Frances McDonald

Assistant Professor
Email: fsmcdo01 @ louisville.edu
Phone:502-852-0986
Office Hours: Fall Term: MWF 2:00-3:00 or by appt.

Bio

Frances McDonald received her doctorate from Duke University and holds a Master’s in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century American literature and film, critical theory, and digital humanities. Abiding scholarly interests include avant-garde literature and cinema, science fiction, horror, affect theory, media studies, visual culture, and the relation between theory and practice. Her current book project examines the relationship between representations of laughter in postwar American literature and film, and the “cracking up” of the subject in poststructuralist theory. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literature and The Atlantic, among other venues. She is also co-editor of thresholds, a digital journal for critical/creative scholarship.

Courses Taught

Note: Credit may not be received for both 102 and 105. Open only to exceptionally qualified students who have been notified of their eligibility. Completion discharges the general education requirement for two terms of freshman composition. Extensive practice of writing and reading, with several assignments requiring research.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-322; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-322. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from 1960 to the present day. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: post 1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). An intensive study in the works of one or a small grouping of authors. May be repeated once for credit. Historical period varies by semester-see schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 300 or 310.. Study of selected theories for the interpretation of literary and other texts, from the New Criticism to the present.

 

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Research Interests

20C and 21C American literature and culture, film and film theory, digital humanities, critical and literary theory, science fiction and horror, avant-garde literature and cinema.