Past Issues

Volume 3: “Freak Shows & Human Zoos” (2016)

The third Digital Literature Review publication features the theme of “Freak Shows and Human Zoos.” The critical essays within the journal examine scholarly issues pertaining to Freak Theory, Disability Studies, and the exhibition of the human body from a wide variety of perspectives.

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Cultural Histories:

Exhibit or Human?: Analysis on the Life of the Aztec Children
Cassandra Grosh, Sarah Keck, and Isabel Vazquez

The First of its Kind: A Cultural History of the Village Nègre
Lauren Cross, Lauren Seitz and Shannon Walter

“What am I?”: Nineteenth-Century Medical Science, Intersexuality, and Freakification in the Life of Karl Hohmann
Jessica Carducci, Allison Haste, and Bryce Longenberger

Kinderbrutanstalt and Kindchenschema: The Child Hatchery and the Psychology of Cute
Nikole Darnell, Kathryn Hampshire, and Amory Orchard


Gender Performance: From the Freak Show to Modern Drag
Olivia Germann

Normal versus Freak: The Issue of Staring in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Classic American Freak Show
Nikole Darnell

Freaks and Magic: The Freakification of Magical Creatures inHarry Potter
Cassandra Grosh

Kidnapped Amazonians, Severed Breasts, and Witches: Renaissance Perceptions of the Destructive Nature of the Freakish Female in Spenser’s The Bower of Bliss and Shakespeare’s Two Noble Kinsmen
Laken Brooks

“Man’s Hatred Has Made Me So”: Freakification and the Shifting Gaze in The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Kathryn Hampshire

A Freak Show in District 9: The Construction of a Freak Amongst Aliens
Jessica Carducci

Princesses or Monsters?: An Analysis of the Role of the Freak Show in Toddlers & Tiaras
Lauren Seitz

The Unseen Fat Woman: Fatness, Stigma, and Invisibility in Mrs. Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory
Bryce Longenberger

Beyond Bars: How Print and Visual Media Contributed to the Exploitation of the Dionne Quintuplets and the Gosselin Sextuplets
Amory Orchard


Volume 2: “Slavery Now” (2015)

The chosen theme for the second issue of the Digital Literature Review was “Slavery Now.” The issue examined the complexity of slavery in a modern context from the perspective of a wide range of academic disciplines, including criminal justice, philosophy, anthropology, and literary studies.

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Critical Film Guides:

Reviewing the Critical Conversations About Django Unchained
Daniel Brount, Mercadies Brown, & Alex Selvey

A Critical Introduction to 12 Years a Slave
Esther Wolfe, Kathryn Hampshire, Ramona Simmons, & Bryce Longenberger


The Opposing Viewpoints of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Poetry: An Anthology
Madison Yeary


Children in Chains: On the Productive and Exploitative Tendencies of Representation in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Kathryn Hampshire

Speaking the Lacuna: The Archaeology of Plantation Slavery as Testimony
Esther Wolfe

The Desensitization to Violence and the Perpetuation of Oppression and Slavery in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger GamesTrilogy
Bryce Longenberger

The Power of Language in and Following Moments of Trauma: An Analysis of A Stolen Life
Morgan Aprill

Hidden Slave Narratives: The Power of Empathy in Children’s Literature
Elisabeth Wilkes

The Human Zoo: A Critique of Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B
Mercadies Brown


Volume 1: Historical Hauntings & Modern-Day Manifestations (2014)

This issue explored historical and contemporary representations of ghosts and haunting from a range of critical perspectives, including sociology, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, film theory, gender and queer studies. In the articles included in this edition, authors analyzed representations of ghosts and haunting, exploring what the study of ghosts and haunting can reveal about our historical and contemporary contexts, including historical trauma, cultural anxieties, and the representation of marginalized narratives and lives.

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Critical Editions:

Multilayered Specter, Multifaceted Presence: A Critical Edition of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Tomb”
Edited by Shelby Hatfield, Rebekah Hobbs, & Jared Lynch

Dead End Job: A Critical Edition of “The Transferred Ghost” by Frank Stockton
Edited by Jackson Eflin, Wendy Faunce, & Brittany Means

The Peasant Ghost: A Critical Edition of “The Ghost of Sakura” as Adapted by A.B. Mitford
Edited by Kameron McBride & Jordan Meyer

Shadows and Specters: A Critical Edition of “The Shadow in the Corner” by M.E. Braddon
Edited by Rachael Heffner, Elizabeth Palmer, Malorie Palmer, & Esther Wolfe

Ghostly Hands: A Critical Edition of Henry James’s “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes”
Edited by Morgan Aprill & Lauren Lutz

Ghosts of Loss: Christina Rossetti’s Haunted Poetry
Edited by Ruth Weller-Passman, Mackenzie Fluharty, & Ashley Starling


Cultural Incursion into Wendigo Territory
Jackson Eflin

Spells, Spirits, and Charms in the Harlem Renaissance
Jamie Battaglia

With Our Bloody Past: Repression vs. Recognition of American History in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
Kameron McBride

“Except That the Haunted, Hidden Thing Was Me”: Ghostly Matters and Transsexual Haunting
Esther Wolfe

Resurfacing Specters in the House of Media: The Ghosts of Columbine in American Horror Story: Murder House
Jared Lynch

Place to Mourn: Why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is Crucial to American Healing
Rebekah Hobbs

Beware the House that Feels: The Impact of Sentient House Hauntings on Literary Families
Ashley Starling

Home in Babel: The Language of Hyperreality in the Immigrant Narrative
Abigail Shachar

The Spirit of a Thought in a Fictional World: Summoning Ghosts to the Stage
Ruth Weller-Passman