Academic Year 2016-2017
Congratulations to LTWR student, Elizabeth Jaffari, for being selected as one of the winners of the CSUSM Library Award for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity in the Interpretive Analysis category for her submission “Monstrous Ambiguity and Desire in Otsuichi's Goth.” Check out the campus news story about Elizabeth's project at celebrating the best in student research.
Several LTWR and GEW faculty members presented at the 2017 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in San Diego. Professor Mea Hall and Professor William Grazier presented “Seeing Black and White in a 4 Color World: A poststructuralist reading of X-Men,” Dr. Rebecca Lush presented “Original Sin: Gothic Anxiety and Colonial Horror in The Vampire Diaries," and Dr. Heidi Breuer presented “Maintaining Compulsory Maternity in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
Dr. Rebecca Lush presented on the genre of the Weird Western at the 2016 Western Literature Association (WLA) in Big Sky, Montana. In addition to presenting at WLA, she also made her "theatrical debut" at the Reader's Theater where she played the role of "Lady Sheriff" in a spoof of Garrison Keillor's "The Lives of Cowboys." Dr. Lush also has a forthcoming publication, a book chapter in The Fictions of Stephen Graham Jones: A Critical Companion (edited by Billy Stratton) that examines the intersections of Horror and Native American Literature.
Professor Carrie Morrow presented "Legendary Outlaws: Morality in Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" at this year's PAMLA conference.
Dr. Robin Keehn published the political humor essay "Drive By" in the Jokes Review literary Journal.
Dr. Rebecca Lush presented "Dangerous Liaison: Frontier Romances Past & Present & the Myth of America" at the Faculty Center Research Colloquium on November 3rd.
Dr. Yuan Yuan published a new book, "The Riddling between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Ontology, Hauntology, and Heterologies of the Grotesque," with the University Press of America.