EducationToggle EducationUniversity of Alabama, Ph.D. (2009)
University of Alabama, M.A. (2003)
University of Georgia, B.A. (1998)
Research and Teaching InterestsToggle Research and Teaching InterestsAmerican Literature and Composition
Courses OfferedToggle Courses OfferedComposition, Creative Writing, Drama of the U.S.
- Reality Simulation in Science Fiction Literature, Television and Film (McFarland 2019).
- Another Me: The Doppelgänger in 21st Century Fiction, Television and Film (McFarland, 2018)
- Gender Bending Detective Fiction: A Critical Analysis of Selected Works (McFarland, 2017)
- Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2014)
- “Mixed Reality, the Female Body, and Represented Worlds in WomanontheEdgeofTime and SuckerPunch.” CinematicCodesReview Volume III, Issue 2 (Summer 2018): 42-53.
- “Playing with Narrative Technique, Pushing Generic Boundaries: Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go.” Clues: A Journal of Detection Volume 36, Issue 1 (Spring 2018): 41-47.
- “DonnaTartt’s‘DetectiveFiction.’” Florida Studies Review (2018): 119-128.
- “Technology and the Post-Human Body in Fringe and Terminator: Salvation.” Post ScriptumJournal Issue 23 (December 2017).
- “‘A Good and Necessary Thing’: Genre and Justice in Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Other Stories.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory Volume 19, Issue 4 (Fall 2017): 517-528.
- “Nachträglichkeit and‘Narrative Time’ in Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Pennsylvania Literary Journal Volume IX, Issue 2 (Summer 2017): 85-97.
- “BBC America’s Orphan Black: Clones and Cultural Anxieties at the Intersection of Quality and Cult Television.” Americana Volume XII, Issue 2 (Fall 2016).
- “Multiple Selves: Representations of Twins, Doubles, and Doppelgängers in Contemporary Television Programming.” Studies in American Culture Volume 38, Issue 1 (October 2015): 41-62.
- “Family and Violence in Love.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Volume 43, Issue 2 (February 2014): 246-262.
- “Domestic Violence, Child Agency, and the Adolescent Perspective in Joyce Carol Oates’s Freaky Green Eyes.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Volume 38, Issue 1 (January 2013): 84-93.
- “Body Politics in Corregidora.” Atenea: A Bilingual Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences Volume 31, Issue 1-2 (December 2011): 9-19.
- “Gender and Genre in Mickey Spillane’s Vengeance Is Mine! (1950).” Clues: A Journal of Detection Volume 29, Issue 2 (Fall 2011): 66-72.
- “Close (d) to God, Negotiating a Moral Terrain: Questions of Agency and Selfhood in The Road and Sophie’s Choice.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Volume 12, Issue 1 (Fall 2010): 63-77.
- “The Meaning of Freedom: Human Rights in V.S. Naipaul’s ‘One out of Many.’” South AtlanticReview Volume 75, Issue 2 (Spring 2010): 77-83.
- “The (Trans) Formation of Abusive Relationships: Representations of Domestic Violence in Joyce Carol Oates’s Solstice and Freaky Green Eyes.”Journal of the Institute of Justiceand International Studies Volume 9 (Fall 2009): 124-130.
- “The Question of Mercy: Gender and Commodification in Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘Two Sisters.’” Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2004): 125-136.
- “Bigotry, Breast Milk, Bric-a-Brac, a Baby, and a Bit in Beloved: Toni Morrison’s Portrayal of Racism and Hegemony.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Volume 6, Issue 1 (Fall 2004): 60-78.
Essays in Edited Collections:
- “‘Digging for Fire’: 1990’s Nostalgia and The Pixies.” Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations that Changed Their Lives. Edited by Elizabeth Searle and Tamra Wilson. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Publishers, 2018: 198-201.
- “Ethics, Technology, and the Post-Human Body.” Future Humans in Fiction and Film. Edited by Louisa MacKay Demerjian and Karen F. Stein. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018: 159-179.
- “Timely…or Timeless? Teaching the Twilight Saga.” The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead. Edited by Lisa Nevarez. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Publishers, 2014: 136-145.
- “What a Drag: Lady Gaga, Jo Calderone, and the Politics of Representation.” The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga. Edited by Richard J. Gray II. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Publishers, 2012: 74-84.
- “Genre in/and Wright’s Native Son.” Richard Wright’s Native Son. Edited by Ana Maria Fraile. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi Press, 2007: 143-156.
- “Feminist and Material Concerns: Lil’ Kim, Destiny’s Child, and Questions of Consciousness.” Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology. Edited by Gwendolyn D. Pough, et al. Mira Loma, California: Parker Publishing, 2007: 94-105.
- “Hands.” The Literary Nest Volume 1, Issue 3 (October 2015).
- “She Wishes Me Away to the Cornfield.” Wordriver Literary Review Volume 4 (Spring 2012): 19-22.
- “The Crowded Office.” storySouth (Summer 2003).
