Dr. Adrian Whitacre
Assistant Professor - Anglophone Literature
Education: PhD English Literature, Indiana University, 2019
MA English Literature, Indiana University, 2016
BA English, Anderson University, 2012
Office: Burrus Dickinson 301
Medieval literature, werewolves, posthumanism, identity and the body, queer studies, speculative fiction, medievalism, Star Trek
I love to explore new and fascinating things in the classroom: to seek out new life and new literatures, to boldly go where I have not gone before. My once and future courses include: composition, intro to fiction, critical theory, murder mysteries, fanfiction, wealth and inequality, mythology, Vikings, pre-1700 literature, medieval romance, Beowulf in translation, and cults and conspiracy theories.
“Change and Identity: The Medieval Werewolf and the Layered Body.” 2019. Indiana University, PhD dissertation.
“Queer Pregnancy on the Medieval Sacred Stage,” presented at The Medieval Academy of America. Indiana University, April 2021.
“Looking in the Mirror: The Negotiation of Franchise Identity in Star Trek: Discovery.” Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery. Edited by Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala. Science Fiction Texts and Studies Series. Liverpool University Press, 2020.
“The Body That Is Not One: Overclothing as Bodily Transformation in Topographia Hibernica.” Essays in Medieval Studies 34, 2019, p. 99-112.
“‘What Beast This Skin Covers’: Literalizing Allegories of the Body in Guillaume de Palerne,” presented at the International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, July 2019.
“‘Throw a Punch and Kiss a Girl’: Gender and Sexualization in the Kelvin Timeline." The Kelvin Timeline of Star Trek: Essays on J.J. Abrams’ Final Frontier. Edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington. McFarland, 2019, p. 99-114.
“The Translation of Transformation: A Comparison of Bisclavret and Yonec with the Norse Bisclaret and Jonet." Le Cygne: The Journal of the International Marie de France Society 4, no. 1, January 2018, p. 25-45.
“How to Re-Translate a Werewolf,” presented at the 21st Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society. University of Toronto, July 2018.
Inveterate midwesterner, originally a Hoosier. Many Star Trek opinions, will share them at the slightest provocation (consider this an invitation or a warning). Ask me about my cat. They/them.