "decenter[s] the human in favor of a turn toward and concern for the nonhuman." My argument in this study will be that this has always been the thematic and affective terrain of the Gothic, a genre organized around human anxiety concerning the uncanny animacy of the non-human. This book will explore the ways in which the Gothic makes things--material objects--central and enacts a non-human turn avant la lettre.

Edited with Regina Hansen of Boston University, this scholarly collection will explore the ways in which the cinema both reflects and shapes Western conceptions of evil, divinity, and justice as embodied by the figure of the Devil. From Georges Méliès' early experiments with film to contemporary movies such as Constantine, representation of Satan on the silver screen suggests shifting conceptions of the place and role of the human within the universe.

And Now for Something Complete Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python

Gothic Melville

Considering Monty Python's pioneering contributions to film and television comedy and to traditions of satire and subversion, Python scholarship in film and media studies to date is surprisingly scarce, despite some valuable and thought-provoking work on the television series (Landy 2005) and the Python films (Smith 2012) and mentions in works on cult media and British comedy. This collection aims to take a wider and more eclectic view, considering the whole Python phenomenon (television series, films, live shows, comedy albums and fan engagements with all of these) from a range of interdisciplinary, critical perspectives.

Edited together with Monika Elbert, this collection of scholarly essays will consider the Gothic elements of Herman Melville's prose and poetry.