My semester 1 office hours for 2013/14 are Mondays 10-11 & Tuesdays 10-11.
My semester 2 office hours for 2013/14 are Tuesdays 10-11 & Wednesdays 10-11.
If these times do not suit, please email me (email@example.com) to make an alternative appointment.
The book I am researching on Las Vegas (Reading Las Vegas, Berg) will be a cultural study of the city in terms of its fictional & cinematic representations alongside readings of the contemporary city's cartography and architecture.
I have recently completed a number of journal articles: one on the limits of poetic language in Middle Generation American poetry for the English journal (Winter 2013 http://english.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/eft038ijkey=iMUPSqttCqkv72u&keytype=ref); an analysis of how Alcoholics Anonymous appropriated (almost unedited it would appear) swathes of nineteenth-century Temperance literature for (re)publication in its Big Book (Journal of American Studies, http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A88Cqmob); separate pieces on two Alfred Hitchcock films, Strangers on a Train in terms of the routines of American Carnival, and The Man Who Knew Too Much and its genesis in a remembered trip to Las Vegas and how that connects to my larger work on Vegas as a location of hyper tourism, continual self re-writing and arguably the endpoint of the American project.
With regard to poetry, a paper on the interrelations between the poetry of RS Thomas and Wallace Stevens that I presented at the British & Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference (QUB 15-17 September 2010) I am extending for publication, and I have proposed a paper on the relation between Elizabeth Bishop's poems 'At the Fishhouses' and 'The Monument' with Emersonian philosophy for MLA 2014.
An ongoing work that I am compiling is an illustrated biography of Dorothy Parker and I foresee other related, more academically focused pieces coming out of this research.
'Popular Literary Tastes' in Bryant Mangum, ed., F. Scott Fitzgerald In Context (Cambridge University Press, March 2013);
'Exile & the City: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Lost Decade"' in F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (May 2013, http://www.psupress.org/journals/jnls_Fitzgerald.html);
'Identity Politics in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train' in Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism;
'The Games Bond Plays' in Robert G. Weiner et al, eds. James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough (2010);
For RAE 2008, my main publications were the following 2 monographs:
At undergraduate level I currently teach on the Level 2 Introduction to American Writing module with my colleague Andrew Pepper and offer the Level 3 module American Fiction 1945-60 which examines fiction by William Maxwell, Chester Himes, Shirley Jackson, Jane Bowles, Paul Bowles, John Cheever, Wallace Stegner, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, Carson McCullers, Raymond Chandler, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, Bernard Malamud and John Updike.
At MA, my 12-week elective module American Poetry from Dickinson to Olds is available to students on the MA in Modern Poetry and the MA in Modern Literary Studies pathways. Students can choose to concentrate on a number of the following suggested poets & collections: Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems; Wallace Stevens, Harmonium and The Collected Poems; Sylvia Plath, Ariel; Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems; John Berryman, The Dream Songs; Mark Doty, Atlantis and The Sweet Machine;Sharon Olds, Blood, Tin, Straw; Donald Allen, ed., The New American Poetry, 1945-1960; Donald Allen & George Butterick, eds., The Postmoderns: the New American Poetry Revised.
At Ph.D. level I am currently supervising/co-supervising the following projects:
'Shades of Grey: The Vigilante Syndrome in Contemporary Fiction and Cinema'
'John McGahern: Community, Influence and Historical Revisionism'
'Joy and Joyless Work'
'A Cartography of Home'
I am interested in supervising projects in the following areas: American poetry, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction, contemporary American cultural studies, film, literatures of addiction, Temperance literature, Transcendentalism, the American West.
For RAE 2008 I collated the School of English documentation and drafted the RA5 narrative.
As Postgraduate Director of Education for the School, I authored English's submission as part of the University's successful bid for BGP1, assessors rating the School of English sections as the application's 'jewel in the crown'.
Management & Administration
2006-2010: Postgraduate Director of Education, Chair School Postgraduate Committee, Chair MA Examination Board, Member Postgraduate Advisory Board, Member School Management Board, Member University Academic Board
2010-2012: Chair School of English Examination Board
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
ISSNs (Electronic): 1755-6333
ISSNs (Electronic): 1469-5154
Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference
Activity: Public engagement and outreach › Festival/Exhibition
Activity: Public engagement and outreach › Schools engagement
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities