I joined the English Department in 2015. I teach a range of courses in British literature, Victorian literature, and queer studies.
My research focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of minor genres, such as notes, fragments, and aphorisms. My book manuscript is Notework: The Labor of Nonlinear Style 1829-1923, which argues that the nineteenth-century writer’s notebook is best understood as a genre unto itself. Through examinations of the notes of Charles Darwin, Oscar Wilde, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others, I show how notebooks function as shelters for inconsequential writings that also express utopian social desires. While we tend to read notes as the rudiments of other, more recognizable genres (novels, lyrics, etc&) I argue that by understanding them as aesthetically distinct we can better describe the attractions and pitfalls of piecemeal literacy. As such they offer a counterpoint to twenty-first century digital reading and writing.
I have also started a new project, #barthes: Mythologies of the Fragment, which considers Roland Barthes’s lifelong obsession with fragmentary writing (i.e. writing in short bursts of prose) as an aesthetic precursor to social media.
PhD, University of Toronto (2014)