In Media Res: Much ado about Joss Whedon

Critics are struggling to find ways to collaborate on meaningful scholarship using the internet as a functional platform. The media commons project known as In Media Res is one of the rare burgeoning successes on this front. Dedicated to  experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship, their goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media.

Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. And this week is thematically titled “Much Ado About Joss Whedon” (September 30 – October 4), organized by Maria Boyd from Georgia State University. It’s all about Whedon and Shakespeare and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, September 30, 2013 – Leora Hadas (University of Nottingham) presents: Authorship in promotional surround: The Shakespearean and the Whedonesque
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – Taylor Boulware (University of Washington) presents: Race, Passing, and Lynching: Angel’s “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been”
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – Maria Sulimma (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen/ FU Berlin) presents: The Fanboy next Door: Whedon and his Appeal to self-professed Geeks
  • Thursday, October 3, 2013 – Casey McCormick (McGill University) presents: That Whedony Feeling
  • Friday, October 4, 2013 – Roxanne Samer (University of Southern California) presents: Dollhouse and Echo(e)s of Future Queerness

For more information about this sequence and other In Media Res project, check out

“Mankind” review out today with Shakespeare Bulletin

Hi, all.

As I mentioned eariler this summer, I have another review out in the most recent edition of Shakespeare Bulletin. I have published with them in the past on The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, and Othello. Out today is of a dinner theatre staging of Mankind, the medieval morality play often taught but rarely staged. (A gallery of production photos available here.) You’ll need access to Project Muse to read them, or you can order the print journal online:

Mankind (review).” Shakespeare Bulletin 31, no. 3 (September 2013): 558–62. Project MUSE. Web. 17 September 2013. doi: 10.1353/shb.2013.0054.

A very good start to fall. I hope you enjoy it!