Background and activities
Research Interests in Cinema and Television Studies
- cli-fi (climate fiction)
- financialization of domestic space
- class, race, gender, and sexuality
- aesthetics and affects of cuteness
- theories of post-cinema
- Hollywood and independent US cinema
- Todd Haynes
Research Plans 2017
This year I plan to move forward my two in-progress monographs:
- The Cultural Affordances of Cli-Fi: 21st-Century Scenarios of Climate Futures. This book will place the newly minted category “cli-fi” in the broader context of fiction, films, and television programming that tackle a constellation of topics related to environmentalism and sustainability. I argue that cli-fi offers a new set of representational possibilities through its combination of generic flexibility and media buzz. In notable ways setting itself apart from earlier offerings, cli-fi speaks to twenty-first-century concerns and contexts. This research can provide insight not only into the topic of climate change but also the “structures of feeling” that circulate around it.
- Home Economics: The Financialization of Domestic Space. This book brings together film and media studies work on the recession with the relatively new field of critical finance studies to fill a gap in current scholarship on the representations of home at the turn of the twenty-first century. Taking as a point of departure that the recession was as much a cultural crisis it was an economic one, as Mark Hayward argues, it investigates the housing bubble and crash through in-depth analyses of a wide range of representations in screen culture. It takes up US television, film, and new media in an examination of how these forms contribute to the ongoing twenty-first-century reconfiguration of discourses of home and family within the context of the housing crisisand its aftermath.
- The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (co-editor with Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Anthony P. McIntyre, and Diane Negra, Routledge, 2017)
- Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (co-editor with Shane Denson, REFRAME, 2016)
- American Mobilities: Geographies of Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture (Transcript, 2016)
- Extreme Weather and Global Media (co-editor with Diane Negra, Routledge, 2015)
- Interviews: Todd Haynes (editor, UP of Mississippi, 2014)
Publications: Peer-Reviewed Journals
- “Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography,” with Susanne Leikam. American Studies Journal 62 (2017). Web.
- “‘What’s in a Name?’: Cli-Fi and American Studies,” with Susanne Leikam. Extended Forum. Amerikastudien / American Studies 62.1 (2017): 109-38.
- “Female-Centered Television in an Age of Precarity,” with Jorie Lagerwey and Diane Negra. Genders 1.1 (2016).
- “Demon Debt: Paranormal Activity as Recessionary Post-Cinematic Allegory.” Jump Cut 56 (2014).
- “‘This Complicated, Colossal Failure’: The Abjection of Creighton Bernette in HBO’s Treme.” Television and New Media 13.3 (2012): 243-60.
- “An Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri.” Contemporary Women’s Writing 5.1 (2011): 66-83.
- “Space, Class, City: Literary Geographies of Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha.” Japanese Journal of American Studies 19 (2008): 123-37.
- “Geographies of American Studies,” with Sheila Hones. American Quarterly 57.4 (2005): 1019-32.
- “Towards a Critical Geography of American Studies,” with Sheila Hones. Comparative American Studies 2.2 (2004): 185-203.
- “Black-Audience Westerns and the Politics of Cultural Identification in the 1930s.” Cinema Journal 42.1 (2002): 46-70.
- “Home on the Range: Space, Nation, and Mobility in John Ford’s The Searchers.” Japanese Journal of American Studies 13 (2002): 83-106.
- “Reading White Trash: Class, Race, and Mobility in Faulkner and Le Sueur.” Arizona Quarterly 56.2 (2000): 37-64.
In the Media
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Routledge. 2017. ISBN 978-1138998766.
- (2017) The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
- (2017) Cute 21st-Century Post-Fembots. The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness.
- (2016) Female-Centered Television in an Age of Precarity. Genders. vol. 1 (1).
- (2016) American Mobilities: Geographies of Class, Race, and Gender in US Culture. Transcript Verlag. 2016. ISBN 978-3-8376-3455-6.
- (2016) Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film. 2016. ISBN 9780993199639.
- (2016) Demon Debt: Paranormal Activity as Recessionary Post-Cinematic Allegory. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.
- (2016) The Financialization of Domestic Space in Arrested Development and Breaking Bad. Class Divisions in Serial Television.
- (2016) Perspectives on Post-Cinema: An Introduction. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film.
- (2015) Extreme Weather and Global Media. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 9781138798793.
- (2014) Interviews: Todd Haynes. University Press of Mississippi. 2014. ISBN 1496807901.