William Grady

William Grady

Dept. English, University of Dundee

Contact Details


Website: (personal page providing a overview of my academic work)

Biography and Research Interests

William Grady is a PhD student in the department of English at the University of Dundee. Having just completed an MRes focusing on Western comics at Manchester Metropolitan University, he continues this research with a PhD thesis entitled “Subverting the Frontier Myth: Western Comics and Cultural History.” He currently teaches in the dept. Film and Media at MMU.

Research interests: The Western Genre, Comics, Film


“Comic Books and Spaghetti Westerns.” Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation, Ed. Austin Fisher (forthcoming)

“A Baptism of Blood: Priest and the Regeneration of Violence on Min-Woo Hyung’s Frontier.” Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming, Eds. Cynthia Miller & Bow Van Riper (Scarecrow Press, 2013).

“Transcending the Frontier Myth: Dime Novel Narration and (Jesse) Custer’s Last Stand in Preacher.”  Comic Books and American Cultural History, ed. Matthew J. Pustz. Continuum Books (2012). 

“Interview with Garth Ennis.” Studies in Comics 3.1, ed. Chris Murray & Julia Round. Intellect (2012).

Conference Papers and Talks

“Comics Books and Spaghetti Westerns.” The Lost Subject, University of Dundee, May 2013

Blueberry and the Impact of the Spaghetti Western on the Comic Book Frontier.” Spaghetti Westerns in Transit: An International Film Conference on Transculturation and Liminality, Luton, April 2013

“Traversing the Western: From Dime Novel to Comic Book.” Materiality and Virtuality: A Conference on Comics, Comics Forum, Leeds, November 2011

“The Impact of Sergio Leone on Min-Woo Hyung’s Priest.” Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes dessinées and Comics, Manchester Metropolitan University, July 2011

“Repatriating ‘Dead Ground’: Alan Moore’s Psychogeographic tour in From Hell.” Myths, Legends, and Folklore conference, Cardiff University, May 2011

“Mirroring the Cinematic: Reading Min-Woo Hyung’s Priest as Spaghetti Western film.” Annual Student Conference, Manchester, January 2011.


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