A prolific and celebrated writer and visual artist, much of Douglas Coupland’s oeuvre is concerned with what it means to be living in the contemporary moment. My research investigates this aspect of Coupland’s work, especially his engagement with the politics of time. I was one of the organisers of the first international conference devoted to Coupland’s work, ‘Douglas Coupland and the Art of the “Extreme Present”‘.
You can find my writings on Coupland here:
- “Generation X: its tales about McJobs and information overload feel as poignant now as in 1990s“, The Conversation, March 2021. The article has since been republished in several news outlets, including Salon.
- “McJobs and Veal Fattening Pens: Work and Futurity in Generation X.” ASAP/J, “Thirty Years of Generation X” Thinking With cluster, November 2020. This piece is part of a cluster of essays celebrating the 2021 30-year anniversary of the publication of Generation X – you can find the other essays and a recorded roundtable on the novel here.
- “‘Every day is like Sunday’: Reading the Time of Lockdown via Douglas Coupland.” boundary 2 online, 13 May 2020.
- “After the Neoliberal Future”, in Diletta De Cristofaro, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times (Bloomsbury, 2020).
With Andrew Tate and Mary McCampbell, I organised the first conference devoted to Coupland’s work. You can find out more, including recorded sessions, on the conference website. We are currently working on an edited collection of essays about Coupland – watch this space!
Some of the talks I’ve given on Douglas Coupland are available in the talks section of this website.
If you’d like to read something I’ve written but don’t have access to it, do get in touch.