AREAS OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTEREST
Horror Film; Film Noir; Children’s and Young Adult Culture; Comics and Graphic Novels; Culture of the Left; Film and Television; James Joyce; Literary Theory; Modern and Contemporary British Literature; Modern and Contemporary American Literature; Postcolonial Literature; Globalization; Postmodernism; Science Fiction
1997–present Professor, Department of English, University of Arkansas.
1992–1997: Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Arkansas.
1990–1992: Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Arkansas.
1988–1990: Presidential Research Fellow, Department of English, University of Florida.
1974–1988: Research Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Doctor of Philosophy (in English), University of Florida, 1990. Doctoral Dissertation: Works in Progress: History, Subjectivity, and Textuality in the Fiction of James Joyce.
Master of Arts (in English), University of Tennessee, 1988. Master’s Thesis: Intertextuality, Polyphony, and Hyper-Irony in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon.
Master of Science (in materials science and engineering), University of Tennessee, 1977.
of Arts (in physics and mathematics), Vanderbilt University, 1974.
No Joke: Todd Phillips’s Joker and American Culture. Liverpool: Auteur-Liverpool University Press.
Historical Dictionary of American Cinema. Second Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Cinema. Second Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
The Coen Brothers’ America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.
Consumerist Orientalism: The Convergence of Arab and American Popular Culture in the Age of Global Capitalism. Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh.
Star Trek: A Cultural History. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Tony Soprano’s America: Gangsters, Guns, and Money. Lanham: MD: Rowman and Littlefield. Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh.
Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov (editor). Amenia, NY: Grey House.
Mad Men: A Cultural History. Lanham: MD: Rowman and Littlefield. Co-authored with Bob Batchelor.
Literature and Politics Today: The Political Nature of Modern Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (editor). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.
Critical Insights: Brave New World (editor). Amenia, NY: Grey House.
Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas Encyclopedia (editor). 4 vols. Santa Barbara, CA:Greenwood Press.
Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Contemporary Speculative Fiction: Critical Insights (editor). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press.
Blue Collar Pop Culture (editor). 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Dystopia: Critical Insights (editor). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press.
Dystopia: Critical Insights (editor). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press.
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Vol. 3: Cultural Theory (editor). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (December 2010).
Critical Insights: Things Fall Apart(editor). Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
Historical Dictionary of American Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Superpower: Heroes, Ghosts, and the Paranormal in American Culture. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
The Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels (editor). 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.
Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Cinema. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
The Science Fiction Handbook. Co-authored with Anne-Marie Thomas. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Disney, Pixar, and the Hidden Messages in Children’s Films. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Red, White, and Spooked: The Supernatural in American Culture. Westport, Ct: Praeger.
From Box Office to Ballot Box: The American Political Film. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Postmodern Hollywood: What’s New in Film and Why It Makes Us Feel So Strange. Westport, CT: Praeger.
May Contain Graphic Material: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Film. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Alternate Americas: Science Fiction Film and American Culture. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Drawn to Television: Prime-Time Animated Series from The Flintstones to Family Guy. Westport, CT: Praeger.
The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics (editor). 3 volumes. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Science Fiction Television. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Strange TV: Innovative Television Series from The Twilight Zone to The X-Files. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia (editor). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
The Post-Utopian Imagination: American Culture in the Long 1950s. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Rereading Global Socialist Cultures after the Cold War: The Reassessment of a Tradition. Edited with Dubravka Juraga. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post–Cold War Reassessment.Edited with Dubravka Juraga. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War: American Science Fiction and the Roots of Postmodernism, 1946–1964. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Teaching with The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: W. W. Norton.
Ulysses, Capitalism, and Colonialism: Reading Joyce after the Cold War. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
The Caribbean Novel in English: An Introduction.Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Critical Essays on Salman Rushdie. New York: G. K. Hall. (Editor)
The Modern American Novel of the Left: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Film and the American Left: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
The African Novel in English: An Introduction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
The Modern British Novel of the Left: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Colonial Power, Colonial Texts: India in the Modern British Novel Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P.
Joyce, Bakhtin, and the Literary Tradition: Toward a Comparative Cultural Poetics. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P. Paperback edition.
