Room 1.24, Jessop West
Internal extension: 26295
I’m a lecturer in Modern Literature.
Until recently I studied and taught at the University of York.
My primary research interests are in modernism, literature and science and Irish Studies. I also maintain a secondary interest in contemporary poetry and poetics, having completed my MA thesis on John Berryman.
My doctoral research, recently completed at the University of York, addresses representations of the new physics, specifically the science of cosmology, in the work of Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. I aimed to explore each author's deliberate mapping of a changed relationship between the world and the artwork in the aftermath of revolutionary changes in the scientific perception of reality. I continue to be interested in relations between 'difficult' modernism and the complex universe uncovered by the new physics and am currently working to develop this project into a book. Key texts for my project included the famously enigmatic and strange works, Yeats's 'A Vision' and Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake', as well as Beckett's ‘Trilogy’.
For the 2012/2013 academic year I will teach on the following courses
- Lit107 Introduction to Advanced Literary Study
- Lit204 Criticism and Literary Theory
- Lit303 Contemporary Literature
- Lit302 Modern Literature
- ‘Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in Finnegans Wake II.1’ in Joyce Studies Annual 2011.
- ‘“In this Valley of Dying Stars”: Eliot’s Cosmology’ in Journal of Modern Literature, 35.3 (Spring), 2012.
- Review of Joyce’s Disciples Disciplined in James Joyce Broadsheet.
- Review of David Ben-Merre’s ‘“What points of contact existed between these languages?”: James Joyce, Albert Einstein, and Interdisciplinary Study’ in Journal of Literature and Science.
- Review of A Finnegans Wake Lextionary in James Joyce Broadsheet.
- ‘Beyond the Spectrum: Spectroscopy in Finnegans Wake II.1’, Annual Conference of the British Society for Literature and Science, Northumbria University, April 2010. Also delivered in a revised form at the XXII International James Joyce Symposium, Charles University, Prague, June 2010.
- ‘“Serve, Serve” it sang, and it sang that all day’: James Joyce and John Berryman’, Joycean Literature: Fiction and Poetry 1910-2010, Institute of English Studies, June 2011.
- ‘“Matrix of Surds”: The Astronomy of Chaos in Murphy’, Beckett: Out of the Archive, University of York, June 2011.
- ‘Animal States in the Epiphanies: Joyce Between Fiction and Non-Fiction’, Outside His Jurisfiction: Interrogating James Joyce’s Non-Fiction, March 2012.
- ‘Interrogating Joyce’s Non-Fiction’, Panel, International James Joyce Symposium, June 2012.
- ‘In this valley of dying stars’: Eliot’s Apocalyptic Cosmology’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, July 2012.
- ‘Joyce, Intertextuality and Debt’ (forthcoming), Joyce and Intertextuality, Official Panel of the International Joyce Foundation, MLA January 2013, Boston.