Humann, Heather (PhD)
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EducationUniversity of Alabama, Ph.D. (2009)
University of Alabama, M.A. (2003)
University of Georgia, B.A. (1998)
Research and Teaching InterestsAmerican Literature and Composition
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).
- “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 & 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.