Joyce, Bakhtin, and the Literary Tradition: Toward a Comparative Cultural Poetics. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P.
A Practical Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism. White Plains, NY: Longman.
Bakhtin, Stalin, and Modern Russian Fiction: Carnival, Dialogism, and History. With Dubravka Juraga. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Flann O’Brien, Bakhtin, and Menippean Satire. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP.
Vargas Llosa among the Postmodernists. Gainesville: UP of Florida.
The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature: Fiction as Social Criticism. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Literature and Domination: Sex, Knowledge, and Power in Modern Fiction. Gainesville: UP of Florida.
Techniques of Subversion in Modern Literature: Transgression, Abjection, and the Carnivalesque. Gainesville: U of Florida P.
Articles and Book Chapters on Literature, Culture, and Theory
“Frankenstein in Baghdad, or the Postmodern Prometheus.” Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 32.3 (2021): 388–403.
“Lost in the Funhouse: Allegorical Horror and Cognitive Mapping in Jordan Peele’s Us.” Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh. Horror Studies 12.1 (March 2021): 119–31.
“Jokes from Underground: The Disintegration of the Bourgeois Subject and the Progress of Capitalist Modernization from Dostoevsky to Todd Phillips’s Joker.” Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh. Literature/Film Quarterly 48.3 (Summer 2020). Available on-line at https://lfq.salisbury.edu/_issues/48_3/jokes_from_underground_the_disintegration_of_the_bourgeois_subject_and_the_progress_of_capitalist_modernization_from_dostoevsky_to_todd_phillips_joker.html.
“Unreal City: Nostalgia, Authenticity, and Posthumanity in ‘San Junipero.’” Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh. Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age. Eds. Terence McSweeney and Stuart Joy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 151–63.
“Tayeb Salih and Modernism’s Season of Migration to the South.” Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh. IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities 5.2 (Autumn 2018): 51–68.
“Guide to the Classics: Donald Trump’s Brave New World and Aldous Huxley’s Dystopian Vision.” The Conversation (August 29, 2018). https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-donald-trumps-brave-new-world-and-aldous-huxleys-dystopian-vision-93946. Co-authored with Isra Daraiseh.
“Graphic Novel into Film.” The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel. Ed. Stephen E. Tabachnick. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. 160–74.
“On Isaac Asimov.” Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Amenia. NY: Grey House, 2017. 3–17.
“The Cultural and Historical Context of Asimov’s Work.” Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Amenia. NY: Grey House, 2017. 27–38.
“The Critical Reception of Asimov’s Work.” Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Amenia. NY: Grey House, 2017. 55–66.
“Capitalism, Camp, and Cult SF: Space Truckers as Satire.” Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text. Ed. J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay. Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool Press, 2015. 220–232.
“Postmodernism and the Cultural Logic of Dystopian Fiction: Brave New World and M. T. Anderson’s Feed.” Critical Insights: Brave New World. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Amenia, NY: Grey House, 2014. 214–27.
“Star Trek and the Birth of a Film Franchise.” Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptation: Across the Screens. Eds. J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay. London: Routkedge, 2013. 101–114.
“The Critical Reception of Speculative Fiction.” Contemporary Speculative Fiction: Critical Insights. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 3–16.
“The Twenty-First-Century Fantasy Film Explosion.” Contemporary Speculative Fiction: Critical Insights. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 231–45.
“Media Culture, Conformism, and Commodification in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and M. T. Anderson’s Feed.” Dystopia: Critical Insights. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013. 73–87.
“Blue-Collar Science Fiction Television: Working for the Future.” Blue Collar Pop Culture. Vol. 2. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. 118–139.
“Tony Soprano, Postmodern Scholarship Boy: Class in The Sopranos.” Blue Collar Pop Culture. Vol. 2. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. 140–155.
“Rescue Me: Working-Class Content, Middle-Class Style.” Blue Collar Pop Culture. Vol. 2. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. 173–190.
“Southern African Fiction.” Twentieth-Century World Fiction. Vol. III of The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction. Vol. ed. John Clement Ball; gen ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 1353-56.
“Star Trek and the Birth of a Film Franchise.” Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptation: Across the Screens. Ed. Jay P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay. London: Routledge, 2011. 101–114.
