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.
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.
American literature and culture (before 1900); contemporary theory and the new cultural studies; multicultural American literature; religion, theory, and culture.
Fantasy, science fiction, and utopian literature.
U.S. Latina/o Studies; American Gothic; U.S. Ethnic American Literature; Media Studies; Ugly Betty.
Sexual reproductivity in/and Modernist Literature; the stage plays of Marie Carmichael Stopes.
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.
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.
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.
The Victorian novel, especially works of Charlotte Bronte; Contemporary American Fiction and Postmodernism; Scottish Literature; National identity and the novel.
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.
Medieval literature, especially Middle English debate poetry; law and literature; body in medieval culture; theories of gossip and voyeurism; animal studies.
Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, Postmodernism, radical children's literature, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss.
Women's Contributions to the Development of the Novel as a Genre; Women's Contributions to the Drama in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Britain.
Early modern drama and culture; especially labor and economics, manuscript culture, theater history, and Shakespeare.
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.
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.
Medieval and Renaissance literature; medieval and early modern cartography; contemporary fiction.
Native American Literature.
The body in modern contemporary British Literature; cross-over/dual audience texts for child and adult readers; U.S. and U.K book publication.