Teaching

I teach, or have taught, courses on modernist and contemporary literature, short fiction, creative writing, as well as criticism and theory. I am interested in supervising MA and doctoral candidates keen to study canonical modernists such as Joyce, Stein, or Beckett, and/or lesser-known modernists including Mina Loy, Kurt Schwitters, Ivy Compton-Burnett, and Henry Green. Further interests include contemporary vanguard poets, and particularly Anna Mendelssohn, whose archive I brought to Sussex in 2010. Satire, dissent, affectivity, abjection, and everydayness are key research areas in my own work; I welcome students interested in poetics, avant-garde theory and movements such as Dada, or the relationship between philosophy and literature.

At present, I am supervising doctoral candidates studying depictions of space in 1940s literature, hosting and phenomenology, literary criticism, feminism, monstrosity, transgression, bathos, and imprisonment. The various figures these studies encompass include Mina Loy, Beckett, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Hannah Hoch, Q.D. Leavis, Bataille, Merleau-Ponty, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, and Anna Mendelssohn.