My main completed research project to date has focussed on the contemporary post-apocalyptic imagination. Today, we tend to think about the apocalypse as a catastrophe of overwhelmingly dystopian consequences but, traditionally, apocalyptic narratives concern the advent of a utopian world at the end of history. My research investigates what is at stake in this shift to a dystopian apocalyptic imagination by theorising the significance of time in the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel.
Edited Journal Special Issues:
- “Thirty Years of Generation X” Thinking With multimedia cluster in ASAP/J (2020), co-curated with Andrew Tate and Mary McCampbell.
- “The Literature of the Anthropocene”, a special issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing (2018), co-edited with Daniel Cordle.
- “Station Eleven and Twenty-First-Century Writing”, a special issue of Open Library of Humanities (2018), co-edited with Daniel King.
Public Engagement Events Organised:
Featured public engagement event
Other public engagement events
- Contemporary Studies Network US Election Night: screening of You’ve Been Trumped Too & panel discussion. Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, November 2016.
- 2015-16: U.S. Studies Online #Bookhour, Twitter discussions between scholars and the public on selected novels.
Conferences and Workshops Organised:
Other conferences and workshops
- March 2021, “Reflections on Research: The Pandemic and Beyond“, British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies Virtual Seminar.
- June 2019-December 2020 “Canons and Values in Contemporary Literary Studies”, series of three one-day events at the University of Birmingham (virtual), University of Southampton and UCL.
- BACLS (British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies) Virtual Conference 2020, “Crisis in Contemporary Writing”.
- “New Research on American Literature and Neoliberalism”, Edinburgh Napier University, 2019.
- Contemporary Studies Network Workshop: “Contemporary Canonicity: Or, What Not to Read”, BACLS What Happens Now 2018, Loughborough University.
- “500 Years of Utopia”, University of Nottingham, 2016.
- 2016-18, Contemporary Studies Network’s bi-monthly reading groups on new theoretical approaches to contemporary studies.
- “Money Talks: Inequality and North-American Identity”, University of Nottingham, 2015.
- “Forgotten Voices: Imperatives of Memory and the Vagaries of History in American Culture, from Settlement to 1900”, University of Nottingham, 2012.