Dr Neal Curtis

BA (hons); MA; PhD


My last book entitled Idiotism was on privatization and culture, and was published by Pluto Press.

Research | Current

  • Critical theory
  • Comics
  • Ubiquitous media
  • Media theory
  • Philosophy of technology

I am currently writing a book entitled On Sovereignty and Superheroes for Manchester University Press, and am looking forward to my next book project on media systems and ubiquitous media. 

Teaching | Current

MEDIA 222 Comics and Visual Narrative

MEDIA 327 Comics and Visual Narrative

Areas of expertise

  • Critical Theory
  • Comics
  • Ubiquitous media
  • Media theory
  • Philosophy of technology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Curtis, N., & Cardo, V. (2018). Superheroes and third-wave feminism. Feminist Media Studies, 18 (3), 381-396. 10.1080/14680777.2017.1351387
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40508
  • Curtis, N. (2017). Doom’s Law: Spaces of Sovereignty in Marvel’s Secret Wars. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 7 (1).10.16995/cg.90
  • Curtis, N. (2017). Wonder Woman’s symbolic death: on kinship and the politics of origins. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 1-14. 10.1080/21504857.2017.1279198
  • Curtis, N. M. (2016). Millennials deserve better than forbears' scraps. The New Zealand Herald, A21-A21.
  • Curtis, N. (2016). The explication of the social: Algorithms, drones and (counter-)terror. Journal of Sociology, 52 (3), 522-536. 10.1177/1440783316654265
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31033
  • Curtis, N. (2015). Sovereignty and superheroes. Oxford University Press. Pages: 208.
  • Curtis, N. M. (2013). Thought Bubble: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Knowledge. New Formations (80-81), 73-88. 10.3898/NEWF.80/81.04.2013
  • Curtis, N. M. (2013). The Politics of Creation: Lyotard, Castoriadis and Malraux. In H. Bickis, R. Shields (Eds.) Rereading Jean-Francois Lyotard: Essays on his later works (pp. 137-153). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 5, Room 531
New Zealand

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