The New Seriality Studies

Friday, September 23, 2016  9:00am - 5:30pm Schermerhorn Hall, 501 Schermerhorn Hall


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Lauren M.E. Goodlad (Illinois)

Sean O'Sullivan (Ohio State)

    Event Video
    The New Seriality Studies Creative Roundtable

From Charles Dickens and the Star Wars epic, to The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, and the Serial podcast, seriality’s iteration of installments, gaps, sequences, and seasons has drawn audiences into storyworlds both vast and intimate.  "The New Seriality Studies" looks at the past, present, and future of serial storytelling across media, periods, and disciplines.  Three panels explore periodicals, novels, television, comics, film, and music in light of the cross-genre play of seriality’s formal, spatial, temporal, material, and social effects. The closing roundtable, moderated by Sharon Marcus (Columbia), features discussion with A.O. Scott (film critic, The New York Times), Julie Snyder (co-creator and executive producer, the Serial podcast), and Lev Grossman (book critic, TIME, and author of the Magicians trilogy). 

Panel Participants: Emily Bloom (Columbia), Jared Gardner (Ohio State), Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Illinois), Linda Hughes (Texas Christian), Amy King (St. John's), Rob King (Columbia), Kathleen Loock (Freie University, Berlin), Sharon Marcus (Columbia), Helena Michie (Rice), Sean O’Sullivan (Ohio State), James Braxton Peterson (Lehigh), Michael Szalay (UC Irvine), Robyn Warhol (Ohio State)


Opening Remarks


Lauren M.E. Goodlad (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): "Seriality Studies Now"


Panel 1

Moderator: Emily Bloom (Columbia University)

Jared Gardner (Ohio State): "Graphic Entanglement and the Serial Spacetime of Comics"
Helena Michie (Rice) and Robyn Warhol (Ohio State): "Synchronic Reading"




Panel 2

Moderator: Amy King (St. John’s University)

Michael Szalay (UC Irvine): “The Sopranos and Allegory"
Sean O’Sullivan (Ohio State): “Serial Cross-Hatching and the Television Season”




Panel 3

Moderator: Rob King (Columbia University)

Kathleen Loock (Freie University, Berlin): “Remakes, Sequels & Co.: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Serial Modes of Storytelling”
James Braxton Peterson (Lehigh): “Surreal Seriality in the Semiotic Imagination of Lupe Fiasco”
Linda Hughes (Texas Christian): “The Longue Durée of Serial Print Cultures”




Creative Roundtable

Moderator: Sharon Marcus (Columbia University)

A.O. Scott (The New York Times)

Julie Snyder (Serial Podcast)

Lev Grossman (TIME)



  • Moderator

  • Participant

    Jared Gardner

    Professor of English & Film Studies

    Ohio State University

  • Participant

    Lauren M.E. Goodlad

    Kathryn Paul Professional Scholar, English and Criticism & Interpretive Theory

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Participant

    Lev Grossman

    Book Critic, TIME Magazine, and Author, The Magicians


  • Participant

    Linda Hughes

    Addie Levy Professor of Literature

    Texas Christian University

  • Moderator

    Amy King

    Associate Professor, English

    St. John's Unviersity

  • Moderator

    Rob King

    Associate Professor of Film

    Columbia University

  • Participant

    Kathleen Loock

    Post-doctoral Research Associate, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Moderator

    Sharon Marcus

    Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Participant

    Helena Michie

    Professor of English,
    Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities

    Rice University

  • Participant

    Sean O’Sullivan

    Associate Professor, Department of English

    The Ohio State University

  • Participant

  • Participant

    A.O. Scott

    Film Critic

    The New York Times

  • Participant

    Julie Snyder

    Executive Producer

    Serial Podcast

  • Participant

    Michael Szalay

    Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department

    University of California, Irvine

  • Participant

    Robyn Warhol

    Interim Chair and Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor

    Ohio State University


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