112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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“A Coterie of Spiritualists and Free Thinkers”: Spectral Riverside

Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Cheryl Edelson, Associate Professor and English Discipline Coordinator at Chaminade U of Honolulu, author of “Talking ‘Bout Some Heisenberg: Experimenting with the Mad Scientist in Breaking Bad" (forthcoming) and “Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic," discusses Riverside’s hosting of “a coterie of spiritualists and free thinkers.” From “potent medium” Eliza Tibbets to Jacques Derrida, Riverside stirs the “familiar spirits” of heterodoxy and preternatural exploration.

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Cheryl D. Edelson is Associate Professor of English and English Discipline Coordinator at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Cheryl holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside, an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests include American Literature, the Literary Gothic, Film and Television Studies, and Popular Culture. Cheryl’s recent publications include “Talking ‘Bout Some Heisenberg: Experimenting with the Mad Scientist in Breaking Bad,” (forthcoming) and “Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic” in Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence, and Degeneration in the Re-imagined Nineteenth Century (Rodopi Press, 2012). Since 2007, Cheryl has served as the co-organizer for the Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference—a meeting that convenes annually in Honolulu and one that attracts scholars from around the world. Cheryl received a 2010 President’s Award for contributions to the field of popular culture studies from the national Popular Culture/American Culture Associations. Born in Los Angeles, Cheryl spent most of her life in California’s Inland Empire before relocating to Hawai’i in 2004.