“Sabre.” The Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2010. 537–38.
“On Things Fall Apart.” Critical Insights: Things Fall Apart. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 3–8.
“Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart.” Critical Insights: Things Fall Apart. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 96–124.
“The Other Side of History: Fantasy, Romance, Horror, and Science Fiction.” The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel. Ed. Robert L. Caserio. Cambridge: Cambridge UP,2009. 251–66.
“The African Historical Novel.” The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel.” Ed. Abiola Irele. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2009. 141–58.
“Superheroes and Comics.” African Americans and Popular Culture. Volume 3: Music and Popular Art. Ed. Todd Boyd. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008. 161–182. Co-authored with Terrence Tucker.
“The Politics of Star Trek.” The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader. Ed. J. P. Telotte. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2008. 195–208.
“The Reds and the Blacks: The Historical Novel in the Soviet Union and Postcolonial Africa.” Cold War Literature: Writing the Global Conflict. Ed. Andrew Hammond. New York: Routledge, 2006. 78–99. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga.
“Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka.” The Novel, Vol. I: History, Geography, and Culture. Ed. Franco Moretti. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. 786–93.
“English Dystopian Satire in Context.” A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945–2000. Ed. Brian Shaffer. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 32–44.
“Science Fiction and the Cold War.” A Companion to Science Fiction. Ed. David Seed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 171–84.
“Dystopian Fiction.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Eds. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. New York: Routledge, 2005. 127–28.
“Utopian and Dystopian Fiction.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Eds. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. New York: Routledge, 2005. 624–25.
Introduction. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga. Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post–Cold War Reassessment. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga. Ed. Dubravka Juraga and M. Keith Booker. New York: Praeger, 2002. 1–10.
“Mike Gold or James Joyce?: The Literature of Politics and the Politics of Literature.” Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post–Cold War Reassessment. Ed. Dubravka Juraga and M. Keith Booker. New York: Praeger, 2002. 81–100.
“The Reds and the Blacks: The Historical Novel in the Soviet Union and Postcolonial Africa.” Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post–Cold War Reassessment. Ed. Dubravka Juraga and M. Keith Booker. New York: Praeger, 2002. 11–30. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga.
Introduction. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga. Rereading Global Socialist Cultures after the Cold War: The Reassessment of a Tradition. Ed. Dubravka Juraga and M. Keith Booker. New York: Praeger, 2002. 1–8.
“Writing for the Wretched of the Earth: Frantz Fanon and the Radical African Novel.” Rereading Global Socialist Cultures after the Cold War: The Reassessment of a Tradition. Ed. Dubravka Juraga and M. Keith Booker. New York: Praeger, 2002. 115–48.
“Postmodern and/or Postcolonial?: The Politics of At Swim-Two Birds.” A Casebook on Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds. Ed. Tom Foster. On-line document published by Dalkey Archive Press. 2002. Available at http://www.centerforbookculture.org.
“Thomas Mofolo, Chaka.” Il Romanzo: Storia e Geografia. Ed. Franco Moretti. Milan: Giulio Einaudi, 2002.601–7. (In Italian).
“Frantz Fanon.” Headnote for Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. Ed. Vincent B. Leitch. New York: Norton, 2001. 1575–77.
“A Literary Empire: V. S. Naipaul’s Passage to India—and England.” Six Seasons Review 1.2 (2001): 143–64.
“The Twilight Zone and American Society in the Long 1950s: The Birth of Postmodernism.” Blue Mesa Review 12 (2000): 147–79.
“Gravity’s Rainbow.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 511–12.
“Alex La Guma.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 685–86.
“Marxist Criticism of the Novel.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 818–21.
“The Proletarian Novel.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 1042–45.
“Ousmane Sembène.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 1202–4.
“The South African Novel.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 30–35.
“The War of the End of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo).” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 1418–19.
“The U. S. A. Trilogy.” Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 1390–92.
“Salman Rushdie: The Development of a Literary Reputation.” Critical Essays on Salman Rushdie. Ed. M. Keith Booker. New York: G. K. Hall, 1999. 1–15.
