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I am interested in "spooky literature," considered broadly. This includes Gothic literature (18th and 19th century British, transatlantic & cross-genre articulations, as well as 20th century & contemporary), ghost stories, weird fiction, horror literature, and folklore. I'm working on two long-term projects that may or may not be related: (1) to discern what makes Gothic literature Gothic - in other words, what is it about Gothic literature that can bridge literary traditions as diverse as the early British Gothic in the strain of The Castle of Otranto and 21st century traditions exemplified in publications like Midwestern Gothic; and (2) I am working on a theoretical articulation of the "spooky" in terms of form, affect, and effect in horror literature, as distinct from the registers of fear, terror, the eerie, etc.
The former questions form the basis of my dissertation, while the latter project was recently published in the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts as "Dancing in the Ruins: Toward an Affect-Narratology of the Spooky."
I also run an informal reading group called The Spooky Society. Sometimes I post meeting notes, Spooky Things I find interesting, reviews, or generic musings on our website (www.spookyscarysociety.com).
I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity. I support viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement in my academic field, my institution, my department, and my classroom.