Waltham, MA 02454 USA
US literature and culture since 1900 * critical theory * film and media studies * 21st-century writing * global studies
RESEARCH (see also CV)
-Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press, 2013)
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-Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright (Iowa 2010)
-The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s (Duke 1998)
-Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique (co-ed., SUNY 2002)
-On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization (co-ed., SUNY 2006)
In the Works:
-Orphan Stories (in progress). A dissection of the most common contemporary fantasies about children growing up without the care of their biological parents.
-Politics and the Green Novel: Eco-fiction in English since 1980 (in progress). A group of essays on environmentalist versions of the political novel.
ENG 277: Childhood and the Modern Novel
Authors to include: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, Ngugi wa Th'iongo, Ian MacEwan, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Ben Okri, J.M. Coetzee
ENG 60b: The Films of Disney
ENG 28a: Contemporary Environmental Writing
For 2015, focuses on climate fiction—J.G. Ballard, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, and others. Some consideration of dystopian film as well.
New film course: Representing Poverty
-traces the visual language used in global cinema to represent people living in extreme poverty. Begins with mid-century neo-realist classics (The Bicycle Thief, Los Olvidados) but concentrates on contemporary alternatives to realism (City of God, Slumdog Millionaire, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and others).
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