Faculty Profile for Whitney Shylee May

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Whitney Shylee May
Lecturer — English
phone: (512) 245-6214

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Whitney 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 The Edgar Allan Poe Review and Supernatural Studies, as well as Literature's Kinkiest Corners (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 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.
  • May, W. S. (2018). Through the Cheval-Glass: The Doppelgänger and Temporal Modernist Terror in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Supernatural Studies, 5(1), 121–135. Retrieved from https://www.supernaturalstudies.com/previous-journal-issues

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: American Studies Research Award, University of Texas Department of American Studies. January 22, 2020

Selected Service Activities

Faculty Sponsor
Texas State Anime Club
October 2019-Present
Advisory Board Member
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts
October 20, 2018-Present
University Mentor
Bobcat Bond
September 2016-Present
University Mentor
Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success
October 1, 2015-Present
Faculty Sponsor
Summoners of Texas State
September 2017-May 2019