I graduated with a BA in American and English literature from the University of East Anglia in 2010, which included a year at Reed College in Portland, OR. I then studied part-time for a Master's in 'Issues in Modern Culture' at University College London from 2011-13, and for my PhD at the University of Sussex, under the supervision of Peter Boxall, from 2013-17. In September 2017, I returned to UEA to take up a position as Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Literature.
My PhD thesis, 'Fictional Encyclopaedism in James Joyce, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Roberto Bolaño: Towards a Theory of Literary Totality,' was funded by the AHRC and passed with no corrections. It considers the relationship between fiction and the history and practice of encyclopaedic thought, and focuses comparatively on James Joyce's Ulysses, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, and Roberto Bolaño's 2666, and included 3 months' fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX in 2015.
Besides my teaching and research, I am currently working on a special issue of the James Joyce Quarterly, entitled Encyclopedia Joyce, with James Phelan (Vanderbilt University), and a collection of essays on Don DeLillo for Bloomsbury Academic's Contemporary Critical Perspectives series, with Katherine Da Cunha Lewin (University of Sussex).
In Autumn 2017, I will be teaching:
- Reading & Writing Criticism (co-convenor)
Key Research Interests
Modern and contemporary British, U.S., and Latin American literature; Native American/Indigenous writing; early colonial writing in the Americas; encyclopaedism and the history of encyclopaedias; Wikipedia; American, transatlantic, and hemispheric studies; European and American modernisms; Spanglish; border studies; anticolonial/decolonial theory