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American Literature and Culture


Christina Britzolakis, BA (Witwatersrand), MPhil, DPhil. (Oxford) – Associate Professor

Modernism in its cultural, historical and geographical contexts. More broadly, late 19th, 20th and 21st century writing, with a particular focus on the modernist moment and its legacies. Her book, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning, situates Plath’s poetry and prose in relation to modernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and Cold War culture. She has also published articles on a wide range of twentieth-century authors. Her current project is a book on modernism and peripheral Europe. She is also working on a study of the consequences of the 'spatial turn' in the humanities for literary study.

Daniel Katz, BA (Reed), PhD (Stanford) - Associate Professor

Modernism and post-modernism; psychoanalysis, philosophy, and critical theory; transatlantic literary studies; poetry, the lyric subject, and autobiographical constructions. Recent research has emphasized expatriation, translation, exoticism, multilingualism, and constructions of native and foreign in Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Jack Spicer, among others. His current research focuses on various twentieth-century elaborations of a poetics of interference. He is also a member of the Literature and Psychoanalysis research group, the Modern and Contemporary Literature research group, and the Critical Theory research group.

Nicholas Lawrence, BA (Harvard), MA, PhD (New York at Buffalo) - Associate Professor

American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, especially within an international context; Hawthorne and Whitman; Marxism, the Frankfurt School and critical media theory; post-9/11 literary and graphic culture; contemporary innovative poetry and poetics. Recent work includes articles on Whitman, Hawthorne, Frank O'Hara, Ronald Johnson, and American gothic; current research focuses on the politics of metropolitan and international encounter in modern American poetry, public vs. private writing in nineteenth century America, and international relations in modernist poetics. He has edited a special feature on the work of Bruce Andrews for Jacket magazine and has co-edited a bilingual anthology of innovative North American poetry for the Casa de Letras in Havana. He is co-editor, with Marta Werner, of Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (American Philosophical Society). He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

Stephen Shapiro, BA (Williams), MA, PhD (Yale) - Professor

Writing and the culture of the United States, particularly pre-twentieth century; marxism and cultural materialism; British cultural studies; formations of gender and sexuality; literary theory; world-systems analyses. More broadly, late Enlightenment, nineteenth and twentieth century narrative. His publications include: The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading the Atlantic World-System (Penn State, 2008); How to Read Marx's Capital (Pluto, 2008) and, How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish (with Anne Schwan, Pluto, 2011); the collection, Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic (with Philip Barnard and Mark L. Kamrath, Tennessee, 2004) and critical editions (Hackett) of Charles Brockden Brown: Edgar Huntly: or Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (2006); Arthur Mervyn, or Memoirs of the Year 1793 (2008); Wieland; or, The Transformation(2009) and Ormond; or the Secret Witness (2009). Forthcoming (with Philip Barnard) edition of Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women (Hackett, 2013); (with Philip Barnard) Oxford Handbook on Charles Brockden Brown (Oxford UP, 2014). He is also working with Philip Barnard on a new translation of The Productive Body by Guerry and Deleule. His next monograph has a working title of From Gothic to God: Paranormal Capitalism in Evangelical Antebellum America. He is also working on a manuscript tentatively entitled The Anticapitalist Foucault. He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

Mark Storey, BA (UWE), MA (Manchester), PhD (Nottingham) - Assistant Professor

American writing; in particular U.S. imperialism and literature since the late eighteenth century, classical reception in the U.S., cultural geography and 'regionalism', genre fiction (gothic, including film, and the historical novel), travel writing, and the field of time/temporality studies as it relates to American literary history. He has written on a number of American writers including Mark Twain, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Dean Howells, and Gore Vidal. Publications include the monograph Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age American Literature (OUP, 2013), and essays in Modernism/modernity, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Studies in American Fiction, amongst others. He is also a member of the Postcolonial and World-Literary Studies research group.