Dr. Alex Link

Permanent Faculty

Critical + Creative Studies

Associate Vice President Academic Affairs + Chair, School of Critical + Creative Studies

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Alex Link has diverse areas of interest with a current primary focus on the analysis and history of comics and graphic novels. He has also co-authored several titles for Image Comics. Alex also researches popular genre literature such as science fiction, detective fiction, and the gothic, with a particular emphasis on theories of spatiality. Additional interests include American prose fiction of any era and the British eighteenth century.

Education:

PhD York University, MA University of Toronto, BA York University

Selected Professional Activity:

“Is the Dark Knight Deep? Flatness, Depth and Framing in The Dark Knight Returns.” Comics Forum 2017. Leeds, U.K. 22 Sep 2017.

“Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder’s Animated, Amorous Ink.” Congreso Internacional de Estudios Interdisciplinares sobre Cómic. Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. 4 April 2017.

“The Consolations of Conspiracy in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell.”  Comics Forum 2015. Leeds, U.K. 12 Nov 2015.

“Scales of Violence, Scales of Justice, and Nate Powell’s Any Empire.”  Comics Forum 2014.  Leeds, U.K. 13 Nov 2014.

“Love Lust and Lucre in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn.” Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 10 May 2014.

 “Revisiting Comics’ ‘Funny Animals.’”  “Why Do Animal Studies?” Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago.  4 April 2014.

Fun Home’s Icarian Games.”  First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels.  Universidad de Alcalá  Alcalá de Henares, Spain.  11 Nov 2011.

Selected Publications:

“The Politics and Poetics of Alterity in Hines’ Duncan the Wonder Dog.” Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives. Ed. David Herman. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2017. Print.

“Psychogeography’s Legacy in From Hell and Watchmen.” Fine Arts and Comics. Ed. Hugo Frey. Spec. Issue of European Comic Art 9.2 (2016): 79-99. Print.

“Funny? Animals? The Problem of We3.” Comics Forum. Web. 31 May 2015. comicsforum.org/2015/05/30/funny-animals-the-problem-of-we3-by-alex-link/

“Tulips and Roses in a Global Garden: Speaking Local Identities in Persepolis and Tekkon Kinkreet.” Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels. Eds. Ian Hague and Carolene Ayaka. London: Routledge. 2014. Print.

“The Secret of Supergirl’s Success.” The Journal of Popular Culture. 46.6 (2013): 1177-1197. Print.

“Laughing Androids, Weeping Zombies, and Edgar Allan Poe.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. 58.3 (2012): 257-93. Print.

“Pierre Menard with a Pipette: VAS and the Body of Text.” Fictions Present thread of Electronic Book Review. n. pag. Web. 28 June 2012.

“Rabbit at the Riverside: Names and Impossible Crossings in Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The Hemingway Review. 27.1 (2009): 134-39. Print.

“The Mysteries of Postmodernism, or, Frederic Jameson’s Gothic Plots.” Theorising the Gothic.  Ed. Jerrold E. Hogle and Andrew Smith. Spec. Issue of Gothic Studies. 11.1 (2009): 70-85. Print.

“Global War, Global Capital, and the Work of Art in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.” Contemporary Literature. 49 (2008): 208-30. Print.

“Means, Meaning and Mediated Space in ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find.’” The Southern Quarterly. 44.4 (2007): 125-38. Print.

“City Limits: Fixing New York in Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.” CLUES: A Journal of Detection.  23.3 (2005): 31-41. Print.

“‘The Capitol of Darknesse:’ Gothic Spatialities in the London of Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor.” Contemporary Literature. 45 (2004): 516-537. Print.

“Staking Every Thing on It: A Stylistic Analysis of Linguistic Patterns in ‘Hills Like White Elephants.’” The Hemingway Review. 23.2 (2004): 66-74. Print.

With Riley Rossmo. Art by Riley Rossmo. Drumhellar Volume 2: Dogs and Gods. [collects issues 6-10] Berkeley: Image Comics. 2014. Print.

With Riley Rossmo. Art by Riley Rossmo. Drumhellar Volume 1: Badlands and Bad Trips. [collects issues 1-5] Berkeley: Image Comics. 2014. Print.

“Dead But Dreaming.” Art by Riley Rossmo. Dia De Los Muertos. Berkeley: Image Comics, 2013. 1-12. Print.

With Riley Rossmo. Art by Riley Rossmo. Rebel Blood. Berkeley: Image Comics, 2012. Print.

Selected Awards:

Teaching Excellence Award, ACAD 2013

Research Excellence Award, ACAD 2013