Professor of American Literature, Faculty of Arts
During 2020-21 I'm teaching a first-year course on American literature and culture from 1830-1940 and a second-year course on business in American culture.
I'm currently supervising PhDs on digital American literature; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Californian fiction; and contemporary American, Canadian, and Australian gothic fiction. I've supervised over a dozen PhDs to completion on topics including American women's prison zines; racial liminality in nineteenth-century American literature; John Cheever's magazine fiction; post-apocalyptic fiction; the segregated town in white Southern fiction; Ralph Waldo Emerson; the "quiet" novel in contemporary American literature; Cormac McCarthy; post-suburban American literature; the nineteenth-century American short story; transnationalism in the work of Toni Morrison and Dionne Brand; and contemporary New York and Shanghai fiction. I have also supervised several MRes theses on subjects ranging from the sea fiction of James Fenimore Cooper to Rolling Stone magazine, the short fiction of Richard Ford, and Donna Tartt.
My main area of research is nineteenth-century American literature and print culture. My latest book is Herman Melville: Among the Magazines. It focuses on the writing Melville published in Putnam's… read more
My main area of research is nineteenth-century American literature and print culture. My latest book is Herman Melville: Among the Magazines. It focuses on the writing Melville published in Putnam's and Harper's magazines and is the first book to ask what it means to think about this work as magazine writing rather than short fiction. The book presses Melville back into the magazine publishing world of the 1850s and draws on print culture history, biography, and literary criticism to examine Melville's relationships with forgotten materials, editors, writers, and literary traditions. My next book project is provisionally titled Making American Literature, and will be a media history of nineteenth-century American literature.
Nineteenth-century print production and distribution.
American magazines in the nineteenth century.
History of the nineteenth-century short story.
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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