At Yale, I have taught or hope to teach courses on modernism, literary and critical theory, and contemporary cinema. I am also a co-organizer of Utopia after Utopia, a research initiative on contemporary post-socialist critical theory and art practice. My first book, Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character (Oxford UP, forthcoming fall 2016), discusses an odd group of characters–found across the long history of the French and British novel–that simplify in the course of a narrative, instead of deepening and expanding. My second book, entitled Spaces of Feeling (Cornell UP, forthcoming in 2017) studies representations of intersubjective affective awareness and unawareness in early- to mid-twentieth-century American, British, and French fiction and poetry. In addition to my academic work, I write literary and cultural criticism for publications such as n+1, Jacobin, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Post45 (Contemporaries), MAKE Literary Magazine, and Boston Review. I am a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, which I joined as a Junior Fellow in 2013.
B.A. Harvard University 2009
M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2011; 2013)
Twentieth- and twenty-first century American, British, and French literature; critical theory and art practice in post-socialist countries; eighteenth-century British and French literature; contemporary cinema; the novel; philosophy; theories of new media.
The Object Emotions Dossier, symplokē 24.1 (2016), co-edited with Padma Maitland and Christopher P. Miller, forthcoming.
The Affect Theory Dossier (ed.), Qui Parle 20.2 (2012): 1-182. [Project Muse]
Essays and Articles:
“The Novel and the Cloud,” Poetics Today 38.4 (2017), forthcoming.
“The Novel and Character,” The Cambridge Companion to the Novel, ed. Eric Bulson (New York, NY: Cambridge UP, 2016), forthcoming.
“GeoGuessr’s Digital Pilgrimages,” Room One Thousand 3 (2015): 117-121. [eScholarship]
“Novel,” Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly, 2 revised edition (New York, NY: Oxford UP, 2014).
“Comedy of Abandon: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia,” Film Quarterly 65.4 (2012): 21-26. [JSTOR]
“Bounding the Self: Ethics, Anxiety, and Personhood in Samuel Beckett’s Fiction,” Journal of Modern Literature 34.2 (2011): 76-96. [Project Muse]
“‘Frightful Spectacles of a Mangled King’: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and Narration Through Theater,” New Literary History 39.2 (2008): 321-334. [Project Muse]
Works in Progress
I am currently at work on a new project on the phenomenology of contemporary media culture, tentatively called Signs of Life.