I am a Lecturer in English at Cardiff University. I specialise in 20th century American literature, with a particular focus on postwar visual culture and the practices and politics of reading.
My work is interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on visual culture, feminist theory, critical race studies, psychoanalysis and poetics, especially in an American context. I am particularly interested in new formations of character and affect in contemporary literature, feminist-marxist critiques of social reproduction, and the relationship between empathy, slippery characters and the liberal subject in postwar literature.
My first book, The Lyric's Family Forms: Postwar American Poetics and the Unmaking of Childhood, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury.
I am currently working on two related projects: a study of narrative and lyric forms that emerge from new forms of complicity in postwar America and a project on reading faces in American literature–which looks at the relationship between new forms of identification and character formation, and, in particular, at how fugitive characters evade the race/technology bind of facial recognition.
I was born and educated in London, and was awarded my PhD from UCL in 2018. Following the completion of my studies, I taught widely in twentieth-century literature, psychoanalysis, and race, gender and feminist studies at UCL and Queen Mary, University of London. I moved to Cardiff in January 2020 to assume the post of Lecturer.