Veronica Fitzpatrick is a fall 2021–spring 2023 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Modern Culture and Media and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh with a dissertation on representational and epistemological instability in modern horror and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her current research is a book-length close reading of “The Bachelor” franchise’s trademark language, which draws on etymology, film theory, affect studies, and ordinary language philosophy to diagram precisely how, under the guise of “reality,” this hyper-produced fantasy phenomenon registers and refines our working definitions of intimacy and authenticity. In addition to her scholarship and teaching, she is a co-editor of World Picture and editor-at-large at Bright Wall/Dark Room, where she regularly contributes criticism. She cohosts The Bright Wall/Dark Room Podcast.
In 2021–2022, she published the essay “The Eyes of Nicolas Cage” in Post45.