“Midnight’s Children, History, and Complexity: Reading Rushdie after the Cold War.” Critical Essays on Salman Rushdie. Ed. M. Keith Booker. New York: G. K. Hall, 1999. 283–313.
“The Great Unmentionable: Class, Race, and Gender in American Leftist Culture and Contemporary Literary Studies.” Working Papers Series No. 7, Department of Comparative American Cultures, Washington State University, 1999.
“Cultural Crisis Then and Now: Science, Literature, and Religion in John Banville’s Doctor Copernicus and Kepler.” Critique 39.2 (Winter 1998): 176–92.
“Detectives in Dystopia: Ideology and Subjectivity in the Multi-Generic Work.” Essays on Transgressive Readings: Reading Over the Lines. Ed. Georgia Johnston. Lewiston, PA: Edwin Mellen, 1998. 187–208.
“The Historical Novel in Ayi Kwei Armah and David Caute: African Literature, Socialist Literature, and the Bourgeois Cultural Tradition.” Critique 38.3 (1997): 235–48.
“Late Capitalism Comes to Dublin: ‘American’ Popular Culture in the Novels of Roddy Doyle.” Ariel 28.3 (1997): 27–45.
“The Reds and the Blacks: The Historical Novel in the Soviet Union and Postcolonial Africa.” Studies in the Novel 29.3 (1997): 274–96. Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga.
“Decolonizing Literature: Ulysses and the Postcolonial Novel in English.” Pedagogy, Praxis, “Ulysses”. Ed. Robert D. Newman. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1996. 135–51.
“African Literature and the World System: Dystopian Fiction, Collective Experience, and the Postcolonial Condition.” Research in African Literatures 26.4 (1995): 58–75.
“Beauty and the Beast: Dualism as Despotism in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie.” Reading Rushdie: Perspectives on the Fiction of Salman Rushdie. Ed. D. M. Fletcher. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994. 237–54.
“Fiction and ‘Real Life’: Vargas Llosa’s The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta and Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. Critique 35.2 (1994): 111–27.
“Woman on the Edge of a Genre: The Feminist Dystopias of Marge Piercy.” Science-Fiction Studies 21.3 (1994): 337–50.
“Technology, History, and the Postmodern Imagination: The Cyberpunk Fiction of William Gibson.” Arizona Quarterly 50.4 (1994): 63–87
“America and Its Discontents: The Failure of Leftist Politics in Pynchon’s Vineland.” Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 4 (1993): 87–99.
“The Dalkey Archive: Flann O’Brien’s Critique of Mastery.” Irish University Review 23.2 (1993): 269–85.
“The Dangers of Gullible Reading: Narrative as Seduction in García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 17 (Summer 1993): 181–95.
“The Horror of Mortality: Conrad’s Dialogue with Mastery in Heart of Darkness.” The Arkansas Quarterly 2.1 (1993): 1–29.
“Literature as Resistance: The Literary Response to Oppressive Systems.” The Arkansas Quarterly 2.2 (1993): 84–87. (Introduction to special volume for which I served as guest editor.)
“Literature, Power, and Oppression in Stalinist Russia and Catholic Ireland: Danilo Kiš’s Use of Joyce in A Tomb for Boris Davidovich.” South Atlantic Review 58.4 (November, 1993): 39–58. (Co-authored with Dubravka Juraga.)
“Vineland and Dystopian Fiction.” Pynchon Notes 30-31 (Spring-Fall 1992): 5–38.
“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Dante’s Beatrice and Joyce’s Bella Cohen.” James Joyce Quarterly 29 (Winter 1992): 357–68.
“Serendipitous Intertextuality: Joyce’s “The Dead” and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.” The Arkansas Quarterly 1 (1992): 55–86.
“The Bicycle and Descartes: Epistemology in the Fiction of Beckett and O’Brien.” Éire-Ireland 26.1 (1991): 76–94.
“Finnegans Wake and The Satanic Verses: Two Modern Myths of the Fall.” Critique 32 (Spring 1991): 190–207.
“History and Language in Joyce’s ‘The Sisters’.” Criticism 33 (Spring 1991): 217–33.
