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20th- and 21st-Century American Literature

-death, loss and recovery, entombment and exhumation

Film and Television

-embodiment, grief and mourning, adaptations, seriality

Comics and Adaptations of Comics

-death, resurrection, and regeneration in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and DC Entertainment

Young Adult Fiction

-struggle for identity and power in YA literature, films, and television series, surviving adolescence



Northeastern University

Ph.D., English

Dissertation: “Encrypting the Body: Entombment, Exhumation, and Figuration in 

Twentieth-Century American Literature”

Dr. Perdigao's work focuses on narrative ends and beginnings, specifically the representation of death and resurrection in literature, film, and television. Her first book, From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation (Routledge, 2010), examines the struggle with and for closure in twentieth-century American fiction. This work has expanded into other mediums as she explores resurrection and regeneration in film and television, including the resuscitation of comics on the big and small screen.


Boston College

M.A., English


Boston College

B.A., English and Philosophy

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