Faculty Profile for Whitney Shylee May
Biography and EducationWhitney S. May, MA, is a lecturer for the Department of English at Texas State University and a doctoral student in the American Studies program at the University of Texas. Her primary research interests include the Gothic and nineteenth-century horror literature, as well as depictions of the carnivalesque in horror fiction and in popular culture. Her recent work has been published in Gothic Studies, Supernatural Studies, and The Edgar Allan Poe Review, as well as Representing Kink: Fringe Sexuality and Textuality in Literature, Digital Narrative, and Popular Culture (Lexington Books, 2019) and Circus Space: The Big Top on the Big Screen (McFarland Press, 2020).
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- May, W. S. (n.d.). The Doppelgänger and Temporal Modernist Terror in Dracula. Gothic Studies, 23(1), 60–76. https://doi.org/10.3366/gothic.2021.0078
- May, W. S. (2020). The Lioness and the Protector: The (Post)Feminist Dialogic of Tamora Pierce’s Lady Knights. Children’s Literature, 48, 51–79.
- May, W. S. (2020). The Technology of Anguish: (Re)Imagining Post-9/11 Trauma in Tamora Pierce’s Fantasy Universes. In Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma (pp. 229–244). Abingdon-on-Thames, The United Kingdom: Routledge.
- May, W. S. (2020). Spectrality and Spectatorship: Heterotopic Doubling in Cinematic Circuses. In The Big Top on the Big Screen: Explorations of the Circus on Film (pp. 31–46). Jefferson, NC, United States: McFarland Press. Retrieved from https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-big-top-on-the-big-screen/
- May, W. S. (2019). “To Test the Limits and Break Through”: How Femslash Rejects Straight-Coding of Queer Experiences in Disney’s Frozen. In Representing Kink: Fringe Sexuality and Textuality in Literature, Digital Narrative, and Popular Culture (pp. 117–140). Lanham, MD, United States: Lexington Books.
Selected Service Activities
Advisory Board Member
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts
October 20, 2018-Present
Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success
October 1, 2015-Present
Texas State Anime Club
October 2019-December 2020
Summoners of Texas State
September 2017-May 2019