“‘Nothing That Is So Is So’: Dialogic Discourse and the Voice of the Woman in Twelfth Night and The Clerk’s Tale.” Exemplaria 3.2 (1991): 519–37.
“Science, Philosophy, and The Third Policeman: Flann O’Brien and the Epistemology of Futility.” South Atlantic Review 56.4 (1991): 37–56.
“‘Supersaturated with Religion’: Teaching Literature in the Bible Belt.” Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas 22 (October 1991): 39–45.
“Tradition, Authority, and Subjectivity: Narrative Constitution of the Self in The Waves.” Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 3 (1991): 33–55.
“Western Culture in the Wake of Joyce: From Egypt to Derrida (by Way of Nietzsche).” College English 53 (January 1991): 19–33.
“What We Have Instead of God: Sexuality, Textuality, and Infinity in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Novel 24.2 (1991): 178–98.
“The Baby in the Bathwater: Joyce, Gilbert, and Feminist Criticism.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 32 (1990): 446–67.
“Beauty and the Beast: Dualism as Despotism in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie.” ELH 57 (1990): 977–97.
“The Dynamics of Literary Transgression in Gilbert Sorrentino’s Mulligan Stew.” Essays in Literature 17 (1990): 111–30.
“Joyce, Planck, Einstein, and Heisenberg: A Relativistic Quantum Mechanical Discussion of Ulysses.” James Joyce Quarterly 27 (1990): 577-586.
“Notes Toward a Lacanian Reading of Wallace Stevens.” Journal of Modern Literature 16.4 (1990): 493–509.
“O’Brien Among the Benighted Gaels: Linguistic Oppression and Cultural Definition in Ireland.” Discours Social/Social Discourse 3 (Special Bakhtin Number, Spring-Summer 1990): 167–82.
“Postmodernism in Medieval England: Chaucer, Pynchon, Joyce, and the Poetics of Fission.” Exemplaria II.2 (1990): 563–94.
“‘A War Between the Mind and Sky’: Bakhtin and Poetry, Stevens and Politics.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 14 (1990): 71–85.
“The Rats of God: Pynchon, Joyce, Beckett, and the Carnivalization of Religion.” Pynchon Notes 24–25 (1989): 21–30.
“A Probable Source for the Title of ‘The Small Rain.’” Pynchon Notes 22–3 (1988): 75–77.
“Gravity’s Novel: A Note on the Genre of Gravity’s Rainbow.” Pynchon Notes 20–21 (1987): 61–68.
“Bridging the Ontological Divide.” Review of Tech Anxiety: Artificial Intelligence and Technological Awakening in Four Science Fiction Novels, by Christopher A. Sims. Science Fiction Studies 41 (July 2014): 456–58.
“A Complicated Existence.” Review of David Brin’s Existence. Los Angeles Review of Books. 2013. http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=849.
Review of Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America. CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 43.1 (Fall 2013): 124–29.
Review of The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950–1959, by Peter Lev. Science Fiction Film and Television 2.1 (2009).
Review of Literature of Africa, by Douglas Killam. Research in African Literatures 36.3 (Fall 2005): 157.
Review of Labor’s Text: The Worker in American Fiction, by Laura Hapke. Modern Fiction Studies 47.4 (2001).
Review of Up from Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul, by Dale E. Peterson. African American Review 35 (2001): 659–60.
Review of Blank Fictions: Consumerism, Culture, and the Contemporary American Novel, byJames Annesley and Children of Silence: On Contemporary Fiction, by Michael Wood. Studies in the Novel 32.1 (2000): 80–84.
Review of Claiming History: Colonialism, Ethnography, and the Novel, by Eleni Coundouriotis. Clio 28.4 (1999): 445–49.
Review of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain, by Kevin Dettmar. James Joyce Quarterly 36.2 (Winter 1999): 348–53.
Review of Joyce, Chaos, and Complexity, by Thomas Jackson Rice. James Joyce Literary Supplement 12.2 (Fall 1998): 7.
Review of Modernism and the Theater of Censorship, by Adam Parkes. Modern Language Studies 43.2 (1997): 505–507.
Review of Joyce, Race, and Empire, by Vincent Cheng. Research in African Literatures 27.3 (1996): 144–46.
