Popular Culture Then and Now
Kirk Combe, Professor of English, published an article “Homeland Insecurity: Macho Globalization and Alien Blowback in ‘Monsters’” in The Journal of Popular Culture 48.5 (October 2015): 1010-1029. His article explores the hemispheric tension between the rich north and the poor south in that meditative and politically charged monster movie.
Combe also published a review essay titled “Staging Early Modern Women” in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 56:4 (Winter 2015): 507-510. In that piece, he considers representations of women on the London stage during the 18th century. Both articles demonstrate how the productions of popular culture are important texts to analyze for their social, political, and economic significance.