Professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell

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Professor of Film and Popular Culture
Director, Popular Culture Research Centre



PhD, MA, BA (Honours) Loughborough University

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Director, Popular Culture Research Centre, AUT
  • President, The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia
  • Gothic Area Chair, The Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, International Gothic Association
  • Member, Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Member, British Association for American Studies
  • Member, Australasian Food Network

Teaching Areas:

  • Popular Media and Culture
  • Gothic Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Creative Industries
  • Entertainment Industries
  • Online Media and Identities
  • Popular Narratives and Histories
  • Critical and Cultural Theory

Research Areas:

  • Popular Culture
  • Cultural History
  • Gothic Studies
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Food Studies
  • Fandom and Identity
  • Critical Theory

Current Research Projects:

  • A Cultural History of Poison
  • Gothic Horror/ Gothic Folklore in Fairy Tales
  • Food and Horror in Children’s Literature
  • Cultural History and Food Media
  • Gothic Cities
  • Gothic Hauntings in Fantasy Television
  • Food and Popular Culture (film, television, popular literature, and animation)


Single-authored Books

ConsumingBanana-book-cover2The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature
 Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction 
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. Poison: A Cultural History. London: Reaktion. Forthcoming 2018.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2017) Consuming Gothic: Food and Horror in Film. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2016) Banana: A Global History. London: Reaktion.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2014) The Vampire in Contemporary Popular Literature. New York Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415823012.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2013) Beef: A Global History. London: Reaktion.
    ISBN: 978-1780230818
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2011) Food and Culture in Contemporary American Fiction. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415884228

Edited Book

Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the RingsNew Directions in 21st Century Gothic: The Gothic CompassThe Gothic and The Everyday: Living Gothic
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. and Donna Lee Brien, eds. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food. London: Routledge. Forthcoming 2018.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L., ed (2015) Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings. Bristol: Intellect. ISBN: 1783205156
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. and D. Lee Brien, eds. (2015) New Directions in 21st Century Gothic: The Gothic Compass. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-13-881061-7.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. and M. Beville, eds. (2014) The Gothic and The Everyday: Living Gothic. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-1-137-40663-7.

Journal Articles

  • Piatti-Farnell, L. ‘The Haunting of Dragons: Unravelling Rhaegar’s Ghostly Return in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire’, The Journal of Asia-Pacific Popular Culture. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2017) ‘“The Blood Never Stops Flowing and the Party Never Ends: The Originals and the Historical Afterlives of New Orleans as a Vampire City”, M/C: The Journal of Media and Culture, 20.5: .online, 10 pages. ISSN: 1441-2616.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2017) ‘“For God’s Sake, Cover Yourself”: Sexual Violence, Disrupted Memory, and the Gendered Politics of Patriotism’, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8.3: 238-251. ISSN: 21504865.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2017) ‘Gothic Reflections: Mirrors, Mysticism, and Cultural Hauntings in Contemporary Horror Film’, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 6.2: 179-194. ISSN: 20455852
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2015) ‘Consumption, Health, and Disposability in SpongeBob SquarePants’, Australian Journal of Environmental Education. Forthcoming, July 2015. ISSN: 0814-0626.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2014) ‘What’s Hidden in Gravity Falls: Strange Creatures and the Gothic Intertext’, M/C: The Journal of Media and Culture, 17.4: online, 9 pages, ISSN: 1441-2616.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2013) ‘Blood, Biceps and Beautiful Eyes: Cultural Representations of Masculinity in Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya’, The Journal of Popular Culture, 46.6: pp.1133-1155. ISSN: 1540-5931.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2013) 'Sure to Rise: Reading the Edmonds Cookery Book as a Popular Icon', TEXT: The Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 24: online, pp.1-11.  ISSN: 1327-9556.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2013) 'Words from the Culinary Crypt: Reading the Cookbook as a Haunted/Haunting Text', M/C: The Journal of Media and Culture, 16.3: online, 9 pages. ISSN: 1441-2616.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2012) ‘A Taste of Conflict: Food, History and Popular Culture in Katherine Mansfield’s Fiction’, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2.1: pp. 79-91. ISSN: 20455852.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2011) ‘Slurm, Popplers and Human Rinds: Food, Consumerism and Popular Trends in Matt Groening’s Futurama’, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 1.3: pp. 327-320. ISSN: 20455852.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2010) ‘A Tour of the Cannibal Quarters: Carnivorous Appetites and Industrial Fantasies in Roald Dahl’s Fiction’, Otherness: Essays and Studies 1.1: online, 12 pages. ISSN: 1904-6022.

