Cultural Studies: Faculty Projects

Mark Crosby British literary and visual culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, history of ideas, William Blake, and digital humanities.

Tim Dayton
Muriel Rukeyer's Long Poem The Book of the Dead; American Crime Fiction; Marxist Literary and Cultural Theory from Marx and Engels to Ellen Meiksins Wood, Roy Bhaskar, and Fredric Jameson.

Greg Eiselein
American literature and culture (before 1900); contemporary theory and the new cultural studies; multicultural American literature; religion, theory, and culture.

Carol Franko
Fantasy, science fiction, and utopian literature.

Tanya González
U.S. Latina/o Studies; American Gothic; U.S. Ethnic American Literature; Media Studies; Ugly Betty.

Christina Hauck
Sexual reproductivity in/and Modernist Literature; the stage plays of Marie Carmichael Stopes.

Don Hedrick
Movie trailers and movie advertising; theorizing entertainment value in the early modern period; Shakespeare and gender; masculinity studies; horror and violence in film and literature.

Dan Hoyt
Is working on a new collection of short stories that examines attitudes toward fame and the famous, and he has taught a variety of interdisciplinary classes, such as The Literature of Rock and Roll and a team-taught course on neurological case studies.

Michele Janette
Asian-American literature, especially Vietnamese-American literature; representations of the Vietnam War; film; feminist activism; pedagogies for international students in English-language literature courses.

Cameron Leader-Picone Contemporary African-American literature and culture; Race in contemporary America; multiculturalism and discourses of colorblindness, post-racialism. Current project examines the representation of race in 21st century African-American literature.

A. Abby Knoblauch
Feminist rhetorical theories and pedagogies, composition theories and pedagogies, popular culture and the teaching of writing, and maverick rhetorics. Current projects include rhetorical theories of identification in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and representations of argument in college composition textbooks.

Anne Longmuir
The Victorian novel, especially works of Charlotte Bronte; Contemporary American Fiction and Postmodernism; Scottish Literature; National identity and the novel.

James Machor
Reception studies; fiction, the literary marketplace, and nineteenth-century American culture; feminist criticism and the issue of the canon; reader-and-audience-oriented criticism and theory.

Phillip P. Marzluf
Writing of Midwestern Christian homeschooled students; violence and language in Frantz Fanon's manifestos; the eighteenth-century "anthropology" and rhetoric of Lord Monboddo; contemporary English language identity in Mongolia; and the politics of diversity in higher education.

Wendy Matlock
Medieval literature, especially Middle English debate poetry; law and literature; body in medieval culture; theories of gossip and voyeurism; animal studies.

Philip Nel
Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, Postmodernism, radical children's literature, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss.

Bonnie Nelson
Women's Contributions to the Development of the Novel as a Genre; Women's Contributions to the Drama in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Britain.

Kara Northway
Early modern drama and culture; especially labor and economics, manuscript culture, theater history, and Shakespeare.

Donna Potts
Positive Female Media Images in Power Puff Girls; pigs in Irish Literature and Culture; Prostitution in Depression-Era Fort Worth.

Joe Sutliff Sanders
Comics books from all over the world; US consumer culture and children's culture; how US literature interacts with changing ideas of discipline; fantasy, science fiction, and horror; digital gaming.

David Smit
Teaches courses in modern drama, film, film adaptation, and American Literature and Culture from 1945 to 1964. He has just finished a book on the life and career of Ingrid Bergman.

Kimball Smith
Medieval and Renaissance literature; medieval and early modern cartography; contemporary fiction.

Lisa Tatonetti
Native American Literature.

Karin Westman
The body in modern contemporary British Literature; cross-over/dual audience texts for child and adult readers; U.S. and U.K book publication.