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Publication news!  And Now For Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python has now been published by Edinburgh University Press.  Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema now has a cover and is moving forward with Fordham University Press toward a fall 2021 publication date.

The newly established MLA Gothic Studies forum made its conference debut at the 2021 MLA convention with two solid and well-attended panels. If you are interested in Gothic studies, you can join us at MLAGothicStudies facebook group.

On the DJ front, DJ cypher's Dark Nation radio is now in its 21st year. It airs live Sunday nights from 9-11 PM Eastern US time on Spirit of Resistance Radio. You can access archived programs, including 2020 Dark Solstice program and the 4-hour long 2020 retrospective, on my Mixcloud page. I also have available a free downloadable broadcast introducing 10+1 artists to watch for 2021 called In With the New.

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.

Pop Culture for Beginners

Gothic Melville

Under contract with Broadview Press, Pop Culture for Beginners will be an introductory a textbook for undergraduate course adoption introducing students to the history of the study of popular culture, outlining various theoretical approaches, and then offering brief, adaptable units for implementation in such courses

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

The Routledge Introduction to the American Ghost Story

Co-authored with Scott Brewster, this study explores the American ghost story as a specific genre or mode, one that cannot be relegated to a subcategory of the American Gothic. It will examine the formal and thematic characteristics of the ghost story in the United States, and will trace its historical development from Puritan and Enlightenment origins to its high point in the nineteenth century and continued vibrancy in modern literary and visual culture.