Review of Joyce’s Iritis and the Irritated Text: The Dis-Lexic Ulysses, by Roy Gottfried. South Atlantic Review 61.4 (1996): 118–21.
Review of From the Masses, to the Masses: Third World Literature and Revolution, by E. San Juan, Jr. Arkansas Review 4.1 (1995): 125–30.
“Postmodernism and the Technological Imagination.” Review of Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk, by Joseph Tabbi. Pynchon Notes 34-35 (1994): 199–204.
“The Critical Condition of Literary Theory.” Papers on Language and Literature 26 (1990): 289–98.
Scientific and Technical Publications
Presented papers (including a number of invited lectures) at many professional conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Nuclear Society, American Society for Metals, and Metal Properties Council.
Published over one hundred scientific and technical articles and reports, including essays in such refereed professional journals as Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, Nuclear Technology, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, and Journal of Nuclear Materials.
MASTER’S THESES DIRECTED
Ibisi, Sait. “Middle Eastern Themes in Contemporary American Fantasy: The Political and Socio-Religious Implications,” 2018.
Stout, John. “Pynchon and Place: A Geocritical Reading of Thomas Pynchon,” 2018.
Smith, Shavawn. “We Can Come Back From This: Navigating the Perils of the Anthropocene in The Walking Dead.” 2017.
Swehla. Tessa. “The Two-Sided Coin: Madness and Laughter as Subversion in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Sandman.” 2017.
Pierse, Kristi Michelle. “‘Everyone Has Thought about Killing Someone—One Way or Another’: Questioning Morality and Putting Violence to Good Use in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal.” 2016.
Stephenson, Alexis. “What the Fuck Is This?: Aesthetic Nature of Being or Ontology in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” 2015.
Ganapathiraju, Aishwarya. “Constructed and Remade: Utopia, Dystopia and the Posthuman in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag Novels.” 2011.
Tonyan, Joel. “Deregulation as Dystopia: Corporate Hegemony in Twentieth-century American Science Fiction.” 2010.
Hall, Alexander. “Dyscontent: The Critical Dystopia in 21st Century American Literature.” 2009.
Burns, Jeremy. “Alternate Endings: The Postapocalypse in American and British Film and Literature.” 2009.
Jennings, Jackson. “Understanding Superheroes: Scholarship, Superman, and the Synthesis of an Emerging Criticism.” 2009.
Carman, Molly. “The Compassionate Imagination in Paper Towns and King Dork.” 2009.
Long, Adam Bedford. “The American South as a Postcolonial Space: The Search for Identity in William Faulkner’s Writing.” 2008.
Ezell, Silas Kaine. “Ripping on People: The Traditional and Postmodern Satire of South Park.” 2008.
Edwards, Jason. “Marxist Implications in the Grendel Graphic Novels: The Marginalized Anti-hero, Alienation and Psychic Fragmentation, and the Dissolution of Late Capitalism.” 2007.
Shepard, Iris. “The Transformative Potential of Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Birth in D. H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow.” 2007.
Belk, Patrick Scott. “Text(s) Contra Text(s).” 2004.
Harp, Matthew Brian. “Necessary Lies: The Breakdown of Totalities and Establishment of Community in the Early Works of Kurt Vonnegut.” 2004.
Wood, Marjorie Elizabeth. “The Prebourgeois Logic of the Proslavery Argument—Race, Gender, and Paternalism in Slavery Apologetics, or, The Slave Economy’s Effect on Antebellum Southern Thought.” 2004.
Bryles, Mark Benjamin. “The ‘Strong Force’ of American Imperialism: The Atom Bomb as a Critical Medium in Martin Amis’s Einstein’s Monsters and London Fields.” 2001.
Logan, Mitchel Boyd. “Dubious Dilemma: The Schism Caused by Steinbeck’s Phalanx Theory in the Novel In Dubious Battle.” 2001.
Markell, Jason Paul. “‘Friends Beyond’: Ghosts and the Postmodern Fantastic in Nabokov’s Pale Fire and Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.” 2001.
Solomon, Jeffrey H. “The Bildungsroman in Caribbean Culture.” 2001.