Conference PresentationsToggle Conference Presentations
- “Genre and Narrative Technique in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference (SSAWW 2018), Denver, Colorado, November 7-11, 2018.
- “Doppelgängers and Contemporary Political Debates in Starz’s Counterpart.” 90th Annual SAMLA Convention, Birmingham, Alabama, November 2-4, 2018.
- “Gender and Detection in Mark SaFranko’s The Suicide.” 89th Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 3-5, 2017.
- “The Ethics of (Im) Mortality: Technology and the Post-Human Body in Fringe and Terminator: Salvation.” “Figures of the Immortal,” Annual Conference of the Post Scriptum journal, University of Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 27th-28th, 2017
- “Nachträglichkeit and ‘Narrative Time’ in Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Florida College English Association (FCEA) Annual Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 12-15, 2016.
- “Genre and the Imaginary in Donna Tartt’s ‘Detective’ Fiction.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature: The South in the North Conference, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, March 10-12, 2016.
- “Genre in Bloodchild and Other Stories.” Octavia E. Butler Conference: Celebrating Letters, Life, and Legacy, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, February 26-28, 2016.
- “The Multiplicity Motif and IVF Effect in Orphan Black: Redefining Identity in the Digital Age.” PCA-ACA 2015 Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1-4, 2015.
- “Vigilante Justice, Vendettas, and Villainy in Post 9/11 Popular Culture.” 86th Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-9, 2014.
- "Domestic Violence through A Science Fiction Lens: Octavia Butler’s Seed to Harvest.” PCA-ACA 2014 Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 16-19, 2014.
- “Political Power and Pandemonium in Panem: Teaching The Hunger Games Trilogy in the Context of Totalitarian Literature.” 85th Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 8-10, 2013.
- “‘There are Many Copies’: The Multiplicity Motif in Battlestar Galactica.” Forms of Life Conference, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama, April 12-13, 2013.
- “Out of Body, Out of Mind, Out of Time: Mixed Reality, the Female Body, and Represented Worlds.” 84th Annual SAMLA Convention, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012.
- “Langston Hughes and the Politics of Protest.” 83rd Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 4-6, 2011.
- “‘Treading in the Steps Already Marked’: Teaching the Post-Human." PCA-ACA 2011 Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 20-23, 2011.
- “Close (d) to God, Negotiating a Moral Terrain: Questions of Agency and Selfhood in The Road and Sophie’s Choice.” 82nd Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 5-7, 2010.
- “Bastard out of Carolina: Race, Region, and Domestic Abuse.” ACETA: 62nd Annual Conference: Step into the River: Tradition and Innovation in English Studies. University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama, February 26-27, 2010.
- “The Meaning of Freedom: Human Rights in/and V.S. Naipaul’s ‘One Out of Many.’” 81st Annual SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 6-8, 2009.
- “Gender and Genre in Mickey Spillane’s Vengeance is Mine.” 2009 Georgia Philological Association, Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, Georgia, April 3, 2009.
- “Body Politics in Corregidora.” ACLA 2009: Global Languages, Local Cultures, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 27, 2009.
- “Transformation and Testimony: The Female Body in Corregidora.” Graduate Student Association’s 12th Annual Research and Thesis Conference, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 7, 2009.
- "‘Saved’ or ‘Ruined’ by Marriage? Marriage and Mayhem in Hardy, Lawrence, and Lessing’s Shorter Fiction.” 80th Annual SAMLA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-9, 2008.
- “Domestic Space in The Handmaid’s Tale.” 80th Annual SAMLA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, November 7-9, 2008.
- “The (Trans) Formation of Abusive Relationships: Representations of Domestic Violence in Joyce Carol Oates’s Solstice and Freaky Green Eyes.” Crime and Popular Culture: A Multi-Disciplinary Exploration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, October 28-30, 2008.
- “Genre in/and Wright’s Native Son.” The International Richard Wright Centennial Conference, American University-Paris, Paris, France, June 20, 2008.
- “J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace: Control and Transformation.” English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD), Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, April 6, 2002.
Grants & AwardsToggle Grants & Awards
- Florida Gulf Coast University Library’s Author Series, January 2019 Honoree (for Another Me: The Doppelgänger 21st Century Fiction, Television and Film)
- Recommended Nonfiction Book, American Library Association’s “Over the Rainbow” Recommended Book List, 2018 (for Gender Bending Detective Fiction)
- Florida Gulf Coast University Library’s Author Series, Summer 2017 Honoree (for Gender Bending Detective Fiction)
- University of Alabama, Mini-Grant for “Researching the Impact of Innovative Practices on Student Learning" (2012)
- The Peter Rollins Grant for Early-Career Faculty, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (2011)
Dr. Heather Duerre Humann is the author of three books, Domestic Abuse in the Novels of African American Women: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2014), Gender Bending Detective Fiction: A Critical Analysis of Selected Works (McFarland, 2017), and Another Me: The Doppelgänger in 21st Century Fiction, Television and Film(McFarland, 2018). She is currently on the Editorial Board of two peer-reviewed journals, Margaret Atwood Studies and Studies in American Culture.