JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

The Kryptonite closet:
Silence and queer secrecy
in Smallville

Jes Battis

Jes Battis is currently a doctoral candidate in the English department of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC. His research focuses on queer fantasy-fiction, and he teaches within the areas of pop culture, fantasy, children's literature, and gender/sexuality studies. He is the author of Blood Relations: Chosen Families in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" (McFarland, 2005).

Blood Relations explores critical family connections in Buffy and Angel. It traces the trajectory of the various biological and chosen families within both shows, including monstrous, undead, inestuous, and queer family connections. Using a mixture of contemporary family studies criticism and queer/ gender theory, the book explores "family" as the cultural site around which Buffy and Angel both revolve. Battis considers how young viewers might connect with the shows' characters as an alternate televisual family.

Jes has also published articles on various aspects of fantasy and pop culture in journals like Canadian Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Looking Glass. He can be contacted via his website: http://www.sfu.ca/~jbattis