A Note On Current Work

Hello Dear Reader,

Just letting you know what I’m working on right now.

The end of Night of the Living Dead (1968) seems to haunt me more and more as I research and write on zombies, outbreak narratives, and biopolitics. Natalia Cecire (@ncecire on twitter) was dead on (no pun intended) when she told me that she considers that final scene a lynching. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting her a few months ago, and never really got to say so in person, so if you read this, thank you.

Currently, I’m plugging away at an article I am hoping to submit to a zombie collection. It’s examining how adding Critical Race Theory and Animal/Posthuman Theory to Biopolitical Analyses of Zombie and Outbreak fiction can deepen our understanding of the political and ethical stakes of these types of narratives, especially in their relation to terror, sovereignty, and oppression.

We’ll see how that all goes, I’ve really just gotten started.

I’m also reading Paul De Kruif’s 1926 smash hit, Microbe Hunters. I’m trying to take my time with this read, as it is completely enjoyable, full of speculative biographical flourishes that I thought would infuriate me, but really just won me over. I’ll do a short book review after I finish it.

I’m also gearing up for my Wyndham Lewis-athon. My first dissertation chapter will be on Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Crowd Theory, and contagion. I’m not ready to share anything right now, but I’ll try to get you some book reviews when I make my way through The Art of Being Ruled (1926), Hitler (1931), and The Hitler Cult (1939). I’m particularly excited to read these after having read  Blasting and Bombardiering (1937), which definitely does not sympathize very strongly with Hitler or the Nazis — as many of you probably know, Lewis is often accused of some very reasonably deduced Fascist leanings, and his 1931 study of Hitler is often characterized as ‘infatuated’. I’m intrigued to see how deep his sympathy runs, and how thoroughly recanted it is in 1939 — because Blasting and Bombardiering already does some work in separating himself from English Fascists, and from Hitler and the Nazis.

Whatever the case, I’ll let you know what I find, and maybe we can have a chat about it? If there are any Lewis scholars out there I would absolutely love to hear your take on his politics — that’s not really my area of interest, though it is directly related.

Happy Sunday, Happy Summer, Happy Reading!


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