I specialize in film/drama studies and have an additional background in early modern English literature (1590-1667) and queer studies.
I am currently at work on a dissertation project in which I theorize the queering of characters in film and theatrical adaptations. I consider how an affective response to a text merges with queer politics to form a queer potentiality that is then explored through the transformation of a fictional character in an adaptation. I trace this process through intertextual networks that include the following texts: Shakespeare’s Macbeth and its source texts/film adaptations, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and Mark Gatiss’s and Steven Moffat’s Sherlock (and fanfiction that adapts the BBC series), Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke/Eccentricities of a Nightingale and Peter Glenville’s Summer and Smoke, and music videos produced by members of contemporary TV/film fandom.
I have presented papers at the World Shakespeare Congress, the Northeastern MLA Conference, and the Boston College English Graduate Conference.
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