Publications

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“Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industrial Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Storyline, and Fan Action” was published in a special issue on Queer Female Fandom in Transformative Works and Cultures 24 (2017).  This discourse analysis focuses on the series of industrial scandals that created a need for and the development of a lesbian storyline on Grey’s Anatomy.  It examines the methods used to establish an “authentic” representation, and the audience’s response to the “emotional realism” of the characters (Lindholm 2008, 1; Ang 1985, 41-43). Evidence is derived from production and industry analysis, textual analysis, and online ethnography of a particular lesbian-focused fan group, Erica_Callie on LiveJournal.
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“Transformational Exchange of Cultural Values through Cooperative Play in Never Alone” is a curated note for the Transformative Games week at In Media Res, which is an excerpt of a larger work presented at Meaningful Play. This piece examines cooperative play as cultural exchange through ritual play, incorporating indigenous storytelling tradition and education practices.
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It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon is a collection 13 new essays employs ethnographic methods to investigate San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the largest annual celebration of the popular arts in North America. Working from a common grounding in fan studies, these individual explorations examine a range of cultural practices at an event drawing crowds of nearly 150,000 each summer. My chapter entitled “Where are all the Webshows?” looking at the placement and incorporation of webshows (and their fans) into the media meleé that is Comic-Con International.
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The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. My article is entitled “Proud Mormon Polygamist: Assimilation, Popular Memory, and the Mormon Churches in Big Love.” This paper explores the tensions between the official Mormon church of the Latter-day Saints and the polygamist Fundamental Latter Day Saints as popular memory of these subcultures are created through a variety of media representations including fictional programming like Big Love, media branding campaigns from both secular and religious groups, and reality programming such as Sister Wives and Polygamy USA.
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Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman contains 100 entries that provide historical background, explore the impact of the comic-book character on American culture, and summarize what is iconic about the subject of the entry. Each entry also lists essential works, suggests further readings, and contains at least one sidebar that provides entertaining and often quirky insight not covered in the main entry. I contributed to entries to this two-volume set. The first on Maus, an iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel. The second on Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus.