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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Academics in Archives', University College London
'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
'Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive', University of Liverpool
'Anthony Burgess: The Writer and His World', International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester