- My first book, Art, History, and Postwar Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), explores the ways in which novelists have engaged with visual art from 1945 to the present day. In chapters on Samuel Beckett, William Gaddis, John Berger, and W. G. Sebald, and shorter discussions of writers like Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, and Teju Cole, it shows the ways in which visual art, from abstraction to the photographic readymade, provided novelists with means to rethink the relationship between the novel and history beyond models of contextualization or determination, and thus to create fictions which explore literature’s own modes of historicity and contemporaneity.
I am currently at work on a new book project, provisionally entitled Telling Time: History, Time, and The Novel, that aims to offer a new theory of the relationship between history and the novel by focusing on the relationship between fictional forms and the temporalities that have been widely used to understand history since 1945: lateness, the extended present, the series, and the event. Work from this project has been published in Modern Language Quarterly.
I have published widely on modern and contemporary literature in the Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/modernity, Tate Papers and Textual Practice: on figures from T. S. Eliot to Doris Lessing; on topics in visual studies such as conceptualism and photography theory; and on contemporary fictional forms