Dr Neal Curtis
BA (hons); MA; PhD
I am a comics scholar and critical theorist with quite wide-ranging interests. Outside of comics these include political theory, media theory and the philosophy of technology.
I have written four books: Against Autonomy, published by Ashage in 2001; War and Social Theory, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2006; Idiotism: Capitalism and the Privatization of Life, published by Pluto Press in 2013; and Sovereignty and Superheroes, published by Mancheter University Press in 2016. I also edited The Pictorial Turn, published by Routledge in 2010. My new book entitled Hate in Precarious Times will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2021.
Research | Current
I am currently working on a new project reading superheroes through assemblage and actor network theory.
Teaching | Current
COMMS 204 Social Media
MEDIA 222 Comics and Visual Narrative
MEDIA 327 Comics and Visual Narrative
COMMS 700 Digital Futures
2011, AHRC Fellowship for my project of sovereingty and superheroes
Areas of expertise
- Critical Theory
- Political theory
- Ubiquitous media
- Media theory
- Philosophy of technology
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Curtis, N. (2019). EC COMICS: RACE, SHOCK AND SOCIAL PROTEST. STUDIES IN COMICS, 10 (1), 161-163.
- Curtis, N. M. (2019). Superheroes and the Mythic Imagination: Order, Agency and Politics. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics10.1080/21504857.2019.1690015
- Curtis, N. (2019). Black Panther’s Rage: Sovereignty, the Exception and Radical Dissent. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 32, 265-281. 10.1007/s11196-018-9597-2
- Curtis, N., & Cardo, V. (2018). Superheroes and third-wave feminism. Feminist Media Studies, 18 (3), 381-396. 10.1080/14680777.2017.1351387
- Curtis, N. (2017). Doom’s law: Spaces of sovereignty in Marvel’s secret wars. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 7 (1)10.16995/cg.90
- Curtis, N. (2017). Wonder Woman’s symbolic death: On kinship and the politics of origins. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8 (4), 307-320. 10.1080/21504857.2017.1279198
- Curtis, N. M. (2016). Millennials deserve better than forbears' scraps. The New Zealand Herald, A21-A21.
- Curtis, N. (2016). The explication of the social: Algorithms, drones and (counter-)terror. Journal of Sociology, 52 (3), 522-536. 10.1177/1440783316654265