Home

I’m a Research Fellow at Northumbria University (UK). I write about contemporary literature and culture. I’m particularly interested in North American and British writings responding to twenty-first-century anxieties and crises that range from climate breakdown and other apocalyptic threats for my first book to the sleep crisis for my second book project. My research considers the understandings of time underlying these crises and, more broadly, how articulations of time are integral to support or critique power structures.

My first book, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury. You can read the book’s introduction here. You can find out more about my other published projects here.

My new research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis: 24/7 Capitalism and Neoliberal Subjectivity”, has recently attracted funding from the Wellcome Trust (Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science) and the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). You can find out more about this project here.

My essays and reviews have appeared in journals and magazines like Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Open Library of Humanities, boundary 2 online, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing, Altre Modernità, Ransom Center Magazine, and edited collections published by Palgrave and Cambridge University Press.

News:

I’m organising Forty Winks Café, an online event, free and open to all, on health, sleep and contemporary culture. Part of Being Human Festival 2020, the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities. Register here.


With Contemporary Studies Network, I’m organising the online workshop and conference ‘Canons and Values in Contemporary Literary Studies’ on 12th December. CFP here and registration here.


With Andrew Tate and Mary McCambell, I’m organising an online conference on 23-24 April 2021 on Canadian writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland. You can find the CFP on the conference website.


I have a new book chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteen Eighty Four, exploring the politics of memory and archives in the novel.


I have a new book chapter in 21 Century US Historical Fiction, exploring David Means’ alternate history novel Hystopia.