Puerto Rican literature, Caribbean studies, Gothic literature, Popular fiction, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Horror film
… the Subversion of the American Zombie.” Horror Homeroom, 29 October 2018.
“’It’s a dog eat dog world’: The Neoliberal Horror of Texas Chain Saw Massacre II.” Oh, The Horror: Politics and Culture in Horror Films of the 1980s, edited by Kevin M. Scott & Connor M. Scott, McFarland & Company, Forthcoming.
“Sensory Overload and Edgar Allan Poe’s Mechanics of Terror.” Poe Studies, forthcoming.
I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments. Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.
Science fiction, horror literature & film, ecocriticism, animal studies, feminist theory, contemporary American literature.
Horror cinema (especially zombie films), Japanese manga and anime, new media and fandom, LGBTQ literature, feminist and queer theory.
lifelong learning, public digital humanities, horror, zombies, film, American literature, digital literacies, electronic literature, social media, digital pedagogy, open education.
…ure, and Authenticity in the Exploitation Documentary”
2013–2016 — San Francisco State University: Master of Arts in Cinema Studies. Thesis: “Who Can Be Eaten? Consuming Animals and Humans in the Cannibal Horror Film.”
2002–2004 — New College of California: Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. Thesis: “Islam: What’s Fit to Print? The Representation of Islam and Muslims in the New York Times”
1999–2002 — L…
“The Margins of Mondo: Tracing Genre through 1960s American ‘Mondo’ Film Discourse.” Film International (forthcoming summer 2019)
“Who Can Be Eaten? Consuming Animals and Humans in the Cannibal Horror Film.” In What’s Eating You? Food and Horror on Screen, edited by Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017
“Marriage Bites: Lesbian Vampires and the Failure of Heterosexual Mono…
American Drama, Theatre Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Popular Culture, Sam Shepard, Spalding Gray, Gender Studies, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Beat Generation, Comics and Graphic Novels, Circus Studies, Horror Cinema, Queer Theory and Performance Studies
Derek Johnston lectures on broadcast media at Queen’s University, Belfast, providing the historical and theoretical spine to the BA Broadcast Production and the MA Media and Broadcast Production. His research is predominantly in media history, particularly the history of fantastic genres such as science fiction and horror in British television, radio and film. This research has led to a growing consideration of the significance of time in relation to broadcasting. The key outputs from this research to date have focused on seasonality, whether that be the seasonal appropriateness of the horror genre in different national contexts, or the wider questions of the relationship between media and the seasons.
Jesse Alemán is a professor of English and the Director of Literature at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches nineteenth-century American and U.S. Latina/o literary and cultural histories. He also offers classes on the C19 American gothic; southwestern literature and film; and Chicana/o horror. He holds the title of Presidential Teaching Fellow, a distinction awarded for his critical pedagogy at a Hispanic Serving Institution.
…my main projects right now are:
a monograph on American urban spaces in horror films
a monograph on the aesthetics of contemporary television horror
a monograph on monstrous animals in American culture
an edited volume on American cities in the fantastic imagination
an edited volume on food and drink in science fiction
I’m currently a fixed-term assistant professor in American studies at the University of Graz in Austria and the managing editor of JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies. Most of my research centers on horror & the Gothic.