Dr Kirstin Mills has published her research across several formats, and is currently at work on her first monograph. Find out about recent and forthcoming publications below (expand each item for further details). If you wish to contact Kirstin, you can do so here.
‘At the Limits of Perception: Liminal Space and the Interrelation of Word and Image in Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother.’ Image [&] Narrative 18.3 (2017). [Download Article] [Link to complete Issue]
This paper, part of a special issue of Image & Narrative on Horace Walpole, explores the ways that Horace Walpole’s Gothic texts, The Castle of Otranto, The Mysterious Mother, and even the architectural Strawberry Hill, operate within a fascinating nexus of visual and narrative discourse. By analysing the intersections of the verbal and visual within these works, which combine and collide within liminal spaces that figure a threshold state between the supernatural and the subconscious, this paper explores the ways that Walpole’s texts work collectively to interrogate eighteenth-century theories of optics, perception and imagination by positing a slippage between word and image that undermines the human attempt to make sense of the world.
‘Frankenstein in Hyperspace: The Return of Digital Technologies to the Origins of Virtual Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.’ Global Frankenstein. Ed. Carol Margaret Davison and Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Forthcoming.
Guest Speaker. ‘The Spoooooky Halloween Show.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 25 October 2017. [Link to Podcast Episode]
“Do you like spoooooky novels? Tv shows? Movies? Podcasts? Why do we like to be scared, anyway? To celebrate Halloween, Stephanie and Jimmy are joined by Dr Kirstin Mills to discuss werewolves, vampires, mermaids, ghosts, witches, and the delicious thrill of terror.”
Guest Speaker. ‘Twenty Years a Slay: A Celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 25 October 2017. [Link to Podcast Episode]
“Buffy is the greatest television show of all time. At least, that’s what Stephanie, Dr Kirstin Mills and Dr Lorin Schwarz think. This week, they discuss the enduring appeal of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the genius of Joss Whedon, and why they can’t get enough of Spike.”
Guest Speaker. ‘Harry Potter and the Silent Intertexts.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 10 May 2017. [Link to Podcast Episode]
“Why is Harry Potter the global sensation that it is, twenty years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Stephanie and Michelle chat with fantasy expert Dr Kirstin Mills about Harry Potter and the internet, other fantasy literature you should be reading, and why Rowling just can’t seem to let Harry go.”
Read more about Kirstin’s upcoming research projects, and her latest and forthcoming publications on the blog.