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MemberLana Cook

Modern to contemporary American literature, film, and cultural studies. Specializing in cognitive approaches to literature, affect, modes of realism and fantasy. My dissertation is on representations of ‘altered states,’ such as psychedelic drug states and mental illness, in mid-century American narratives and film.

MemberDennis Wise

As a literary scholar and critic, my main focus areas are 20th– and 21st-century science fiction and fantasy literature, especially J.R.R. Tolkien, but also Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen R. Donaldson, Glen Cook, Poul Anderson, Paul Edwin Zimmer, and others. For a more in-depth discussion of my work, see Fields of Research or my C.V.. Previous research has landed in such journals as Tolkien Studies (twice), Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (twice), ExtrapolationLaw & Literature, Gothic Studies, and more. My teaching mixes face-to-face and online courses within the University of Arizona’s (faculty webpage) Writing Program, where I teach composition and  a highly popular Gen. Ed. course entitled Nonhuman Subjects: Monsters, Ghosts, Aliens, and Others. I’m also active in academic publishing, where I serve as the reviews editor for Fafnir: Nordic Journal of SFF ResearchIn the past, my research has been supported by a R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Science Fiction Studies.

MemberDavid Oberhelman

I am the English and Foreign Languages librarian at Oklahoma State University. My interests include the research needs of humanities scholars, digital humanities, the history of print culture, and bibliographic study. In addition, I research nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglo-American fantasy and speculative literature.