I am a lecturer in American Literature and Culture in the School of American Studies. In broad terms, my research and teaching activities focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary postwar and contemporary texts, from texts published in the 1950s to texts published in the twenty-first century. My Ph.D study at the University of Glasgow examined first-person narratives of female adolescence in American fiction published after 1950. I have published several articles on this area, and my monograph, Developing Figures: Adolescence, America and Postwar Fiction, was published by Palgrave in 2009.
Representations of Anne Frank in American Literature: In Different Rooms ,
ISBN 9780415724708UEA Repository
Aging, Adaptation, and the Curious Cases of Benjamin Button,
in Literature / Film Quarterly
pp. 635-648UEA Repository
To Count as a Girl: Misdirection in 10 Things I Hate About You,
in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
'Cautionary Whales?' Adolescence in Juno & Push,
pp. 105-121UEA Repository
British Association for American Studies
ISBN 9780748644605UEA Repository
Adolescence and (Re)capitulation in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series,
in The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth.
ISBN 9780415806763, 9781138016507UEA Repository
Anne Frank Rescues the Writer in Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude,
in Journal of American Studies
pp. 695-709UEA Repository
"Like a Thief Returning to the Shelf": The Givens of Autobiography in Lyn Hejinian's My Life,
in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
pp. 281-296UEA Repository
Chasing after the wind: The Adolescent Aporias of Jeffrey Eugenides,
in Writing America into the Twenty-first Century: Essays on the American Novel.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN 9781443821339UEA Repository
Enabling Fictions: Philip Roth's Prosthetic Anne Franks,
in Comparative American Studies
pp. 235-267UEA Repository
Adolescence, America and Postwar Fiction: Developing Figures,
ISBN 978-0230205512UEA Repository
Showing the Fly the Way Out of the Bell Jar: Cobbling a Philosophy of Adolescence in Joyce Carol Oates's I'll take you there,
in Reading America: New Perspectives on the American Novel.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN 9781847187772UEA Repository
Unpacking ‘something dark’: Narrating Southern female adolescence in Jill McCorkle’s The Cheer Leader, Sylvia Wilkinson’s Bone of my Bones and Thulani Davis’s 1959,
in European Journal of American Culture
pp. 139-152Full Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
I am currently working on two research projects, both of which will result in the publication of book-length works in the near future. Firstly, I am completing a textbook on American Autobiography, under contract with Edinburgh University Press. Secondly, I working on a study of representations of Anne Frank in American literature and culture. I publish articles relating to both projects.
My research and teaching interests therefore focus on the following areas: representations of adolescence and youth, with a special focus on gender; American autobiography; narrative voice; the Holocaust in American literature and culture. In future research and teaching I plan to extend my focus on the relationship between age and identity by working on representations of ageing in America.