Research and Creative Interests
- Gender and Media
- Reality Television
- popular culture
Brenda Weber has a particular interest in how identity is discursively gendered, constructed, and embodied through written and mediated means, as well as how gender, sex, sexuality, race, and class work together to inform notions of the “normative” self. She engages with a wide archive of mostly discredited cultural texts, including non-canonical 19th-century transatlantic women’s literature and contemporary media, specifically literature, film, and television. Celebrity, masculinity, and American religious cultures are important themes in her work.