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.
Victorian literature, genre fiction, science in literature, science fiction, fantasy
Interests include: Mythology, Popular Culture, Comparative Religions, Literature, Fine Arts, Horror, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retro-Futurism, Science Fiction, Pulp Fiction, Cultural Anthropology.
Theory, Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Linguistics, Linguistics, Philosophy of Biology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Sexuality, Evolution, Ecology, Horror, Philosophy of Computation, Computational Complexity, Economics, Representation.
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.
Monica Sousa received her B.A. (Honours) in 2017 and her M.A. in 2018 from Brock University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of English at York University. She is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2019–2020). Monica specializes in contemporary literature, and her research focuses on animal studies, posthumanism, and biotechnology in contemporary science fiction. Her dissertation will be exploring human and nonhuman animal relations in contemporary science fiction, with a focus on technologically engineered animals (or “biotech animals”, as she calls them) which can include genetically modified animals or animals with cybernetic/robotic enhancements. She is interested in care responses, such as empathy and sympathy, and in the ethics regarding how we treat these animals and how we show care towards them after they have been created. Monica contributed a chapter to Critical Insights: Life of Pi (2020) published by Salem Press. She also has a forthcoming chapter contribution on Jeff Vandermeer’s novel Borne, to be published by Routledge in April 2021 in Posthumanism and Transhumanism in Twenty-First Century Narrative. She has presented conference papers at WorldCon (2018), the International Conference on Contemporary Narratives in English, the European Association for Critical Animal Studies, and the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Monica’s other research interests include feminist theory and women and gender studies, gothic literature (including Southern gothic), post-apocalyptic literature, and ecofeminism/ecocriticism.
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/
A native from Perú, Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is Professor of Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Colonial Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). She is a core faculty member for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and affiliated faculty in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Program of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Since January 2020, she is the Editor in Chief of REGS/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies, sponsored by Romance and Classical Studies and the College of Arts & Letters. Her research interests include issues of race, ethnicity, and identity, women’s and gender studies, visual studies and circulation of images among different media, Indigenous photographers, reflections on coloniality, and television and telenovela studies. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has published a book of short stories. Her short fiction has earned her several awards. She is also an amateur photographer and won the 2011 MSU Global Focus Competition-People’s Choice Award. Every four years, she avidly follows the Soccer World Cup. Areas of interest: Colonial Latin American Studies, Interdisciplinary studies, Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, Visual Studies, Television Studies, Studies of Dispersion and Randomness-Postmodern condition, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of Subalternity, Indigeneity, Gender, Oral/Written, Identity and Otherness.