Joseph Sommers, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
Campus Address: Anspach 229


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


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

co- authored withTodd Comer Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. Print.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

“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.