Six Bowdoin Professors Appointed to Named Chairs

(Top row, l. to r.) Jackie Brown, Belinda Kong, Robert Morrison. (Bottom row, l. to r.) Brian Purnell, Allen Springer, Birgit Tautz

Six members of the Bowdoin faculty have been appointed to named chairs at the College. The appointments were made by President Clayton Rose on the recommendation of the now-departed Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon, and after consulting with senior members of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure. Holders of named chairs are entitled to additional research funds. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Briefel Discusses New LGBT Icon ‘The Babadook’ (Mic)

Aviva Briefel

Professor of English and Cinema Studies Aviva Briefel lent her insight to a recent article on Mic about a new LGBT icon that’s emerged this year. The “Babadook,” a top-hatted monster in the 2014 horror movie of the same name, has developed into an icon in the LGBT community in recent months, following a spirited debate on social media platforms.

Briefel said because so little is known about the “Babadook” in the movie, “it invites this projection in some ways, this identification.” Briefel says these constructs demonstrate how people can use horror films to wrestle with their identities.

Portraying Appalachia: How the Movies Can Get it Wrong

Meredith McCarroll

Professor Meredith McCarroll grew up near Asheville, in the mountains of North Carolina. It was only when she moved away that she “became aware of how powerful people’s negative impressions were of Appalachian people, and most of these ‘hillbilly’ stereotypes were gleaned from the movies.”

McCarroll is now working on a book about how Appalachia has been unfairly stereotyped by the film industry. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Lee on How Balzac’s Fantasy Travelog Redefines Realism

Michelle Lee

Postdoctoral fellow Michell Lee explains how the nineteenth-century French author’s foray into fictional travel writing “showed the world how the scope of realism could be expanded beyond its traditional, European boundaries.” Read more in Bowdoin News.