Ph.D., Duke University
American literature and culture since 1900, social theory, media studies, globalization, contemporary Anglophone fiction.
"The Space of Genre in the New Green Novel," Routledge, 2014. (Free access for up to 50 readers.)
Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright, University of Iowa Press, 2010.
On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization, co-editor, State University of New York Press, 2005.
Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique, co-editor, State University of New York Press, 2002.
The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.
Articles and reviews in American Literary History, Global Ordering (UBC 2008), Profession, Genre, The Novel and the American Left (Iowa 2004), altx.com, American Quarterly, South Atlantic Quarterly, American Literature, Essays on Canadian Writing, Modernism/Modernity, Polygraph, Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (M.E. Sharpe 2003), World Bank Literature (Minnesota 2002), Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Essays (New Mexico 1999), and other journals and collections.
Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, December 2013)
This project describes, explains and evaluates the 21st-century resurgence of the political novel. I show how recent contributions to five major genres (the migration narrative, the Peace Corps thriller, the national allegory, the revolutionary novel, and the expatriate satire) point toward the emergence of a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. This form updates the political novel for the interconnected, global environment of the new millennium. Of the more than 125 authors whose work I have examined for this study, some of my favorites are Helon Habila, Gary Shteyngart, Norman Rush, Madison Smartt Bell, Dinaw Mengestu, Aleksandar Hemon, Chloe Aridjis, and Pankaj Mishra.
Read the first chapter for free on the Columbia University Press webpage.
I am mainly examining novels, films and television programs released since 2008. I'm asking how these works use the orphan's story to accelerate or retard our understanding of capitalism as a world system. The orphan story is always, in part, about severe economic inequality, I argue--though it is told in a number of divergent ways. Works considered include those by Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Millet, Denis Johnson, Adam Johnson, and many more.
Green Politics and the Novel: Eco-Fiction in English since 1980
I am also currently writing some essays on the rise of a specifically environmentalist version of the political novel in English-language fiction published since 1980.
Fulbright Lecturer, Czech Republic, 2003-2004.
Selected Courses Taught
Cyber-Theory (ENG 101b)
The Rock and Roll Novel (ENG 177b)
American Fiction since 1945 (ENG 187a)
American Writers and World Affairs (ENG 187b)
American Literature After Television (ENG 217a)
Copyright and Contemporary American Writing (ENG 217b)
21st-Century American Literature (ENG 8a)