Dr. Swartz-Levine makes her mark with superhero-themed explorations

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At Lake Erie College, Dr. Jennifer Swartz-Levine is known for her love of superheroes. Whether by way of a unique pin on her jacket or a lecture topic in the Learning Community she instructs about Superman’s influence on the changing landscape of American culture, Dr. Swartz-Levine’s passion for the subject is known to spark fascinating conversations.

Interim dean of the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and an associate professor of English, Dr. Swartz-Levine was recently selected to present on the subject at the 4th Annual Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies.

The conference, themed “Intersections of Identities: Difference and Coalition in a Transnational Context,” took place March 17-19, 2017 at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Swartz-Levine’s paper was titled "Bwah-Ha-Ha-Ha! The Diet Soda Retcon: the 99% Calorie Free Solution to Sexism in Justice League Europe,” and she presented on a panel titled “Psychoanalysis, Reconstruction, and Fluids.”

In addition to her conference presentation, Dr. Swartz-Levine recently published a new book chapter, adding to her already impressive list of publications and award-winning essays. The chapter, titled "Madwomen:  Sexism as Nostalgia in The New Frontier," can be found in The Ages of the Justice League:  Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times. A collection of essays examining more than five decades of Justice League comics and related titles, the book is available for purchase at http://amzn.to/2oeuTEQ.

Dr. Swartz-Levine’s latest accomplishments come after having been honored with the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize at Pittsburg State University this past fall, an award recognizing her essay “Staking Salvation: The Reclamation of the Monstrous Female in Dracula,” which appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The Midwestern Quarterly.

Lake Erie College is incredibly proud of Dr. Swartz-Levine and her accomplishments. For more information on the 2017 Annual Ray Browne Conference, visit http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/cultural-and-critical-studies/news-events/ray-browne-conference.html.

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