Brown Bag Biography: Zoë Erin Sprott

February 10, 12:00pm - 1:15am
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Add to Calendar

“Constructing the Ghoul Boys: Queerying Ethics and Identity in Buzzfeed Unsolved and Its Real-Person Fiction (RPF)” / Zoë E. Sprott, MA Candidate, English; Reviews Editor and Editorial Assistant at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa / Cosponsored by Hamilton Library, the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Academy for Creative Media, the School of Communications, and the Departments of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Thursday, February 10 at 12PM to 1:15PM (HST) on Zoom / Zoom Meeting ID: 920 0132 6880 / Password: 589979 / Meeting link: / BuzzFeed Unsolved (2016-2021), a YouTube series hosted by Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej, garnered massive popularity as it explored unsolved true crime cases and unexplained supernatural phenomena. Its fanbase has engaged with Bergara and Madej in a multitude of ways, including Q+A sessions and real-person fiction (RPF), picking up on the ways that the hosts play with identity. This talk will discuss RPF as a digital queer text and explore the ethical complexity of identity play and participatory identity formation. / Zoë E. Sprott is a writer and academic at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in literary studies. Her interests include contemporary literature, popular/digital literature, and queer theory. Zoë is also the Reviews Editor and Editorial Assistant at the Center for Biographical Research. The article on which this talk is based will be published this year in The Journal of Popular Culture.

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Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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Zoë E. Sprott, (808) 956-3774, gabiog@hawaii.ed,

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