is Reader and
Director of Research for Film and Television at Kingston University. He
is the author of several books and articles on popular culture and
audience, including Batman Unmasked, Using the
Force and Alice's
Adventures; he edited The
Blade Runner Experience
and co-edited The Audience Studies
Reader for Routledge. His most recent
monograph is the BFI Film Classics volume on Star
is a Fixed-term
Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American
Cultures at Michigan State University, where he also serves on the Asian
Pacific American Studies Advisory Board. His scholarly work has appeared in
publications such as the Journal of Popular Culture, and most recently, Difference on Display: Diversity in Art, Science, and Society. His
poetry and essays have appeared in numerous publications. He serves on the
editorial board of The Journal of
Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and is currently editing a
critical book on representations of diversity in Disney features to be
published by McFarland.
received his Ph.D
in Comparative Literature from Yale University. He is currently Assistant
Professor of film and visual culture at Purdue University. Some of his
published work includes "Extras to the Extraordinary: the 'Other' Actors
in the Marx Brothers films" in A
Century of the Marx Brothers, and an essay on actor Klaus Kinski
in The Cambridge Companion to Werner
Herzog (forthcoming). He is completing a manuscript on destitution and the
work of Samuel Beckett.
Cecilia A. Feilla
received her Ph.D. in
Comparative Literature from New York University and is currently an assistant
professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College. Her work on
eighteenth-century literature has appeared in numerous academic journals and
collected volumes. She is currently completing a book on the sentimental
theatre of the French Revolution, and serves as Director of British Literature
for the Northeast Modern Language Association.
is an Assistant Professor at New Jersey City University where she teaches
writing and literature in the English department. By training, she is a Victorianist.
Poetry is her first love, but the tango clears a really close second. She
lives, writes, reads, and dances in New York City.
R. Hart (Ph.D.,
University of Michigan) is chair of the Department of Communication and Media
Studies at Plymouth State University, where he teaches courses in film and
television studies, video production, and popular culture. He is the author of
The AIDS Movie: Representing a Pandemic
in Film and Television and editor of
Film and Sexual Politics and Mediated
Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations.
Douglas L. Howard
is currently Assistant Academic Chair and an Associate Professor in the
English Department at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. His
publications include articles, essays, and book chapters in Literature and Theology, Poppolitics.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos, The
Gothic Other: Racial and Social Constructions in the Literary Imagination
(co-editor and contributor), Reading
The Sopranos, Reading Deadwood, Reading 24, Milton in Popular
Culture, Modern and Postmodern
Cutting Edge Films, The Blackwell
Companion to the Bible in English Literature, The Essential Cult TV Reader, and Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television (editor).
is chair of the
Department of Philosophy, and the Director of the Center for Humanities and
Digital Research at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida. He
writes on contemporary culture, particularly on the human experience of place.
He also writes on African philosophy, as well as the history of mysticism. The
thread between all these interests is a concern with the ways which humans
find to articulate what matters most to them, how those ways are rooted in the
places that are familiar to them (both real and desired places), and how those
places can be creative spaces for new ideas and new experiences.
is Lecturer in
English and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he recently
received his doctorate. He writes about ghosts in sixteenth-century
literature. He is currently transforming his dissertation into a book,
entitled "Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Voices of the
Dead in Elizabethan England.".
is a Senior Lecturer in Film and TV at Roehampton
University and has written numerous articles about 'American Quality
Television'. Her co-edited collections include Falling In Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris,
2008) and she is the author of Sex and the City (Wayne State University Press, 2009).
is Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University, where he
teaches contemporary American literature, theory, and popular culture. His
essays have appeared in Postmodern Culture, LIT,
Genders, Pynchon Notes, and in
critical volumes devoted to The Sopranos
and to the work of John Steinbeck and Tim O'Brien..
The Silk Code won the 2000 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He has since
published Borrowed Tides (2001), The
Consciousness Plague (2002), The
Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To
Save Socrates (2006). His science fiction and mystery short stories have
been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. His eight
nonfiction books, including The Soft
Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan
(2003), and Cellphone
(2004), have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, WIRED, the
Christian Science Monitor, and have
been translated into nine languages. He has appeared on "The O'Reilly
Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," the "NewsHour
with Jim Lehrer" (PBS), "Nightline" (ABC) and numerous national and
international TV and radio programs. He is Professor of Communication &
Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.
Masson holds a Ph.D.
in English from McMaster University. She
teaches medieval literature and composition in the English Department at
Vancouver Island University (British Columbia). Her academic research and publication areas comprise medieval
visionary literature, medieval alchemical poetry, and the contemporary works
of Joss Whedon, including Buffy, Angel, and
Firefly. Her fiction includes The
Elijah Tree (Rebel Satori, 2009), a novel that
combines theories of medieval mysticism with contemporary issues of faith and
Sophie Mayer teaches
film studies and creative writing. She is a regular contributor to Sight
& Sound, and the author of The
Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009) and the
co-editor, with Corinn Columpar,
of There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking
and Beyond (Wayne State University Press, 2009). Her writings on texts and
affects have appeared in Reconstruction, University of
Toronto Quarterly, SAIL,
Vertigo, and literary magazines in
Europe, USA, and Canada.
Laura Nathan-Garner is
a freelance writer and editor. She has contributed to publications such as Redbook,
Cooking Light, True/Slant, The Writer's Chronicle, and Screwball Television: Critical
Perspective on Gilmore Girls (Syracuse University Press) and is the author
of the Insiders'
Guide to Houston (Globe Pequot Press, 2009) and Day
Trips from Houston, 13th edition (Globe Pequot Press, 2010). She received
an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
is lecturer in film at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the editor of Reading
24: TV against the Clock, the author of numerous articles on
small-screen aesthetics, and co-editor of The Television Series (Manchester
Jimmy Dean Smith
is a Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Union College
in Barbourville, Kentucky. He has recently published articles about T.S.
Eliot, Loretta Lynn, and the much-despised war poet Jessie Pope. He is
currently researching a book on poets and novelists' responses to the damming
of Appalachia's rivers.
English and Women's Studies at Vancouver Island Unviersity
College in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Her academic research and publication
areas include Nineteenth Century women travellers,
television, cinema, and graphic narrative.
is currently an assistant professor of English at Georgia Southwestern State
University, and teaches courses in first-year composition, professional
writing, technical writing, document design, and grammar. She received her
Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Communication Education from Miami
University, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Dayton, and her
doctorate in Rhetoric and Writing from Bowling Green State University.
has had a diverse
career, on a long journey from accountant to technical writer to academic; she
earned a Master of Arts in Writing from Rowan University and a Ph.D. in
English, specializing in Composition and Rhetoric, at Lehigh University. Her
first book, Plagues, Apocalypses, and
Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares was
published by McFarland in 2007 and her second, an edited collection entitled Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric was
released in January 2010. Those works, like this one, allow her to combine her
passion as a fan with her career as an academic. She is currently an Assistant
Professor of English and Director of Composition at Central Connecticut State
Joseph S. Walker
received his doctorate in contemporary American fiction from Purdue
University. He has published a number of essays on contemporary fiction and
film, and has a special interest in representations of crime and violence. He
lives in Indiana, where he works as a freelance writer and scholar.