Emma Sullivan

Thesis title: Satire and Solutionism in the fiction of George Saunders


Emma completed her BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, and her MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. Her PhD is funded by an AHRC grant.

Emma served as co-editor of Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts from June 2015 - May 2016, and edited Issues 20, ‘Public/Private’, (with Sarah Bernstein) and 21, 'Ideological Conflict' (with Matthew Tibble). 

Research summary

Emma's research is on contemporary American comic writing, thus far focussing on the work of George Saunders, Miranda July and Donald Antrim. 

(2016). “A little theatrical but mostly athletic”: The mutable erotics of Miranda July’s The First Bad Man. Cogent Arts & Humanities, 3(1), 1256115. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311983.2016.1256115

(2014, November 24). Miranda July: Interrupting the conventions of the personal. http://www.metamodernism.com/2014/11/24/miranda-july-interrupting-the-conventions-of-the-personal/