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At the University of Notre Dame, I research, teach, and write about literature and culture of the long twentieth century, with an emphasis on fiction of the former British Commonwealth. My work on British and Anglophone literature is deeply informed by postcolonial studies, modernist studies, gender studies, spatial theory, and cultural geography.

I’m currently completing a book on gendered identities and London spaces in British and colonial narratives from the 1880s through the 1930s. In this study, I argue that modernist experimentation was thematically and formally shaped by widespread debates about women’s increasing public presence as workers and pleasure seekers in the city. Portions of this project have been published as essays and book chapters on George Gissing, Amy Levy, Una Marson, and Virginia Woolf.

I’m also working on a second book-length project on air power and aerial views in British and Anglophone writing from the early twentieth century to the present. The invention of the airplane transformed the possibilities for communication and travel, but it also introduced new modes of warfare and imperial control. In this project, I explore how the airplane held in tension new ways of seeing others: freedom from the limitations of earth-bound, parochial perspectives and a dangerous sense of mastery derived from a view from above.

Some recent publications:

“London Calling: Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene.” Virginia Woolf and the Common(weath) Reader: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Woolf Conference. Eds. Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies. Clemson University Digital Press, 2014. 107-14.

“Air War, Propaganda, and Woolf’s Anti-Tyranny Aesthetic.” Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 (2013): 53-82.

“Two Paths for Women’s Writing in Modernist Studies.” Special issue on “The Future of Women’s Literature in Modernist Studies.” Literature Compass 10.1 (2013): 30-37.

Ed. and intro, with Sarah Cornish Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Clemson University Digital Press, 2010.

“‘We Are Photographers, Not Mountebanks!’: Spectacle, Commercial Space, and the New Public Woman.” Amy Levy: Critical Essays. Ed. Naomi Hetherington and Nadia Valman. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2010. 25-46.

Some recent courses taught:

  • Habits of Modernity: Gender, Mobility, and the Everyday (graduate-level)
  • Literature and Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone Literature
  • Writing India
  • Literary Modernism
  • Contemporary British Fiction and Adaptation
  • Imagining the Modern City
  • London, World City
  • Narrating the Nation: Literature, Nation, Representation
  • Gender, Race, and Empire in Victorian Fiction
  • Twentieth-Century Literature by Women
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Writing and Rhetoric

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