Associate Professor and Director of First-Year Writing

Year Started at JMU: 2004

smithmx@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education

M.F.A, English, Pennsylvania State University, 2000

B.A., English, Knox College, 1994

Publications

“Embracing Dionysius in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.” Spec. issue of Studies in the Novel 47.3 (fall 2015): 365-380. Print.

“What Does a Starship Need With God?”: Divinization, Deicide, and the Re-Affirmation of Faith in Star Trek I-VI.” Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures. Eds. Douglas Brode and Sheila T. Brode. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 141-152. Print. (forthcoming fall 2016).

“Bruce Banner on the Couch: Dubious Psychologizing, The Drama of the Gifted Child, and the Rise of the ‘Victim Culture’ in the 1980s and 1990s.” The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Jade Giant in Changing Times. Ed. Joseph J. Darowski. McFarland and Company (fall 2015). Print.

“Worshipping at the Altar: The Myth of Inspiration and Creative Writing.” Writing on the Edge 33.1 (fall 2011): 69-75. Print.

“‘More Human Than (Super) Human’: Streamlining Superman and American Identity in the Reagan Era.” Ages of Superman: The Evolving Contexts of a Pop Culture Icon. McFarland & Company: February 2012.  Print.

“It’s a Grand Old Song.” Antiques Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: July 2011. Print.

“Finding the Joker.” Riddle Me This, Batman! Essays on Popular Culture as Philosophy, Literature, and Social Criticism. McFarland & Company: September 15, 2011. Print.

Entries “Mike Tyson”, “Brett Favre,”  “Lebron James,”  “Yao Ming,”  “Phil Jackson,” “Terrell Owens/Chad Ocho-Cinco.” The Encyclopedia of Sports. Greenwood Press (March 2013). Print.

“The Dark Knight Returns.” Graphic Novels. Salem Press (2012). Print.

“Independence Study.”Antiques Roadshow Insider.  Belvoir Publications: October 2009. Print.

“Two Very Independent Men” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: November 2008. Print.

“Great Scott!” Antiques Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications. September 2008. Print.

 “The GI.” American Icons: An Encyclopedia of the People, Places, and Things that Have Shaped Our Culture. 1st ed. Ed. Dennis Hall and Susan Hall. Portsmouth, N.H.: Greenwood Press, 2006: 258-266. Print.

 “Here Comes Big Ben.” Antiques Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications:  Jan. 2006. Print.

 “Custer Rides Again.” Antiques Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: June 2006. Print.

“What About Bob?” Antiques Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: July 2006. Print.

“Vitamins with a Complex,” Better Nutrition magazine, January 2003. Print.

“The Pros of Probiotics,” Better Nutrition magazine, February 2003. Print.

“Poetic Pursuits,” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: March 2003. Print.

“What the Dickens!” Antique Roadshow Insider, Belvoir Publications: August 2003. Print.

“In the Land of Lincoln,” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: September 2003. Print.

“On the Mark: Mark Twain Memorabilia,” (in conjunction with Ken Burns’ Mark Twain documentary for PBS), Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: March 2002. Print.

“Calling All Clans,” Richmond magazine, May 2002. Print.

“The Essentials of Essential Oils,” Better Nutrition magazine, May 2002. Print.

“The Collectible Hemingway,” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: June 2002. Print.

“Here Comes the Band,” Richmond magazine, July 2002. Print.

“Elvis: The Collectible King,” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: August 2002. Print.

“In Step?: A Look Inside Richmond’s Public Schools,” Richmond magazine, August 2002. Print.

“Hitchcockania: Collecting Alfred Hitchcock,” Antique Roadshow Insider. Belvoir Publications: November 2002. Print.

“Care from a Distance,” SeniorSource magazine, Winter 2001. Print.

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