Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow
I've come to Edinburgh from the University of Sheffield, where I worked as a lecturer in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Before that, I taught at Queen's University Belfast, where I had a special concentration in nineteenth and twentieth century American writing, contemporary global fictions, and critical theory.
Literature at the Borders
I'm interested in the construction of the contemporary canon and the need to reevaluate what this means beyond the 'post-45' model. I'm working on a project that seeks to redress the gender blindness of the concept of 'postmodernism' and to account for the purported resurgence of 'difficulty' in contemporary literary fiction (a troubled category in its own right). This connects to the more general expansion of neoliberalism as a critical and contextual concept and its nascent use as a form of literary periodisation. My doctoral thesis looked at the relationship between creativity, happiness (or 'wellbeing'), and neoliberalism in a transatlantic literary context, exploring work from England, France, and America. More recently I have returned to contemporary Irish fiction as a point of interest, somewhat to my surprise. I like most books, particularly the ones I least understand.
I have published and forthcoming articles in C21, Textual Practice, and Contemporary Women's Writing, as well as a chapter on Kurt Cobain, riot grrrl, Kathy Acker, and William Burroughs for Lit-Rock: Literary Capital in Popular Music, published by Bloomsbury Academic. That one was fun to write.