My research examines representations of the evolution of the ‘next human’ contemporary science-fiction literature. I focus on three key authors of popular science-fiction trilogies between 1987-2018: Octavia Butler, Nancy Kress, and Margaret Atwood. The project analyses how the representation of genetic change complicates or changes species identity. Species identity consists of symbiogenesis between species, tribal essentialism, and hybridity. My research intersects with Posthumanism through my analysis of the representation of post-human species and their relationships to humans and their environment. I have a special interest in the ways in which non-human, subhuman, inhuman, human, transhuman, and posthuman creatures are represented in popular science-fiction, gothic, and horror genres.
My related areas of interest are medical humanities, genre fiction, popular fiction, postcolonial studies, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, museology, and object orientated research