science fiction, popular culture, contemporary literature, ecological humanities
Science Fiction, Feminist Studies, Genre, Popular Culture
20th century American literature; feminisms, genders, sexualities; popular culture; American studies; comics and graphic novels; science fiction; gender, pulp, and popular fiction; history of science
Classical rhetoric, history of rhetoric, delivery, composition, science fiction, music, popular culture, cultural studies
Interests include: Mythology, Popular Culture, Comparative Religions, Literature, Fine Arts, Horror, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retro-Futurism, Science Fiction, Pulp Fiction, Cultural Anthropology.
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.
I am interested in American popular culture, particularly how it intersects with race, gender, and/or age.
Since 2017 I am associate professor of popular cultures at Zurich University and currently research associate at Heidelberg University. Before: different positions at German universities, e.g. one of three principal investigators in the research project „Living history: reenacted prehistory between research and popular performance“ at the Leibniz Centre of Contemporary History Potsdam, junior research group leader at the Heidelberg School of Education and research fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. My research interests include heritage studies, material culture studies, public history, popular cultures and history of media and science.
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/
My research and teaching coalesce around the literary and cultural study of science and medicine, exploring the narratives that shape understandings of illness, health, disability, and embodiment. My book manuscript, “Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1930,” merges my background in microbiology and literary studies to examine the diverse representations of microorganisms in the years between the popularization of germ theory and the widespread use of antibiotics.