Faculty Biographies

Michael Shuman

Professor of Instruction

Michael Shuman


Office: CPR 358 N
Phone: 813-974-5763
Email: mshuman@usf.edu



Michael L. Shuman is Professor of Instruction in the Department of English at University of South Florida. He teaches courses in Professional & Technical Writing and coordinates the department’s PTC internship program. While primarily teaching technical communications, his research interests include film studies, especially film noir of the late 1940s and early 1950s, the psychoanalytic theory of Otto Rank, and postwar speculative fiction. Dr. Shuman’s recent publications in film studies include “Dracula’s Deuce: How Horror Films Haunt Garage and Surf Music,” an analysis of film tropes and popular music for Weird Fiction Review, and “Accidental Outlaw: Agency and Genre Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist,” a chapter in Ida Lupino, Filmmaker, edited by Phillip Sipiora. He is Deputy Editor of The Mailer Review, a publication dedicated to the work of author Norman Mailer, and regularly contributes articles and book reviews to
that annual journal. Recent work includes “When Genres Collide: ‘The Last Night’ as Science Fiction,” a study of Mailer’s 1963 film treatment anticipating global catastrophe, and an essay on the 1947 serial Jack Armstrong: All American Boy, forthcoming in an edited collection on the films of director Wallace Fox.


  • “Accidental Outlaw: Agency and Genre in The Bigamist,” Ida Lupino, Filmmaker, ed. Phillip Sipiora, Bloomsbury Academic, 2021, pp. 95-111.
  • “What Mad Universe?” Review of Robert Guffey, Spies and Saucers, The Mailer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2020, pp. 295-304.
  • “Shooting for the Big Time,” Review of Gary D. Rhodes, Offed , The Mailer Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2020, pp. 289-294.
  • “When Genres Collide: ‘The Last Night’ as Science Fiction,” The Mailer Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall 2019, pp. 29-42.
  • “Moonfire: Mailer in Amber,” Review of Norman Mailer, Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11, 50th Anniversary Edition, The Mailer Review 12:1 (Fall 2018): 275-287.
  • “Beat Films and the Persistence of Vision,” Review of Raj Chandarlapaty, Seeing the Beat Generation: Entering the Literature Through Film, The Mailer Review 12:1 (Fall 2018): 309 315.
  • “Dracula’s Deuce: How Horror Haunts Garage and Surf Music,” Weird Fiction Review (Fall 2017): 147-188.
  • “Beating the Odds in Big Sur,” Review of Robert J. Begiebing, The Territory around Us; Collected Literary and Political Journalism, 1982-2015, The Mailer Review 10:1 (Fall 2016): 428-435.
  • “Trans-human Genetics Comes to Tampa,” Review of Donald L. Kaufmann, O Brave New Eve: A Genetic Fantasy, The Mailer Review 10:1 (Fall 2016): 447-460.
  • “Wise-Guy Capers, Zig-Zag Minds,” Review of Richard Stratton, Smuggler’s Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia, The Mailer Review, 10:1 (Fall 2016): 440-456.
  • “Days of Future Passed: Paul Bowles and the Heyday of Hipness,” Review of Raj Chandarlapaty, Recreating Paul Bowles, The Other and The Imagination: Music, Film, and Photography, The Mailer Review 9:1 (Fall 2015): 331-336.
  • “Mars Needs Women,” Review of Donald L. Kaufmann, Bramble, Infant Martian, The Mailer Review 9:1 (Fall 2015): 337-344.


  • PhD, University of South Florida, Literary Studies
  • Graduate Certificate, University of South Florida, Creative Writing
  • MA, West Virginia University, English
  • BA, Fairmont State University, English