Tiffany Potter

Research & Publications

Academic Books

Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century Table of Contents
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Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Tiffany Potter. University of Toronto Press, 2012.

In modern popular culture, the pursuits regarded as the most frivolous—fashion, celebrity, romance narratives—are typically understood to be feminine in nature. This collection illustrates how eighteenth-century ideas of the popular and the feminine were also assumed to be naturally intertwined, and investigates the way in which that association facilitates the ongoing trivialization of both. Seventeen top scholars assess the significance of the parallel devaluation s of women’s culture and popular culture by looking at theatres and actresses; novels, magazines and cookbooks; and populist politics and fashion. They also examine the ways in with 18th-century women have been re-imaged in modern popular media, from award-winning novelists Beryl Bainbridge and Emma Donoghue to Austenmania and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television Table of Contents
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The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Ed. Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. Continuum, 2009.

Over its five seasons, HBO's award-winning drama The Wire presents several overlapping narrative threads, all set in the city of Baltimore. The series consistently rewrites the conventional understandings of law, order and disorder, offering a view of American that has never before been presented on American television. In a series of fascinating essays, seventeen scholars of literature, film, history, education, philosophy and law examine the place of The Wire within popular culture and consider its representation of inner city life in America, from schools to the corners, police to the courtroom, among honorable drug dealers, corrupt politiciansand men and women both differentiated and united by race, class and sexual orientation.
*noted in the New York Review of Books 14 October 2010
Cylons in America: Critical Studies on Battlestar Galactica Table of Contents
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Cylons in America: Critical Studies on Battlestar Galactica. Ed. Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. Continuum, 2008.

Cylons in America is the first scholarly collection published on the re-visioned Battlestar Galactica television series (2003-08). Far from its 1970s predecessor, the new BSG combines the familiar features of hard science fiction with direct, and often scathing, commentary on life and politics in post 9/11 America. The 19 essays collected here consider BSG’s depictions of the politics of terrorism and torture; notions of faith, identity, race, gender and the human; and the strategies used to create these depictions, from direction and marketing to music and fan fiction. Cylons in America is written both for scholars of television and cultural studies, and for critically-engaged fans.
Winner, Best Edited Collection, Popular Culture/American Culture Association 2008

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Insurgency, Accidental Guerrillas and Gang Culture in The Wire." Tiffany Potter and Tobias Sirzyk. American Realism in a Time of Terror and Crisis: New Essays on the Wire. Ed. Arin Keeble and Ivan Stacy. McFarland (forthcoming 2014).
  • "Remapping Terrorism Stereotypes in Battlestar Galactica." Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. Muslims in American Popular Culture. 3 vols. Ed. Anne R. Richards and Iraj Omidvar. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2013.
  • "Thinking Inside the Box: A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of Television Studies." Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Ed. Paul Budra and Clint Burnham. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. 182-213.
  • "Historicizing the Popular and the Feminine: The Rape of the Lock and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Tiffany Potter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. 5-24.
  • “‘I am the American Dream’: Modern Urban Tragedy and the Borders of Fiction.” Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. London and New York: Continuum, 2009. (second printing 2010; third printing 2011). 8-21.
  • “The Life and Times of Fuzzy Dunlop: Herc Hauk and the Modern Urban Crime Environment.” Darkmatter 4 (2009). darkmatter101.org>
  • Grey’s Anatomy: An Example of Television-Based Medicine.” Tiffany Potter and Elizabeth Rhynold. Canadian Journal of Geriatrics 12.2 (2009): 5-9 (double columns).
  • “‘I see the patterns’: Battlestar Galactica and the Things that Matter.” Cylons in America: Critical Studies on Battlestar Galactica. Tiffany Potter and CW Marshall. London and New York: Continuum, 2008. 1-10.
  • “Disability and Television.” Sally Chivers and Tiffany Potter. Encyclopedia of Disability. 5 vols. Ed. Gary L. Albrecht. Sage Reference, 2005. 1547-51.