Book Chapters

  • Piatti-Farnell, L. ‘Ravenous Fantasies and Revolting Dinners:
Food and Horror in Children’s Literature’ in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food, ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien. London: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. ‘Blood Flows Freely: The Horror of Classic Fairy Tales’ in
    The Handbook to Horror Literature, ed. Kevin Corstorphine  and Laura Kremmel . Basingstoke: Palgrave. Forthcoming), 2018.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2018) ‘Cyber-hauntings: The Online Ghost Story and Its Cultural Narratives’ in The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story, ed. Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138184763
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2015) ‘That Cherry Pie is Worth a Stop: Food and Spaces of Consumption in Twin Peaks’ in Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory and Genre in Television, ed. Catherine Spooner and Jeffrey Weinstock. Pp. 87-104. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-55695-0
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2015) ‘On Party Business: Real-fan Celebrations on New Zealand’s Middle-earth’ in Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings, ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell. Bristol: Intellect. Forthcoming, November 2015.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2015) ‘Cyberfangs: Online Communities and the Gothic Hypercharacter’ in New Directions in 21st Century Gothic: The Gothic Compass, ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Donna Lee Brien. London: Routledge. Pp. 101-116. ISBN: 978-1-13-881061-7.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2014) ‘Spectral Pumpkins: Cultural Icons and the Gothic Everyday’ in The Gothic and the Everyday: Living Gothic, ed. Lorna Piatti-Farnell and Maria Beville. Pp. 85-102. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-137-40663-7.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2014) ‘Monsters of Capital: Vampires, Zombies, and Consumerism’ in Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science, ed. Glen Whitman and James P. Dow. Pp. 99-111. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-14422-35021.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2014) ‘That Haunting, Eerie Return: Narrative, Genre, and Iconography in Dark Shadows (1966-1971)’ in Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle ed. Carlen Lavigne. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 155-170. ISBN: 978-0739183335.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2013) 'In the Guise of Character: Costumes, Narrative, and the Reality of Artifice in Thelma & Louise in The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott ed. Adam Barkman, Ashleigh Barkman, and Nancy Kang. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp.131-144. ISBN: 978-0739178720.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L. (2011) ‘At My Cooking I Feel It Looking: Consumption and Advertising in Sylvia Plath’s Domestic Verse’ in It Came From the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties ed. Darryl Jones, Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy. Pp. 198-215. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-0230272217.
  • Piatti-Farnell, L.(2011) ‘The Delicious Side of the Story: Culinary Writing, Cultural Contexts and the Club’ in The ‘Richard and Judy Book Club’ Reader: Popular Texts and the Practices of Reading ed. Helen Cousins and Jenni Ramone. Pp. 55-74. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-409401339.
  • Dix, A. and Lorna Piatti (2009) ‘Bonbons in Abundance: The Politics of Sweetness in Kate Chopin’s Fiction’ with Andrew Dix in Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in 19th Century American Literature ed. Monika Elbert and Marie Drews. Pp.53-72. New York: Palgrave. ISBN: 978-0230616288.
  • Piatti, L. (2007) ‘The Hunger and the Horror: Food, Subjectivity and Corporeal Boundaries in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar in Boundaries ed. Jenni Ramone and Gemma Twitchen. Pp. 66-80. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 978-1847181794.
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