Chera Kee

Chera Kee

Associate Professor
Film & Media Studies

ckee@wayne.edu

Room 10407, English Department, 5057 Woodward Ave.

Website(s)

https://cheradkee.wordpress.com/

Social media

twitter.com/bluecatzombie

Chera Kee

Department

English

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Film and Media Studies, Pop Culture, Fandom, Horror (especially zombie media), Race, and Gender

Research

Dr. Kee is currently working on her second book, an exploration of the zombie in comic books. Examining the ways in which zombiism and superheroic conventions intersect in comics, she argues that the zombie's early beginnings in action/adventure and superhero titles of the 1940s transformed the zombie in ways that are sill apparent today.

Education

  • Ph.D., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California (2011)
  • M.A., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California (2006)
  • A.M., Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University (2003)

Selected publications

Book

Not Your Average Zombie: Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks (University of Texas Press, September 2017).

Journal Articles, Essays, and Chapters

“If You Leave, You’ll Have to Work for a Living: Economic Fantasies of the Dissident Undead,” Interdisciplinary Approaches to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (2017): https://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/iasza/index.

“Poe Dameron Hurts So Prettily: How Fandom Negotiates with Transmedia Characterization,” NANO: New American Notes Online 12 (Dec. 2017): https://nanocrit.com/issues/issue12/Poe-Dameron-Hurts-So-Prettily-How- Fandom-Negotiates-with-Transmedia-Characterization.

"Good Girls Don't Date Dead Boys: Toying with Miscegenation in Zombie Films," The Journal of Popular Film and Television 42.4 (Dec. 2014): 176-185.

"Negotiated Seeing: Ghosts, Frauds, and the Empowered Spiritualist Spectator," The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, vol. 3, ed. Christopher M. Moreman (ABC-CLIO, 2013): 207-224.

"They are Not Men...They are Dead Bodies!': From Cannibal to Zombie and Back Again," Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human, eds. Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro (Fordham UP, 2011): 9-23.

Currently teaching

  • Fall 2020
    On Sabbatical

     

Courses taught

Fall 2011
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5060 Style and Genre in Film: Horror and Zombies

Winter 2012
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 8006 Seminar in Film and Media Studies: Mediated Bodies and Political Life

Fall 2012
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5070 Topics in Film and Media: Censorship

Winter 2013
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film

Fall 2013
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film

Winter 2014
On Sabbatical

Fall 2014
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 7053 Film and Media Genres: Gender and Horror

Winter 2015
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 7005 Film Theory

Fall 2015
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5992 Senior Seminar: Adaptation, Remediation and Transmedia Storytelling

Winter 2016
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5070 Topics in Film and Media: Asian Cinema

Fall 2016
ENG 5070 Topics in Film and Media: Zombie Media
ENG 8006 Seminar in Film and Media Studies: Mediated Bodies and Biopolitical Life

Winter 2017
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5070 Topics in Film and Media: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in American Media

Fall 2017
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5040 / ENG 7005 Film Theory

Winter 2018
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5992/ ENG 4991 Senior Seminar: Adaptation and Transmedia Storytelling

Fall 2018
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 5060 Film and Media Genres / ENG 7056 Comparative Media: Horror and Gender

Winter 2019
On Sabbatical

Fall 2019
ENG 2450 / COM 2010 Introduction to Film
ENG 8006 Seminar in Film and Media Studies: Textual Transcendence

Winter 2020
ENG 2470 Television Cultures
ENG 5065 Identity and Difference in Media: Asian Cinema

Fall 2020
On Sabbatical