Brenna Wardell, Ph.D.

Brenna Wardell

(256) 765-5752
UNA Box 5050
Willingham Hall 108
Associate Professor, English

 Research & Teaching Fields:

Film and Television Studies, Gender Studies, British Literature (Renaissance and Long Eighteenth Century), Drama, Ecocriticism, Creative Writing

Institution Degree Year
Middlebury College B.A. 1988
University of California, Berkeley M.A. 1991
University of Oregon Ph.D. 2010

Edited Volumes

January 2019

“All the Better to Know You”: Investigating the Hybrid Monster and Allegories of Self/Other in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Joss Whedon vs. Horror: Fangs, Fans and Genres—Buffy and Beyond (I.B. Tauris). Ed. Kristopher Woofer.

March 2018

“Paint It Red (and Black and Blue…): How Director/Writer Joss Whedon and DP Jack N. Green Created the Bruised, Beautiful Look of Serenity.” Joss Whedon’s Big Damn Movie: Essays on Serenity (McFarland Press). Ed. Frederick Blichert..

November 2017

“The Geek as Rake: Roving Masculinity in Contemporary Film.” The Age of the Geek (Palgrave). Ed. Kathryn E. Lane.

December 2016

“The Murderer in the Garden: Something Rotten in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.” Critical Insights Film: Alfred Hitchcock (Salem Press). Ed. Douglas Cunningham.

November 2014

“‘Almost a Golden Glow around It’: the Filmic Nostalgia of Walt Disney’s Pollyanna (1960).” Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna: A Children’s Classic at 100 (University Press of Mississippi). Eds. Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola.

Refereed Journal Articles

June 2019

“Fooling With Fashion: Costume as Comic Catalyst in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.” Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies. 17.1 [49]. Winter/Spring 2019.

May 2018

“‘Fully loaded, safety off.  This here is a recipe for unpleasantness’: Joss Whedon, John Ford, and the Dark Side of the American Mythos.” Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. Issue 16.1 [47], Winter/Spring 2018.

Summer 2016

“Actors Assemble!: The Intertextual Pleasures of the Joss Whedon Ensemble.” Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association. Issue 14.2 [44], Summer 2016

June 2013

“Waste Not: Luis Buñuel Frames Space and Waste in The Phantom of Liberty.” The Cine-Files, Issue 4, Spring 2013. (special issue on mise-en-scène).

Other Publications

April 2020.

“Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang.” Alaska Wilderness League.

March 2019

Of Moose and Me: Animal Tales from an Alaskan Childhood. Corpus Callosum Press. March 2019.

 Courses Taught:

Senior Seminar, Film Authors (classes on the Coen Brothers, the Hollywood Renaissance, and Alfred Hitchcock), Film Theory, Film History, Introduction to Film Studies, World Cinema, Writing About Film, Special Topics: Primary and Archival Research Methods (London Study Abroad summer 2019), British Literature I and II, and Literature of the World I and II

  • EN491W: Senior Seminar
  • EN 396W: Writing about Film
  • EN 395: World Cinema
  • EN 394: Perspectives in European Film
  • EN 391: Film Authors
  • EN 315: History of Film (in-person and online)
  • EN 309: Film Theory and Criticism
  • EN 307: Introduction to Film Studies
  • EN 231: Literature of the World I
  • EN 232: Literature of the World II
  • EN 211: Survey of English Literature I
  • EN 212: Survey of English Literature II
  • EN 111: First-Year Composition I    
  • COM 133: Cinema Appreciation (online)