Brittain Fellows

Phoebe Bronstein’s (PhD in English, University of Oregon; BA in English and History, UCLA) work focuses on intersections of race, gender, and the South in television between 1955 and 1980, the year of Reagan’s election. Her first book project, “Televising the South,” examines how the South functioned as a powerful force in television production, while examining how shifting representations of the region expose troubling national narratives about race and gender. Her work on the film Paradise Now has appeared in Jump Cut and her article on Andy Griffith was published in Camera Obscura (January 2015). She once co-wrote a book about ninjas (When Ninjas Attack) and blogs regularly about feminism and pop culture.

Valerie B. Johnson (PhD and MA in English, University of Rochester; BA in English and Italian, Smith College) seeks to challenge modern perceptions of medieval definitions of environment by uncoupling modern associations between land and nature to re-engage the extensive political, legal, and cultural connections between land and society that are characteristic of the medieval period. In addition to her interest in the connections between environment and culture as expressed in public poetry, she is also a specialist in Robin Hood studies, and is currently editing a collection of essays treating the roles of space and place within Robin Hood studies. Recent publications have focused upon the interactions between medievalism and eco theory, the gendered role of the greenwood within the Robin Hood tradition, and the role of the so-called "state of exception" in popular culture.

Caitlin L. Kelly (PhD in English, University of Missouri; MA in English, University of Tennessee; BA in English, University of Central Arkansas) focuses on literature and culture of the Long Eighteenth Century with further research interests in the novel and 19th-century British fiction. Her current research explores the relationship between religious devotion and gendered, physical space in the work of writers from Aphra Behn to Samuel Richardson to Mary Brunton. She also writes about and presents on pedagogical topics, particularly multimodal approaches to teaching 18th-century literature and culture.

Gabriel Lovatt (PhD in English, University of Georgia) studies nineteenth-century British literature and transatlantic modernism, with particular interest in the relationship between the two. Her research on the Historical Avant-garde considers how physical sites of collection, such as survey museums and archaeological excavations, shape literary innovation. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how the aesthetics of fin de siècle Decadence function as a precursor to the abstractions and experiments of twentieth-century modernism. Her work on China and modernism has been published in Journal of Modern Literature, and her essays are forthcoming in Victorian Poetry and Mosaic.

Clint Stivers (PhD in English, University of Tennessee; MA in English, Eastern Kentucky University; BA in Psychology and English, University of Kentucky) studies American cinema from 1967 to the present. His book project, “All Things Shining: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis of Terrence Malick’s Films,” uses the philosophy of Martin Heidegger to explore Malick’s distinctly “ontological” aesthetic; that is, one which attempts to provoke in viewers a reflexive questioning by juxtaposing contrary ideas, emotions, and filmic conventions and sustaining these contraries in a lasting, unresolved tension. It argues that Malick’s films hold such contraries unresolved to expose those incompatible American values and myths that Hollywood films repeatedly seem to reconcile and naturalize in an effort to confirm America’s belief in an idealized cultural self-image. Clint has taught Film and American Culture, The Hollywood Renaissance and The New Hollywood, and composition classes on gender in Hollywood films. He serves as the Assistant Director of Georgia Tech’s Communication Center.