Work E-mail: smorelan@uOttawa.ca
Much of my research concerns how Anglo-American literature from the late eighteenth century through to the present is shaped by and responds to a variety 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. 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.
I’m on the editorial board for the journal The Edgar Allan Poe Review, am associate reviews editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and am the current Head of the Horror Literature Division for the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts.
I teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the English department.
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
The Call of Cosmic Panic: New Essays on Supernatural Horror in Literature, under review by Palgrave-MacMillan, projected publication 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
“EntroPoetics: Poe’s Gothic Materials,” The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, Oxford University Press, forthcoming early 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
“Webs Become Waves: Thoughts on Kiernan and the Weird,” A Tribute to Caitlin R. Kiernan, edited by S.T. Joshi, Centipede Press, forthcoming 2018.
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.
English 3341: Introduction to Eighteenth Century Literature
English 3171: Communication in the Information Age
English 3170: Writing for Digital Media
English 2450: Introduction to American Literature
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 1120: Introduction to Prose Fiction
English 1100: Essay Writing