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Stephanie Graves

Instructor    Graduate Teaching Assistant

B.S., Theatrical Design, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
M.A., English, Middle Tennessee State University, 2014
Thesis: “The Estranged World: The Grotesque in Sofia Coppola’s Young Girls Trilogy”


Rhetoric, Film and Television Studies, Postmodernism, Gender and Queer Theory, Popular Culture


My research centers around a collection of themes spread across media types: the grotesque, the southern gothic, gender and sexuality, cultural constructions of identity, intertextuality and metatextuality, and cult media. Although I love literature, I’ve been working more with film and television as cultural signposts of the constructions of identity and community. My master’s thesis focused on the gendered grotesque in the films of Sofia Coppola, and I’ve found my background in theatrical design to be of particular use in examining and critically considering visual rhetoric in popular culture.


“Inscription and Subversion: The Cabin in the Woods and the Postmodern Horror Tradition.” Joss Whedon vs. the Horror Tradition: The Production of Genre in Buffy and Beyond, edited by Kristopher K. Woofter and Lorna Jowett, I.B. Tauris, 2018, pp. 123-140.

Justified: ‘The Promise.’” Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, edited by Douglas Howard and David Bianculli, Syracuse University Press, 2018.

“Book Review: The Marvel Studios Phenomenon: Inside a Transmedia Universe, Eds. Martin Flanagan et al.” Reviewed in Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 51, no. 3, June 2018, pp. 812-815.

“Episode Guide.” TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural. Eds. Stacey Abbot and David Lavery. Toronto: ECW, 2011.

“Southern Discomfort and the Ubiquitous Undead: Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, ed. by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner.” Book review. Reviewed in Dead Reckonings: A Review Magazine for the Horror Field. Spring 2017 (Vol. 21). 30-2.

“Girls will be Ghouls: Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction by June Pulliam.” Book review. Reviewed in Dead Reckonings: A Review Magazine for the Horror Field. Fall 2014 (Vol 16). 42-4.