Projekti / Projects

Race and Coming of Age Superhero Comics, TV & Film

The Ohio State University’s Project Narrative hosted their third Core Faculty Lecture by Dr. Frederick Aldama on Friday, 9 April 2021. The talk is titled “Race and Coming of Age Superhero Comics, TV & Film,” and it offers a sneak-peak into Aldama’s forthcoming Race and Coming of Age Superhero Comics, TV, & Film—a book that focuses on different types of worldbuilding as shaped by and through a series of coming of age characters of colour. Aldama unpacks how a series of bildung comic books create differently inflected ethnoracial pauses that wake reader-minds to the dazzlingly dynamic kinesis of consciousness of a panoply of teen protagonists of colour.

Courtesy of Project Narrative, the recorded talk is available here.

Professor Frederick Luis Aldama is a Distinguished University Professor, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar and Alumni Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is the 2019 recipient of the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award. He is the award-winning author, co-author and editor of 40 books. In 2018, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics won the International Latino Book Award and the Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work. He is editor and co-editor of eight academic press book series as well as editor of Latinographix, a trade-press series that publishes Latinx graphic fiction and nonfiction. He is creator of the first documentary on the history of Latinx superheroes in comics (Amazon Prime) and co-founder and director of SÕL-CON: Brown & Black Comix Expo. He is founder and director of the Obama White House award-winning LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research, as well as founder and co-director of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as well as faculty affiliation in the Department of Film Studies and the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. His children’s book, The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, was published in June 2020. He is currently working on an animation adaptation of The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, his graphic novel Labyrinths Borne, documentary films on Latinx comics and Latinx TV, two books on Latinx TV and two books on global comics, and curating nine different book series, including the trade press Latinographix with OSU Press.


Medieval Popular Culture: Life Stories

The Ohio State University’s Project Narrative, a cluster of faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students who work on narrative and narrative theory, hosted a Core Faculty Lecture by Core Faculty Member Dr. Karen Winstead on Friday, 12 March 2021.

Dr. Winstead’s talk titled “From Margaret the Dragon Slayer to Margery Kempe: Narrating Women’s Lives in 15th–Century England” explores how the fifteenth century was remarkable for its depth and range of narrative invention. Dr. Winstead looks at some of the extraordinary new ways that fifteenth–century authors developed to narrate life stories. Her focus is writings about women, from the legendary Saint Margaret, dragon slayer, to Margery Kempe, entrepreneur, mother of 14, visionary and traveler. She shows how narratology can help us appreciate the way lives were constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed in late medieval England. You can expect the unexpected, from runaway prologues to proto fan fiction to virtual realities.

Courtesy of Project Narrative, the recorded talk is available here.

Karen Winstead is professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she is also the director of Undergraduate Studies for the English department and a Core Faculty member of Project Narrative. Her research interests include medieval literature, popular culture, medievalism, narrative, life-writing, gender and sexuality. She has published four monographs: 15th–Century Lives, The Oxford History of Life-Writing, Volume 1: The Middle Ages, John Capgrave’s 15th Century, and Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England. She has also translated and edited medieval lives of various female saints, and she has published essays on Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe and appropriations of the Middle Ages in film and contemporary novels. Her teaching interests range from medieval literature to contemporary film and popular culture. She regularly teaches the Survey of British Literature to 1800, Special Topics in Women and Literature (“Medieval Women”), Special Topics in Film and Literature (“Monsters Without and Within”), Special Topics in Popular Culture (“Vampires”) and other topics in medieval literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2016 and 2019, she won the English Undergraduate Organization’s Professor of the Year award, and in 2020, she won the English Graduate Organization’s Professor of the Year award.