Department: English and Centre for American Studies, University of Leicester
Research Area: Contemporary Literary Studies / Women's Writing.
PhD Thesis: Destabilising the Psychopath Narrative through US and Canadian Women's Writing
The project uses contemporary women's writing to unsettle the idea of psychopathy. Organising the thesis through genres where psychopathy tends to crop up in women's writing (speculative, gothic, transgressive, and witness fictions), I consider how women writers contribute to the historic pathologising and dehumanising of women, the lower classes, and people diagnosed with autism. Simultaneously, I contrast these with writers that problematise psychopathy and offer alternative ways of understanding human cruelty and violence.
I write on the following contemporary US and Canadian texts:
Maureen Medved's Black Star (2018)
Myriam Gurba's MEAN (2017)
Katherena Vermette's The Break (2016)
Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (2002)
Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake (2003) and MaddAddam (2013)
Gillian's Flynn's Gone Girl (2012)
Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003)
Co-organisor/Conference Chair for Midlands4Cities-funded conference: 'New Perspectives on Politics, Freedom, and Democracy' held at Stamford Court, Leicester, May 10, 2019 & Midlands3Cities and Rights Lab funded Human Rights Conference 2018 held at University of Birmingham, July 20, 2018.
Founder and host of The Book Club, a fortnightly public reading group based at The GreenHouse, a co-working space in Leeds.
Member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).
Member of the Modern Language Association (MLA).
Member of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS)
Medical Humanities (especially, ageing, autism, psychopathy)