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. A book based on this thesis is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
I am currently teaching on American Literature to 1890, Part 1; Introduction to American Studies; Critical Approaches 1.
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
Freer, Joanna (2012) LSD, Leary and the political role of fantasy in Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Against the Day. In: Thomas Pynchon and the (de)vices of global (post)modernity. Studies in literature and culture (8). John Paul II Catholic University Press, Lublin, Poland. ISBN 9788377026106
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