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Michael Buso

Doctoral Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant

M.A., English, Florida Atlantic University 2010
B.A., English, Florida Atlantic University 2008

Office: 208 Colson Hall

Research Interests

Queer Theory, American Literature, Popular Culture Studies, Prison Studies, Business/Technical Writing

Select Presentations

“‘When No One Knew the Way Out’: Developing a Phenomenology of AIDS Through the Writings of Andrew Holleran.” Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Columbia, SC. October 2016.

“The Trace of AIDS in David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy.” American Comparative Literature Association National Conference. Harvard University, Boston, MA. March 2016.

“Reconsidering Sontag’s ‘Notes on Camp’ in the 21st Century Pop Culture Classroom.” American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA. April 2015.

“Teaching the Whedonverses.” The Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, Sacramento, CA. June 2014.

“Comics as Literature, Comics as Culture: The Promises and Perils of Graphic Fiction in the Undergraduate Classroom.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2013.

“‘Feared and Hated’: Rethinking the X-Men as Homosexual Metaphor,” Global Queerness Conference, Wooster University, October 2012.


“What If All We Did Was Whedon?: Approaching Popular Culture Through the Works of Joss Whedon.” Teaching the Whedonverses. Eds. Meghan K. Winchell and Jodie A. Kreider. [Accepted / Forthcoming]

“Comics as Literature and Culture: Teaching Graphic Fiction in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives. Ed. Matthew Miller. McFarland Press. 2015. 30-39.

“‘Collect Yourself, Miss Walker’: The Queer Subject(s) at Neil Gaiman’s Cereal Convention.” Good Madness: A Collection of Essays on the Work of Neil Gaiman. Eds. Alexandra Dunne and Gráinne O’Brien. Inter-Disciplinary Press. 2014. 163-181.

“Julia Alvarez Teaching Sequence.” Emerging: A Reader, Ed. Barclay Barrios, Bedford/St. Martin’s. August 2010.

Courses Taught

ENGL 101 – Composition & Rhetoric I 

ENGL 102 – Composition & Rhetoric II

ENGL 132 – Short Story & The Novel
ENGL 241 – American Literature I 

ENGL 242 – American Literature II
ENGL 258 – Popular Culture
ENGL 262 – British Literature II
ENGL 304 – Business Writing
ENGL 305 – Technical Writing

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair