Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture in the School of Art, Media and 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. I have also published American Autobiography (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and In Different Rooms: Representations of Anne Frank in American Literature (Routledge, 2016).

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Mclennan, R.

(2018)

'That's Not Enough': Ageing in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore,

in Texas Studies in Literature and Language

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(2)

pp. 193-211

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McLennan, R.

(2016)

Representations of Anne Frank in American Literature: In Different Rooms ,

Routledge

ISBN 9780415724708

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Mclennan, R.

(2014)

Aging, Adaptation, and the Curious Cases of Benjamin Button,

in Literature / Film Quarterly

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pp. 635-648

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Mclennan, R.

(2014)

To Count as a Girl: Misdirection in 10 Things I Hate About You,

in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

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(1)

(Special issue)

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Mclennan, R.

(2013)

'Cautionary Whales?' Adolescence in Juno & Push,

in Mosaic

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pp. 105-121

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McLennan, R.

(2012)

American Autobiography,

British Association for American Studies

ISBN 9780748644605

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McLennan, R.

(2012)

Adolescence and (Re)capitulation in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series,

in The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth.

Routledge

ISBN 9780415806763, 9781138016507

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Mclennan, R.

(2012)

Anne Frank Rescues the Writer in Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude,

in Journal of American Studies

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pp. 695-709

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Mclennan, R.

(2011)

"Like a Thief Returning to the Shelf": The Givens of Autobiography in Lyn Hejinian's My Life,

in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

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pp. 281-296

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Mclennan, R.

(2010)

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

pp. 22-39

ISBN 9781443821339

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Mclennan, R.

(2009)

Enabling Fictions: Philip Roth's Prosthetic Anne Franks,

in Comparative American Studies

7 (3)

pp. 235-267

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Mclennan, R.

(2009)

Adolescence, America and Postwar Fiction: Developing Figures,

Palgrave

ISBN 978-0230205512

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Mclennan, R.

(2008)

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 9781847187772

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Mclennan, R.

(2006)

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

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pp. 139-152

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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.