Department of English
546 Denney Hall
The Ohio State University
164 Annie & John Glenn Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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Current Classes

English 3364 True Crime

This course will study the long and varied tradition of true crime literature across numerous media including confessional narratives, fiction, comics, pulps, memoirs, and tv. Beginning with the tales of witches and sexual vandals that so captivated their 17th-century audiences, to Victorian serial murderers like Jack the Ripper, to modern celebrity crimes and criminals, we will ask why writers and readers so often turn to blood, violence, and malfeasance as the stuff of entertainment.
This course will study the history of Disney from its founding in 1923 as a small animation studio in a Hollywood dominated by major studios to its emergence in the 21st century as the world’s most profitable global media conglomerate. Along with analysis of film, television, and other media texts, the course will engage heavily with film history (including studio and industry history), media history, and popular culture studies from 1920s-2020, considering not only Disney’s own theatrical output but also the wide range of media that the company has acquired and developed, including Pixar, the Star Wars franchise, and of course the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The launching of the new Disney+ streaming platform will also provide us with an occasion to consider the state (and future) of transmedia storytelling and media circulation in the new age of the horizontally integrated “studio.”

Recent Classes

Spring 2020
Introduction to Comics Studies
Spring 2020
Seminar in Film & Media Studies
Autumn 2019
Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
Autumn 2019
Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
Spring 2019
Studies in Graphic Narrative:
Comics, History, & Time
Spring 2019
Special Topics in Film:
Hollywood in the 70s
Autumn 2018
Introduction to Graduate Study in Film & Film Theory
Autumn 2018
Studies in Science Fiction: FutureNow
Spring 2018
Narrative and Medicine
Spring 2018
Special Topics in Popular Culture Studies:
History of the Comic Book in the U.S.
Autumn 2017
Colonial & U.S. Literature to 1865
Spring 2017
Studies in Graphic Narrative:
Graphic Medicine
Spring 2017
New Waves:
U.S. Science Fiction in the 60s and 70s
Autumn 2016
Special Topics in Popular Culture Studies:
History of Newspaper Comics in the US, 1895-2016
Autumn 2016
Special Topics in Colonial and Early National Literature of the U.S.:
Early American Gothic