About Coco d'Hont

Coco d’Hont recently completed her thesis on transgressive fiction, which explored the work of Bret Easton Ellis, Poppy Z. Brite and Chuck Palahniuk, at the University of East Anglia. She currently teaches crime fiction and cultural theory at the University of East Anglia, has just published a book chapter on monstrosity in contemporary horror film, and is exploring her many research interests, which include but are not limited to contemporary American fiction, popular culture, and Marilyn Manson. Follow her progress via her blog and Twitter.

British Association for American Studies Annual Conference 2017, Day One

While the programme jokingly suggested ‘Trump group therapy’ as a potential feature of the conference, a more serious assessment of the value of American Studies research suggests that multidimensionality and critical interrogation of cultural myths are more important than ever, given the current political climate in the US. The conference demonstrated the value of transnational and transcultural perspectives which do not uncritically accept a limited definition of ‘Americanness’, and instead acknowledge, explore and celebrate the crossing of borders through interdisciplinarity. Continue reading