Dr Joanna Freer
|Post:||Associate Tutor (American Studies, English)|
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I began my studies in English Literature with a BA, undertaken at the University of Sussex, before moving to London and studying for an MA at UCL.
In 2008 I returned to Sussex to work on my DPhil in American Literature, which was awarded in 2012.
I also studied for a year as an ERASMUS student at the Università di Roma Tre, in Italy, and I lived in Valencia, Spain for a year teaching English as a Foreign Language.
BA English with Italian (First) University of Sussex
MA English: Issues in Modern Culture (Distinction) University College London
DPhil in American History and Literature. University of Sussex
My DPhil thesis, entitled ""A little parenthesis of light": Pynchon and the Counterculture," aimed to demonstrate the strength of influence that the social and political climate of the 1960s had on the work of the American postmodern novelist Thomas Pynchon. I am currently developing a book based on this thesis, as well as pursuing further research interests in the field of postmodern literature.
I am currently teaching on American Literature Since 1890, Part II.
My office hour is from 11.15 - 12.15 on Tuesdays in B269.
Freer, Joanna (2012) Thomas Pynchon and the Black Panther Party: revolutionary suicide in Gravity's Rainbow. Journal of American Studies, 47 (1). pp. 171-188. ISSN 0021-8758