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Name: Edward Jackson

PhD: David Foster Wallace's Hideous Neoliberal Spermatics (awarded December 2018). 

Thesis Description: My thesis examines the relationship between male sexuality and political economy in the work of David Foster Wallace. I explore how his texts’ ‘spermatic economies’ (Barker-Benfield, 1976) complexly endorse and legitimate various aspects of neoliberalism; whether envisaged as a cultural dominant with particular rationalities or as a set of specific economic logics. As such, in addition to offering the first sustained consideration of male sexuality across Wallace’s oeuvre, my project reconceptualises his work’s relationship to neoliberalism as one defined by complicity as much as it is by critique – and particularly when it comes to sex. I am currently under contract with Bloomsbury Academic to publish this thesis as a monograph.

Supervisors and Institution(s) 

Dr Sara K Wood (University of Birmingham)

Dr Rex Ferguson (University of Birmingham)

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • (With Joel Nicholson-Roberts) 'White Guys: Questioning Infinite Jest's New Sincerity', Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, 5.1 (2017). Web.
  • (With Tony Venezia and Xavier Marco del Pont) 'Introduction - Supposedly Fun Things: A David Foster Wallace Special Issue', Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, 5.1 (2017). Web.
  • Reviews of various scholarly books for Journal of American Studies, Journal of Popular Culture, 49th Parallel, and USSO.

Collections Edited

  • 2017: With Dr. Tony Venezia and Dr. Xavier Marco del Pont, ‘Supposedly Fun Things: A David Foster Special Issue’. Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, vol. 5, issue 1. URL:

Research Interests

  • Postmodern and contemporary U.S. fiction
  • Literatures of ageing and the idea of 'late' style 
  • Developments in metafiction since the 1980s
  • Creative representations of sex and economics
  • The 'Golden Age of Porn' (1969-1984) in U.S. Culture 

Teaching Experience

University of Birmingham

  • January – April, 2019. 
    Visiting Lecturer, Third Year and Postgraduate module: ‘African American Freedom’
  • October 2018 – January 2019
    Tutor for Academic Writing Advisory Service, College of Arts and Law.
  • October – December 2016
    Teaching Assistant, First Year module: ‘Introduction to Canadian Studies B’.

University of Wolverhampton

  • September 2013 – Present.
    Visiting Lecturer, First, Second, and Third Year modules: ‘Popular Culture’; ‘Literature and Identity’; ‘Terrible Beauty: Adventures in the Gothic’; ‘Poetry – Genres in History’; ‘Myth and Literature’; ‘Unpopular Texts’; ‘Brief Encounters: Narrative & Form in Short Fiction’; ‘Popular Texts’; ‘Shakespeare and the English Renaissance’.

Awards and Funding

  • September 2014 – September 2017: AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
  • 2015; 2016; 2017 (twice): Film Hub South West & West Midlands Bursary

Research and Editorial Roles

  • August 2018 – December 2019: Research assistant for Flatpack Project’s ‘Birmingham 68’ history project. As a research assistant for this project I have undertaken extensive archival work and received training in oral history interviewing and podcast production.
  • September 2015 – April 2017: Guest general editor at Orbit: A Journal of American Literature. URL:
  • September 2014 – April 2017: Reviews editor at 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies. URL:

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 2018: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (application in process)
  • Since September 2017: The International David Foster Wallace Society
  • Since September 2014: British Association for American Studies

Recent Papers and Invited Talks

  • 13th February 2019: Invited Talk, ‘Why did David Foster Wallace welcome AIDS?’, English and Creative Writing, University of Northampton (proposal accepted).

Conferences Organised

  •  19th June 2015: ‘Money Talks: Inequality and North American Identity’. Co-organised as part of 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies. University of Nottingham.
  • 7th February 2015: ‘Supposedly Fun Things: A Colloquium on the Writing of David Foster Wallace’. Co-organised with Dr Tony Venezia and Dr Xavier Marco del Pont. Birkbeck, University of London.

Public Writings and Publications

Book Chapters

  • February 2019 (forthcoming): ‘Occupation Tonight!’, in Birmingham 68, Flatpack Projects

Articles and Reviews

  • 5th December 2018. ‘When Yoko Ono Came to Birmingham’. Flatpack Projects. Available at:
  • June 2013 – September 2018: Writer for The Electrolyte, The Electric Cinema, Birmingham. I have written over 100 reviews, introduced films, and interviewed industry professionals.
  • 2014 – 2018: I have written various reviews of academic books for publications such as Journal of American Studies, The Journal of Popular Culture, Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, and The Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies.


Public Engagements

  • 16th December 2018. Interview and audience Q&A with film director Alice Lowe, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham.
  • 15th November 2018. Interview and audience Q&A with film director Matthew Holness, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham.
  • 28th July 2017. Interview and audience Q&A with film director Gareth Tunley, The Electric Cinema, Birmingham.

Social Media Presence 

  • None, hopefully. 





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