Hamilton, Patrick Lawrence. “On the Matter of Heroes: Elegiac Romance and Postmodern Fiction.” 2000.
Pauls, Leina Marie. “(Not) Wanted in the Canon: A Study of the Impact of Literary Criticism upon Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted On The Voyage.” 1998.
Lensing, Dennis Michael. “Critique and Complicity: Advertising in American Popular Culture 1945–1960.” 1997.
Thomas, Anne-Marie. “Mirrorshades and Microsofts: Subjectivity, Space, and History in the Works of William Gibson.” 1997.
Day, Anne Kathleen. “The Subversion of Gender Stereotypes in the Age of Victoria: An Analysis of Four Novels.” 1996.
Regan, Marguerite. “Gender Masquerades in Ulysses: A Lacanian Look.” 1996.
Hill, Thomas Roy. “In and Out of Play: Baseball Mythology and Its Uses in Three American Novels.” 1995.
DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS DIRECTED
Maiti, Rashmila. “Mumbai Macbeth: Gender and Identity in Bollywood Adaptations.” 2018.
Alshammari, Mohammed. “The Postmodern Novel in Saudi Arabia and America.” 2017.
Martinez Diaz, Blanca Judith. “The Dialectics of the Community: Mexican Production of Death.” 2017.
Ardeneaux, Edward IV. “Mapping the System, Completing the Circuit: The Hacker Figure as Techno-Interface in Contemporary Novels of Speculation and in Popular Films.” 2016.
Daraiseh, Isra. “The Literary Unconscious: Ideology and Utopia in the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel in England and Russia.” 2015.
Mubarak, Sobia. “Dramatizing Power and Resistance: Images of Women in Pakistani and Indian Alternative Theater.” 2015.
Troutman, Megan. “(Re)Animating the Horror Genre: Explorations in Children’s Animated Horror Films.” 2015.
Zeenat, Afrin. “The Spectacle of Orphanhood: Reimagining Orphans in Postbellum Fiction.” 2015.
Wilson, Robert. “You Can’t Get There from Here: Movement SF and the Picaresque.” 2014.
Akkawi, Aya. “Salman Rushdie in the Postmodern Current: New Venues, New Values.” 2014.
Burns, Jeremy. “Monsters in Common: Identity and Community in Postapocalyptic Science Fiction After 9/11.” 2014.
Thomas, Mirosh. “Epic, Novel and Postcolonial Nation Making: India and Postcolonialism.” 2013.
Westcamp, Carol. “‘A Place Where You Can Reckon with Yourself’: Loss of Place in Sam Shepard’s Plays.” 2013.
Abbasi, Mansoor. “Paradigms of Style: A Study of Zulfikar Ghose’s Novels.” 2012.
Shepard, Iris. “Ideology in Popular Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Film.” 2012.
Ezell, Silas Kaine. “Revolution or Evolution?: American Humor Gets Animated.” 2012.
Allred, William. “Sublime Beauty & Horrible Fucking Things: The Finer Worlds of Warren Ellis.” 2011.
Evans, Casey. “‘They’re Us”: Infectious Trauma and the Zombie Apocalypse.” 2009.
Rankin, Sandra K. “China Miéville and the Misbegot: Monsters, Magic, and Marxism.” 2009.
Burgh, Mark. “The Rose of History: Citizen Kane, American Literature, and the Recontextualizing of Shakespeare’s Histories and Tragedies.” 2009.
Pryor, Leigh. “The Creative Writing Process as a Means for a Woman Inmate to Cope with Her Incarceration, Rehabilitate Herself within the Prison Setting, and Prepare for Her Reentry into Society.” 2008.
Randall, Cherri. “Ethnicity and Sexual Citizenship: Two Variables in the Identity Equation as Represented in 21st Century Film.” 2008.
Idris, Farhad Bani. “Reimagining India: Narratives of Nationalism in V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie.” 2001.
Lynn, Thomas Jay. “Resistance and Revision: West African Literature and the Postcolonial Trickster.” 1999.
Parigi, Frank Sam. “The Machine without a Garden: Technology and Characterization in Don Delillo’s Contemporary America.” 1999.