Work E-mail: smorelan@uOttawa.ca
Much of my research concerns how transatlantic English-language literature from the late eighteenth century through to the present is shaped by, responds to and bolsters a range of affective and aesthetic theories. It often explores relationships between literature and other media, including film/television, sequential narrative art (comics/graphic novels and related forms) and newer forms of digital-age folklore and storytelling. I am in the midst of a monograph, tentatively titled Repulsive Influences: 350 Years of Cosmic Horror, which examines how horror fictions since the early modern period have interwoven with the reception of Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura in shaping popular anxieties about materialism, mortality and madness.
My lifelong enthusiasm for Gothic, horror, and weird fiction frequently infiltrates my research, and I occasionally blog or conduct interviews about these subjects at www.pstdarkness.com.
As a contract professor (APTPUO) on a long-term term appointment (LTA), I teach a wide variety of undergraduate courses.
2008 – Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa
2001 – M.A., English, Carleton University
1999 – B.A. Honours, English, Carleton University
Fields of Interest
Literature, aesthetics and affective theory
Transatlantic Romantic studies
Literature and/in sequential art, film and digital media
Gothic, horror and weird fiction
Edited Collections and Journal Issues
New Directions in Supernatural Horror: The Critical Legacy of H.P. Lovecraft, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018.
The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on Influence, Reception, Interpretation and Transformation, Lehigh University Press/Rowman-Littlefield, 2017.
Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors, co-edited with Dr. Markus Bohlmann, McFarland, 2015.
Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror, co-edited with Dr. Aalya Ahmad, McFarland, 2013.
The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Fall 2012, special guest-edited issue “Theory Mad Beyond Redemption: The Post-Kantian Poe,” co-edited with Drs. Devin Z. Shaw and Jonathan W.D. Murphy.
Refereed Articles/Book Chapters
“Some Power Unseen: Gothic Agency, God and Creation in John Mason Good’s Lucretius,” Making and Unmaking Memory, Routledge, 2021.
“Dark Turns and Exhalations: Stephen King’s Sidesteps into Childness,” co-authored with Markus Bohlmann, Red Feather: An International Journal of Children in Popular Culture, Studies, 2020.
“Corinthian Echoes: Gaiman, Kiernan and the Queer Sadomodernist Gothic of The Dreaming,” Humanities Open Access Journal, 2020.
“‘The Plastic and Prolific Creature:’ Macranthropic Monstrosity in Good’s Lucretius and Shelley’s Frankenstein,” Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, 2020.
“Stages of the Spiral: Lovecraft’s Descent into the Maelstrom,” Lovecraftian Proceedings Vol. 3, Hippocampus Press, 2019.
“Ancestral Piles: Poe’s Gothic Materials,” The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, Oxford University Press, 2019.
“The Birth of Cosmic Horror from the S(ub)lime of Lucretius,” New Directions in Supernatural Horror, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018.
“Misfit Morella: The Sources and Influence of Poe’s Possessed-Child Narrative,” Misfit Children: Enquiries into Childhood Belonging, Lexington Press, 2017.
“The Poet’s Nightmare: The Nature of Things According to Lovecraft,” NecronomiCon Proceedings, Vol.2, Hippocampus Press, 2017.
“Not like any thing of ours:” Waking (to) Poe and Lovecraft in Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl,” The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on Influence, Reception, Interpretation and Transformation, Lehigh University Press, 2017.
“Beyond ‘De Rerum Naturâ, Esqr:’ Lucretius, Poe, and John Mason Good,” The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Spring, 2016.
“If you rip the fronts off houses: Killing innocence in Shadow of a Doubt,” co-authored with Dr. Markus Bohlmann, Hitchcock’s Children, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2015.
“Contagious Characters: Cronenberg's Rabid, Demarbre's Smash Cut and the reframing of porn-fame,” Terror of the Soul: Essays on Canadian Horror Film, University of Toronto Press, 2015.
“‘Torture[d] into Aught of the Sublime’: Poe's Fall of the House of Burke, Ussher, and Kant,” Deciphering Poe, Lehigh University Press, 2013.
“‘As urged by Schelling’: Schelling's Philosophy of Art and Poe's Critical and Fictional Practice,” Co-authored with Dr. Devin Z. Shaw, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Fall 2012.
Other non-fiction/scholarly publications
Numerous entries including “Cosmic and Weird Horror,” “Horror in the Eighteenth Century,” and “Horror Literature as Social Criticism and Commentary,” Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears, ABC-Clio, 2017.
“What’s Gotten Into You? Spirit Possession, Mental Illness and the Movies,” Mental Illness in Popular Culture, ABC-Clio, 2017.
“Occupied America(ns): an analysis of contemporary trends in American Possession-Horror Films,” A History of Evil in American Pop Culture, ABC-Clio, 2014.
“Re-Opening the case of the woman possessed: Contemporary Bollywood re-inventions of the occult possession film,” co-authored with Dr. Summer Pervez, Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror, McFarland, 2013.
“Shambling Toward Mount Improbable to be Born: American Evolutionary Anxiety in Matheson's I Am Legend and Romero's Dead Films,” Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Contemporary Culture, McFarland, 2011.
“Becoming-Death: The Lollywood Gothic of Khwaja Sarfraz’s Zinda Laash,” co-authored with Dr. Summer Pervez, Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture, Scarecrow Press (Rowman and Littlefield), 2009.
Communications 3101: Cinema, Nation and Identity
English 3378: Modern American Fiction
English 3377: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
English 3375: Critical Theory
English 3341: Introduction to Eighteenth Century Literature
English 3171: Communication in the Information Age
English 3170: Writing for Digital Media
English 3108: Transatlantic Literatures 1700-1900
English 2136: The Fiction of Horror
English 2133: Literature and Psychology
English 2131: Fantasy, Myth and Language
English 2118: Comic Books and Graphic Novels
English 2116: Writing Out – Literature and Sexual Identity
English 2104: Introduction to American Literature II
English 2103: Introduction to American Literature I
English 1120: Introduction to Prose Fiction