Selected Publications

Articles In Academic Journals

Year Title
2012 Bodies of Knowledge, Fat Studies, Fat Stigma and Citizenship in U.S. Media CultureFeminist Studies in English Literature. 157-181.
2012 Visibility and its Discontents: Queer Television StudiesGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 665-676.
2009 Intelligent (Self) DesignTelevision and New Media. 77-79.
2008 An Essay (Wasted) on Tom LehrerThe Common Review. 39-45.
2008 Out for Life: Makeover Television and the Transformation of Fitness on Bravo’s Work OutContinuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 522-535.
2007 t.A.T.u. You!: The Global Politics of Faux Lesbian PopPopular Music. 195-210.
2006 Desperately Seeking SusanThe Common Review. 11-16.
2006 ’That explains a lot’: or, the Contradictory Political Locations of International American StudiesThe Americanist: Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States.
2005 A Passion For Extremes: Hollywood’s Cold-War Romance with RussiaComparative American Studies. 89-110.
2005 In the Zone: Margaret Cho Stands UpBad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life.
2005 Sex and the Series: Paris, New York, and Post-National RomanceAmerican Studies. 5-29.
2004 All Zat JassThe Common Review. 8-15.
2004 Anatomies of RapeAmerican Literary History. 329-49.
2004 States of Emergency: The Labors of Lesbian Desire in ERGender.
2004 Storm DamageInkburns, the Interactive Literary Journal.
2004 Taking the Nation ‘From Drab to Fab’: Queer Eye For the Straight GuyFeminist Media Studies. 347-50.
2003 How Many Lesbians Does It Take To Screw in a Lightbulb?Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. 157-182.
2003 Idiot Nation: Holy Fools, Secular Saints, and Illiterate Saviors in American Literature and Popular CultureCLC Web: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal.
2003 Russian ‘Sitkom’ Adaptation: The Pushkin PrincipleJournal of Popular Film and Television. 60-72.
2003 The Holy Fool in Russian and American Culture: A DialogueAmerican Studies International. 152-178.
2002 Commodity Nationalism: The Marketing of 9/11 (in Russian)Topos: Journal of Philosophy and Culturology. 145-164.
2002 Found Footage: Feminist Histories Lost in TimeTulsa Journal of Women’s Studies. 85-98.
2001 Shooting Solanas: Radical Feminist History and the Technology of FailureFeminist Studies. 167-189.
1998 Feminism’s Generational AnxietiesSurfaces.
1994 Reconstructing Kin: Toni Morrison’s "Beloved"College Literature. 105-118.
1993 Hothead Paisan: Clearing a Space For a Lesbian/Feminist FolkloreNew York Folklore: Prejudice and Pride: Lesbian and Gay Traditions in America. 27-44.
1989 Shifting Gears: Transmission and Flight in Mona Simpson’s "Anywhere But Here"University of Hartford Studies in Literature: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism. 37-44.
1989 Silencing the Soundtrack: An Alternative to Marginal CommentsCollege Composition and Communication.


Year Title
2007 Makeover Television: Realities Remodelled.  London: I.B. Tauris.
2006 The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
2005 The Selling of 9/11: How a National Tragedy Became a Commodity.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
1997 Cross Purposes: Lesbians, Feminists, and the Limits of Alliance.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Year Title
2016 Catfight! Camp, and Queer Visibility in "Orange is the New Black"Television for Women: New Directions. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
2015 John WatersFifty Hollywood Directors. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
2014 Wrecked: Programming Lesbian RealityReality Gendervision: Sexuality and Gender on Reality TV. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
2013 Our Betties, OurselvesReading Ugly Betty. London: I.B. Tauris.
2012 ’Calling Out Around the World’: The Globalization of Reality Dance FormatsGlobal Television Formats: Circulating Culture, Producing Identity. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
2009 Absolute Seriousness: Sontag in Popular CultureThe Scandal of Susan Sontag. New York: Columbia University Press.
2009 Bailando ao Redor do MundoA TV Em Transição: Tendências de programação no Brasil e no mundo. Porto Allegre: Sulina.
2009 Memory’s Architecture: American Studies and the Graphic Novels of Art SpiegelmanApproaches to Teaching the Graphic Novel. New York: Modern Language Foundation.
2009 Out for Life: Makeover Television and the Transformation of Fitness on Bravo’s "Work Out"TV Transformations: Revealing the Makeover Show. London, UK: Taylor & Francis.
2008 HBO Films—1983-PresentThe Essential HBO Reader. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press.
2008 Shooting Solanas: Radical Feminist History and the Technology of FailureFeminist Time Against Nation Time. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
2008 States of Emergency: The Labors of Lesbian Desire in ERTelevising Queer Women: A Reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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2007 ’Russian Body and Soul’: t.A.T.u. Performs at Eurovision 2003A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Burlington, Massachusetts: Ashgate Press.
2006 How Does a Lesbian Look?: Stendhal’s Syndrome and the The L WordReading The L Word. London: I.B. Tauris.
2005 Buried Selves: Gothic Democracy in "Six Feet Under"Reading Six Feet Under: TV To Die For. London: I.B. Tauris.
2002 Salesman in MoscowThe Futures of American Studies. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
1998 Reconstructing Kin: Toni Morrison’s "Beloved"Race-ing Representation: Voice, History, Sexuality. Boulder, CO: Rowan and Littlefield.
1997 The Anxiety of Affluence: Movements, Market Sectors, and Lesbian-Feminist Generation(s)Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue. Minneapolis: University of Minessota Press.
1995 Housebreaking History: Feminism’s Troubled Romance With the Domestic SphereFeminism Beside Itself. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
1994 Almost Blue: Policing Lesbian Images in "Internal Affairs"Lesbian Postmodern. New York: Columbia University Press.

Conference Papers

Year Title
1998 Engendering History: A Cross-Cultural Reading of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya and Toni Morrison.  162-71.
1993 ’Home Viewing’: Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Cybernetic Family Romance.  30-36.

Research Overview

  • Popular Culture, Media, Film &Television, Gender & Sexuality, American Studies, Cultural Studies
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in English, City University of New York 1989
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Columbia University 1982
  • B.A. in English, Goddard College 1980
  • Full Name

  • Dana Heller