MemberRebecca Elton

…(Current) PhD in French Studies at the University of Leeds (2018-2021). Researching masculinity in post WW2 French and British children’s literature. Supervised by Professor Diana Holmes and Dr Richard de Ritter.

MA by Thesis in Modern Languages at the University of Hull (2017-2018). Thesis title: Subverting Patriarchy and Appropriating Power into a Female Perspective in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-) and Maurice Druon’s Les Rois maudits (1955-77). Supervised by Dr Helena Chadderton.

BA French and English, 1st class with oral distinction in French.


I’m a current PhD candidate at the University of Leeds with a diverse range of interests relating to popular culture and literature, comparative studies, genre and gender. My thesis combines these interests by looking at portrayals of masculinity in post World War Two French and British children’s literature. I previously completed my MA thesis at the University of Hull, looking at feminine power in the internationally renowned A Song of Ice and Fire series and the French historical series that inspired it: Les Rois maudits.

MemberJustin Wigard



Vol. 59, no. 1 (2018): Jurassic Park & Philosophy. ed. by Nicolas Michaud and Jessica Watkins

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

29.3 (2018): Stephen King’s Modern Macabre: Essays on the Later Works. by Patrick McAleer and Michael A. Perry
27.2 (2016): Adventure Time & Philosophy. ed. by Nicolas Michaud

The Lion & The Unicorn,

38.3; September 2014 “(Re)Imagining the World: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times. ed. by Yan Wu, Kerry Mallan, and Roderick McGillis”

First Opinions/Second Reactions: Purdue University;

May 2013 “Second Reaction: Academically Adrift in the World—Pedagogical Applications of Ichiro.”

Justin Wigard (“Why-Guard”)is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, where he works with and teaches popular culture, game studies, comic studies, children’s literature, and digital humanities in the literature classroom.   His work covers a wide range of subjects, including the Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mystery film series; professional wrestling and Street Fighter; chronotopal representations of feminism in Marvel’s Jessica Jones; the visual rhetoric of dinosaurs in Calvin and Hobbes; monstrous motherhood in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; and digital visualizations of early-Modern Mughal biographies.   Justin’s dissertation, Level 101: A Video Game About Video Games, focuses on utilizing, and developing, video games as learning tools within the classroom.

MemberJodi Eichler-Levine

…Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature

(New York: New York University Press, April 2013).

(Paperback: New York University Press, April 2015)

Reviewed in: American Literary History Advance, American Jewish History, Catholic Library

World, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Choice, The Lion and

The Unicorn.


“Jews, Race, Religion,” in Paul Harvey and Kathryn Gin Lum, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religion

and Race in American History (New York: Oxford University Press). (forthcoming, 2018)


“Maurice Sendak’s Jewish Mother(s),” in Jane Kanarek, Marjorie Lehman, and Simon Bronner, eds.,

Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Oxford, UK: Littman Library of

Jewish Civilization, 2017).


“Golems and Goblins: The Monstrous in Jewish Children…

Jodi Eichler-Levine is an associate professor of Religion Studies and serves as the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University and Director of American Studies. Her work is located at the intersection of Jewish studies, religion in North America, literature, material culture, and gender studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Before coming to Lehigh, she spent eight years as a professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Professor Eichler-Levine is the author of Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2013), which was reissued in paperback in 2015. In this work, she analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. Her publications have also appeared in American Quarterly, Shofar, and other journals.  Additionally, she has written for Religion DispatchesTikkunReligion in American History (where her work was also featured), and the Christian Century Then and Now blog. As an affiliate of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies and a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core faculty, Dr. Eichler-Levine’s teaching encompasses a wide range of topics, including Jewish comics and graphic novels, religion and food; religious children’s literature; modern Jews; Jews, gender and sexuality; and religion, sci-fi, and fantasy. On the national level, has previously served as co-chair of  co-chair of the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus  and of the  American Academy of Religion’s Religion, Memory, History Group. Future projects include a book length work on Jewish women, material culture, politics, and performance, currently titled Crafting Judaism: American Jewish Women and Creativity. Professor Eichler-Levine also continues to write on Jewish children’s literature and on race, ethnicity, and religion in the United States. When she is not wearing her professional hats, Professor Eichler-Levine enjoys knitting, sci-fi and fantasy series (all-time favorite: Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the Boston Red Sox, and the Green Bay Packers. She lives in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and daughter.

MemberMarina Gerzic

…rrowers and Lenders 9.2 (Fall/Winter, 2015),
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
Laura Collier and Marina Gerzic. “It’s [still] alive! Re-imagining Frankenstein on page and screen.” Routledge Companion to Global Literary Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century. Eds. Elizabeth Ho and Brandon Chua. (Routledge, forthcoming).

Marina Gerzic. ““I wish the bastards dead”: Adapting Richard III in Children’s Literature.” Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Eds. Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. (Routledge, 2020): 56–74.

Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. “Adapting the Man.” Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Eds. Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. (Routledge, 2020): 157–59.

Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. “Adapting the Plays.” Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Eds. Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie. (Routledge, 2020):…

ECR based at UWA. Lover of all things Shakespearean. I work for the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions as its National Administrative Officer. I also work as the Executive Administrator for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Inc., as the editorial assistant for the academic journals Parergon and Shakespeare Bulletin and for the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia in both research and administrative roles.   My current research project examines popular culture depictions of Richard III, and analyses how these works interpret and visually embody Richard and his disability. My research explores and analyses the clash between Early Modern performance texts and youth culture/popular culture, in particular the appropriation of Shakespeare by youth culture/popular culture and the expropriation of youth culture in the manufacture and marketing of Shakespeare. I have taught courses in Shakespeare, film adaptation, and Australian literature. My doctoral work concerned millennial Shakespearean cinematic adaptations, specifically the intersection of Shakespeare and popular culture, as well as the function of music within these films. As well as the analysis of film versions of Shakespeare, I am also interested in how Shakespeare is adapted in new media, such as music, advertising, television, graphic novels and children’s literature. In particular, I am interested at how Australian authors adapt Shakespeare for children via a variety of forms and genres.