Research interests include: Tolkien studies, Old English, medieval culture, Middle English, Old Norse, Old Irish, Celtic, Arthurian literature, Honors education, pedagogy, science fiction, fantasy literature, popular culture, disability studies.Homepage: http://www.unm.edu/~ldonovan/
Victorian literature, genre fiction, science in literature, science fiction, fantasy
Fairy tales, folklore, children’s literature, fantasy, feminist theory, queer theory, revisions
Comics and Graphic Narratives; Word and Image Studies; Cultural and Media Studies; Children’s and Youth Culture and Literature; Science Fiction and Fantasy; Narrative Theory; Adaptation; Genre Theory; Folktales and Fairy Tales.
I teach literature in the Department of English at Florida International University. My research interests include narrative theory, global science fiction and fantasy, philosophy of language, popular culture, cognition, spatial theory, science and literature, and biblical hermeneutics.
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.
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.
Victorian studies (especially Dickens, Eliot), fat studies, food studies, Harry Potter, composition, writing centers, English as a second language, fantasy, mythology, Christian poetics, graduate education, film, reader-response theory, fan communities, etymology, trickster figures, children’s and young adult literature, serial fiction
I currently serve as Head of Humanities & History in the Columbia University Libraries. Previously, I held positions as a librarian and faculty member at Fairfield University and Haverford College. My doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, focused on the role of language and fantasy in Anglophone Decadent fiction and illustration. My scholarly interests include Decadent literature and art, book studies, literary doodling, comparative media studies, and Appalachian literature.
I’m an interdisciplinarian with a particular interest in children’s and YA literature, the discursive category of adolescence, and the embodied state of being an adolescent girl. I’m also fascinated by contemporary media culture’s role in the production of adolescence/adolescent girls as well as how adolescent girls speak back to those productions. My doctoral work focused on our cultural concern with the adolescent female body and that body’s presentation and construction in popular media and culture. I aruged that YA fantasy offers a sub or countercultural space that is re-mapping the countours of the body and providing alterantive ways of being adolescent girl. Within this discursive space, I’m particularly interested in how YA fantasy, while participating in bodily concern, manages to present that same body as changeable, unstable and open to possibility. The project is titled, “Myth (Un)Making: Female Heroes in Mythopoeic YA Fantasy”.