HPU Professor 'Jumps To Conclusion' With Scholarly Paper Presentation On Rabbits At Orlando Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 12, 2011 ? Dr. Kate Fowkes, professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently presented a scholarly paper at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Fla. The conference takes place annually to explore all aspects of the fantastic as it appears in literature, film and the other arts.

Fowkes? paper, titled ?Roger Rabbit vs. Harvey: The Ridiculous Trickster Rabbit in Two Hollywood Movies,? explores the figure of the rabbit as a version of a traditional trickster, a type of character found in myth and folklore around the world. She discussed how while the trickster often sows chaos through its trickery, it may also bring laughter and amusement. Furthermore, even while creating havoc, the trickster may create something positive and new by ushering in a different way of looking at things or by challenging outdated power structures.

Fowkes intends to extend her research on rabbits to other films and hopes to write a scholarly book on the subject. Her interest in this area was piqued by research for her most recent book, ?The Fantasy Film,? in which she devoted a chapter to the classic film, ?Harvey.? Fowkes draws on her research findings in several of her classes, including her ?Movies and Methods? and ?Myth and Media? courses. While at the conference, Fowkes also served on a special panel to discuss the cult film, ?The Rocky Horror Picture Show.?

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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