Perdigao, Lisa

Arts and Communication, School of

Educational Background

B.A. Boston College 1997
M.A. Boston College 1999
Ph.D. Northeastern University 2004

Professional Experience

Dr. Perdigao has taught at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Merrimack College. She teaches courses in American and British literature, children’s and adolescent literature, cultural studies, film, and television. She received the Award for Excellence in Research in 2014, the Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005.

Current Research

A poetics of recovery in contemporary poetry.

Mourning and melancholia in literature, television, and film.

The struggle with language and identity in adolescent literature.

The "zombification" of canonical texts.

Identity politics in the Whedonverses.

Florida culture in literature, television, and film.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the culture of convergence.

Comic book adaptations in television and film.


Selected Publications


From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation: Dead Bodies in Twentieth-Century American Fiction. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010.

Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead. Ed. Lisa K. Perdigao and Mark Pizzato. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2010.

Articles and Essays

“#ITSALLCONNECTED: Assembling the Marvel Universe.” Assemble!: The Making and Re-Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ed. Bill Svitavsky, Julian Chambliss, and Tom Donaldson. McFarland. Forthcoming.

“‘I must become something else’: The Evolution of The CW’s Arrow.” Hitting the Mark with Arrow: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters. Ed. Jim Iaccino, Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatrowski. McFarland. Forthcoming.

“‘In Extremis’: Unnatural Selection in Lifetime’s Speculative Fictions.” Lifetime Movies and Television. Ed. Emily Witsell and Emily L. Newman. McFarland. Forthcoming.

“Becoming the Stories: Indefinite Play in Big Fish.” Tim Burton: Essays on the Films. Ed. Johnson Cheu. McFarland. Forthcoming.

“‘The dream has become their reality’: Infinite Regression in Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Inception.” The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible. Ed. Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy. NY: Columbia University Press, 2015. 120-131.

“The Intertextual Whedon.” Review of Reading Joss Whedon. Studies in Popular Culture 37.2 (2015): 162-165.

“Gray Matter: The Malleability of Intelligence in Fringe.” Genius on Television: Essays on Small Screen Depictions of Big Minds. Ed. Ashley Lynn Carlson. Jefferson. NC: McFarland, 2015. 59-79.

“At the ‘corner of no and where’: River’s Unmappable Body in the Firefly/Serenityverse.” Firefly Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon’s Classic Series. Ed. Michael Goodrum and Philip Smith. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 53-67.

“Ghosts in the Machine: Fringe Bodies.” Supernatural Studies 2.1 (2015): 62-74.

"'Swan Song': The Art of Letting Go in Glee." Glee and New Directions for Social Change. Ed. Brian C. Johnson and Daniel Faill. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2015. 195-206.

“Microreview: Martha Silano, Reckless Lovely.” Boston Review 27 Feb. 2015.

"Angela Hunt’s Uncanny Florida." Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers. Ed. Tammy Powley and April Van Camp. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. 133-144.

"Advanced Introduction to Liminality: Community on the Fringe." A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and Its Fandom. Ed. Ann-Gee Lee. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 167-179.

"'Transform, and twist, and change': Deconstrucing Coraline." The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature: Essays on Stories from Grimm to Gaiman. Ed. Tanya Pell and Joe Abbruscato. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 102-122.

"'coming undone': Entering Jorie Graham’s Poststructuralist Poetics." South Atlantic Review 77.1-2 (2012): 34-57.

"'It Aint Balanced Right’: Repositioning the Body in and of As I Lay Dying.” Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Ed. Patrick O’Donnell and Lynda Zwinger. NY: MLA, 2011. 123-135.

"'There’s really nothing left to explore': Imagineering, Innoventions, and Figments in Florida Studies." Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype. Ed. Robin DeRosa. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011. 209-217.

"'I hear it’s best to play along': The Poststructuralist Turn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 8.4 [32] (2011).

"'This one’s broken': Rebuilding Whedonbots and Reprogramming the Whedonverse." Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 8.2-3 [30 & 31] (2010).

"Re-membering Beloved." The Fiction and Prose of Toni Morrison: Teaching Race, Culture, and Identity. Ed. Jami Carlacio. Urbana: NCTE, 2007. 117-124.

"'the words I’d found': The Politics and Poetics of Recovery in Adrienne Rich’s Poetry." "Catch if you can your country's moment": Recovery and Regeneration in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich. Ed. William Waddell. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 141-157.