Alumnus Kyle Hammonds and Dr. Anderson-Lain Publish Article on Popular Culture and Reflexive Pain | Communication Studies

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December 2, 2019

Alumnus Kyle Hammonds and Dr. Anderson-Lain Publish Article on Popular Culture and Reflexive Pain

We are proud of Kyle Hammonds (MA, 2016) and Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain's upcoming article " The Batman Comes to Class: Popular Culture as a Tool for Addressing Reflexive Pain" will appear next year in Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Hammonds and Anderson-Lain utilize a case study approach to examine ways in which comics and graphic narratives can be used to provide context within which undergraduate students may theorize about culture. Hammonds and Anderson-Lain used Batman: Year One as an organizing narrative for students to theorize about culture and communication. Specifically, students were challenged to (1) understand applications of communication theory in the context of graphic narrative, (2) use graphic narrative as a space for theorizing about communication and culture outside of comics, (3) utilize narrative theory to extrapolate meaning from complex, multi-modal forms of communication. Hammonds is a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma.