Research

My research interests include Anglophone African literature; memorialisation; trauma and culture; representations of conflict; diaspora and migrant writing; contemporary South African literature; post-9/11 American fiction and reportage.  I have published work that engages with postcolonial literature and theory, with a particular interest in contemporary African writing.  This is evidenced by my 2013 book on the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah (The Disorder of Things: A Foucauldian Approach to the Work of Nuruddin Farah), as well as articles on J.M. Coetzee, Dinaw Mengestu, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie amongst other writers.  I have also written on American authors such as Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan and Dana Spiotta.  In addition, I am interested in writing by and about Barack Obama, visions of apocalypse and/or imagining 'end times', security, biopolitics, risk and threat in contemporary American culture, be it in literary, filmic or theoretical contexts, as well as representations of 'the global War on Terror'.  This directly relates to the international collaborative project I am involved in, 'Fictions of Threat: Security, Speculation and Surviving the Now.'  This is an interdiscipinary network of scholars, co-ordinated by colleagues at Sussex, the University of Uppsala and the University of the Witwatersrand.  I am currently working on a book looking at contemporary African and American diasporic fiction in relation to the Obama presidency.  I would welcome MA and PhD proposals in any of the above and associated areas.