Todd Comer, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Program: English

Phone: 419-783-2348

Email: tcomer@defiance.edu

Websites: toddcomer.comHumanities Common

Todd Comer

TEACHING INTERESTS

Rhetoric and writing, 20th and 21st century American and British literature(s), science fiction, disability studies, ecocriticism, postmodern and postcolonial theory, digital humanities, popular music, comics, television, film

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

Disability studies, ecocriticism (the study of nature in/and culture)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Review board, Review of Disability: An International Journal, 2017-2020
Co-editor, "Disability Studies and Ecocriticism: Critical and Creative Intersections." Studies in the Humanities, 2019
Book review editor, Studies in the Humanities, 2014-Present
Editorial board, Studies in the Humanities, 2012-Present

PUBLICATIONS

Terror and the Cinematic Sublime: Essays on Violence and the Unpresentable in Post-9/11 Films (edited collection with Dr. Isaac Vayo. McFarland, 2013).

Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels (edited collection with Dr. Joseph Michael Sommers. McFarland, 2012).

What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance (edited collection, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

"The Domestic Politics of Disability in Octavia Butler's Kindred." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, 48.1 (Winter 2018).

"The Disabled Hero: Being and Ethics in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings." Mythlore, 35.1 (Fall 2016).

"A Mortal Agency: Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds." Journal of Modern Literature, 31.2 (2008).

"Playing at Birth: Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, 35.2 (2006).

"This Aggression Will Not Stand: Myth, War, and Ethics in The Big Lebowski." SubStance, a review of theory and literary criticism, 34.2 (2005).

"Pacifism as Ideological Complicity in The Big Lebowski." Reconstruction, 7.3 (2007).

"The Hidden Architecture of Disability: Chris Ware's Building Stories" in Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives. Chris Foss, Zach Whalen, Jonathan Gray, eds. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.

"Being Singular Plural on Main Street," introduction to What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance. Comer, editor. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.

"The Indigestibility of the World; or, Birthing the Posthuman in Spielberg's A.I.," in Terror and the Cinematic Sublime: Essays on Violence and the Unpresentable in Post-9/11 Films. Comer and Vayo, editors. McFarland, 2013.

"There’s Got To Be a Mourning, After: Terror and the (Post)Cinematic Sublime," introduction (with Dr. Isaac Vayo) to Terror and the Cinematic Sublime: Essays on Violence and the Unpresentable in Post-9/11 Films. Comer and Vayo, editors. McFarland, 2013.

"Body Politics: Unearthing an Embodied Ethics in V for Vendetta," a chapter in Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels. Comer and Sommers, editors. McFarland, 2012.

"The Polarizing of Alan Moore’s Sexual Politics," introduction (with Joseph Sommers) to Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels. Comer and Sommers, editors. McFarland, 2012.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Disability, Ontology, Nature: Peter Weir's Fearless." Annual conference for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. June 20-24, 2017. Detroit, MI.

Keynote address: "Birth and the Mourning After: Post-humanism." Beyond the Body: Explorations in Post-humanism and Trans-humanism. SAGES Conference. March 16, 2017. Akron, OH.

"Back in Time: Peter Weir’s Mosquito Coast." The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies. April 1-3, 2016. Bowling Green, OH.

"Gender, Ecology, and the Enlightenment Project in Peter Weir's Mosquito Coast." Midwest Modern Language Association. Nov. 12-15, 2015. Columbus, OH.

"Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of Ecological Awareness." Midwest Popular Culture Association. Oct. 1-4, 2015. Cincinnati, OH.

"Peter Weir's Ecological Politics: Two Feints, One Palpable Hit," in Green Narratives and Eco-Practice: Politics, Culture, and Environment. Midwest Popular Culture Association. Oct. 3-5, 2014. Indianapolis, IN.

"The Disabled Hero: The Ethics of the Wound in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. April 16-19, 2014. Chicago, ILL.

"Dilating Fixity: Pacific Rim, and the Erasure of Birth." Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies. Feb. 21-23, 2014. Bowling Green, OH.

"Say something, goddammit! You're on television!" The Work of Mourning in The Truman Show. Midwest Popular Culture Association. Oct. 11-13, 2013. St. Louis, MO.

"Being Singular Plural on Main Street: Toward a Local Politics." Battleground States Conference. Feb. 22-2, 2013. Bowling Green OH.

"Terrence Malick's Tree of Life: Grace and the General Economy." Midwest Modern Language Association. Nov. 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, OH.

"Biopower and Agency in Spielberg's Minority Report." Battleground States Conference. Feb. 23-26, 2012. Bowling Green, OH.

ACADEMIC DEGREES

Ph.D. in English, Michigan State University
M.A. in English, Michigan State University