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
Interests include: Mythology, Popular Culture, Comparative Religions, Literature, Fine Arts, Horror, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retro-Futurism, Science Fiction, Pulp Fiction, Cultural Anthropology.
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.
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), Extrapolation, Law & 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 Research. In the past, my research has been supported by a R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Science Fiction Studies.
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.