I am an active researcher focusing on twentieth century and contemporary Anglo-American literature, particularly the work of David Foster Wallace, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Anthony Burgess. I have worked extensively on the evolution of postmodern literature, looking at theories of influence and intertextuality in order to chart a millennial shift in the preoccupations of these novelists. I am also interested in public engagement, and how literary scholarship can connect with diverse audiences.

research

present

Publications Officer, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

In this position I assist the editorial team and the volume editors of the Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess. I also undertake other publishing project with the aim of bringing Burgess’s books back in to print and editing critical writing about Burgess’s writing.

2016-2018

Research and Public Engagement Fellow, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

This role is designed to manage the research activities of the Foundation in the lead up to and throughout the Anthony Burgess Centenary in 2017.

2015-2017

Associate Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

This is an invitation-only position, designed to support the original research of established scholars.

2014-2015

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

I was the primary researcher on the English Literary Heritage Project. The goal of this project was to research new ways literary archives, houses and museums could display manuscripts and other objects of value to a general public audience.

2013

AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

This post-doctoral position was designed to link early-career researchers and their work with a diverse audience. In this role, I interpreted the Anthony Burgess Archive into a variety of media, including podcasts, blog posts, an exhibition, a web resource and several public talks. Some of this work can be found on the International Anthony Burgess Foundation's website.

2013

Doctoral Thesis: 'The Gathering of a Force: David Foster Wallace's Millennial Fictions and the Literature of Replenishment', Manchester Metropolitan University

This thesis charts the postmodern fin de siècle in North American fiction, through close scrutiny of David Foster Wallace's writing, and his engagement with twentieth-century literary development. Through examination of the 'blank generation' fictions of Douglas Coupland, Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney, and establishing the lineage of Wallace's own influences, such as John Barth and Don DeLillo, this thesis demonstrates that Wallace's writing is distinct from that of his contemporaries and explores his ambition to move American literature beyond its reliance on established tropes of postmodern expression.

teaching

2016

Co-ordinator, Manchester Metropolitan University Creative Writing Summer School

The Creative Writing Summer School is two days of workshops, talks, seminars, readings and social events designed for postgraduate students to both learn about different aspects of Creative Writing and meet industry professionals.

2008-2014

Associate Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University

I primarily teach twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and Creative Writing, and have taught on courses including: Contemporary American Writing; British Literature Postwar to Present; The History of Text Transmission; Writing in Genres; Prose Workshop and Writing Skills.

selected presentations

2017

‘Orpheus in Rome: Classical Mythology in Anthony Burgess’s Beard’s Roman Women’, Anthony Burgess Centenary Conference, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

2016

'Academics in Archives', University College London

2015

'English Literary Heritage: The Future of Public Engagement', School of Advanced Study, University of London

'Russian Holiday: Anthony Burgess in Leningrad, 1961', School of Advanced Study, University of London

'Decoding Archival Correspondence', School of Advanced Study, University of London

2014

'Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive', University of Liverpool

2013

'Anthony Burgess: The Writer and His World', International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester