​​Position: Associate Professor Joseph M. Sommers
Department: English Language and Literature
Campus Address: Anspach 229
Email: somme1jm@cmich.edu


ENG 101, 141, 201, 323, 324, 381, 482, 580, 582, 681,
HON 321 

HON Study Abroad
HON Comics Study Abroad
Harry Potter Study Abroad

Area(s) of Expertise

Children's and Young Adult Literature, Popular Culture, Illustrated Texts (Comics, Graphic Novels & Picture Books), Late-Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty First-Century Literature and Culture, Bakhtinian /Narrative Theory, Walt Whitman
Degrees and Universities
Ph.D. English, University of Kansas, May 2007
Specialties: Children’s and Adolescent Literature/ American Literature

M.A. English, Marquette University, May 2002
Specialties: British/American Literature

B.S.E. Secondary English Education, Missouri Western State University, May 2000

B.A. Writing-Intensive English Journalism, Marquette University, May 1998
Recent publications


The American Comic Book. Jefferson, NY: Grey House Press, 2014. Print.

Co-authored with Gretchen Papazian Game On, Hollywood: The Intersection of Video Games and Movies. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. Print.

Co- authored with Todd Comer Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. Print.

Articles and Book Chapters

When Comic Books Became Everything but Simply Books ...And the Fans
Took Over the World (or at least San Diego)." The American Comic Book. Ed. By Joseph Michael Sommers. Jefferson, NY: Grey House Press, 2014 Print.

"Negotiating Popular Genres in Comic Books: An Impossible Mission. Against All Odds. Yet, Somehow, The Chapter is Saved!" The American Comic Book. Ed. By Joseph Michael Sommers. Jefferson, NY: Grey House Press, 2014 Print.

"The Journey Back: Whereupon There Are No Heroes With Whom to Identify." First Opinions, Second Reactions. 2 (2013) Web. 19 August 2014.

"The Phoenix and The Fireman: Dialogistic Inversion In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451." Critical Insights on Fahrenheit 451. Ed. By Rafeeq McGiveron. NY: Grey House Publishing. 2013. 50-61. Print. 

“Manifest Narrativity: Video Games, Movies, and Art and Adaptation,”  Game On, Hollywood: The Intersection of Video Games and Movies. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 8-19. Print.

“C. S. Lewis’ Manifold Mythopoeics: Towards a Reconsideration of Eschatological Time in the Construction of  the Post-World Wars Fantasy Novel for Children,” New Casebooks – C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of  Narnia Ed. By Lance Wendy and Michelle Abate. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 90-112. Print.

“The Traumatic Revision of Marvel’s Spider-Man: From 1960s Dime-Store Comic Book  to Post-9/11 Moody  Multi-Billion Dollar Motion Picture Franchise.“ Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 37 (Summer  2012) 188-209. Print.

“Lost in the Revolution: The Polarizing of Alan Moore’s Sexual Politics,” Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 5-15. Print.

"When ‘One Bad Day’ Becomes One Dark Knight: Love, Madness and Obsession in the Adaptation of The Killing Joke into Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight,” Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 40-51. Print.

“Crooked Appalachia: The Laughter of the Melungeon Witches Contextualized within the Outsider Mythos of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy.“ Comics and the American South. Ed. Brannon Costello and Qiana Whitted. U Mississippi P (2011) 214-241. Print.

Co-authored with Amy Hume.  “The Other Edward: Twilight’s Queer Construction of the Vampire as an Idealized Teenage Boyfriend.” Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Ed. By Giselle Anatol. NY: Palgrave. 2011 153-68. Print.

“Godey’s Lady’s Book: Sarah Hale and the Construction of a Sentimental Nationalism” College Literature 37 (Summer 2010) 43-62. Print.

“’Are You There, Reader? It’s Me, Margaret’: A Reconsideration of Judy Blume’s Prose as Sororal Dialogism." Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 33 (Fall 2008) 258-279. Print.