K. Brenna Wardell

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I’m currently working on a book-length project on the figure of the libertine in visual culture, focusing on film and television representations of the figure as part of my work in gender studies.  I address examples of the male libertine in film and TV texts from Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch, 1932) to Star Trek (from TOS to J.J. Abrams’s 2009 reboot).  The work is framed by a consideration of the representation of real-life libertine figures such as Charles II, the “Merry Monarch” (pictured below, surrounded by his wife and mistresses), and John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.

I’m also continuing my work in Joss Whedon Studies with recent essays on costume design in The Avengers and on Whedon’s citation of John Ford in Avengers: Age of Ultron, a chapter on Buffy, fairy tales, and horror for the book Joss Whedon vs. Horror: Fangs, Fans and Genres—Buffy and Beyond, published by I.B. Tauris, and a chapter on Serenity for Joss Whedon’s Big Damn Movie: Essays on Serenity, published by McFarland.

My non-Whedon work includes a chapter for The Age of the Geek (Palgrave) and a chapter for Critical Insights Film: Alfred Hitchcock (Salem Press) on Hitchcock’s late thriller Frenzy.

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