I am an AHRC funded PhD student at Keele University, specialising in postmodern and cosmopolitan transatlantic fiction. I completed my MA at Durham University in 2010. My Masters thesis examined the construction of post-national counter-spaces in the later works of Thomas Pynchon.
My current PhD research primarily explores David Mitchell‘s cosmopolitan, transnational fiction, explaining the transition in contemporary literature from postmodernism to cosmopolitanism. I aim to display how cosmopolitan fiction is taking post-millennial literature in a new direction by the dissolution of national boundaries. In order to present a truly transatlantic perspective to cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, I am also researching the fiction of Thomas Pynchon, Douglas Coupland, Joshua Ferris, Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith. The contemporary work of these authors, with their recent focus on evolving cultural contexts and globalization, displays a movement towards an increasingly cosmopolitan, transnational (and post-national) planet.
An edited version of my Masters dissertation is due to be published as an article in the academic journal ‘C21 Literature’ in 2014. I have been invited to join the board of the journal after acting as a reader for articles and book reviews this year, as well as delivering book reviews to a number of other publications.
I am an author and contributor to the Alluvium Journal – my new article will appear in Febraury 2013, revealing how social media and online forums dictated the structure of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
I am working towards beginning two academic books:
A Critical Companion to the Fiction of David Mitchell, and From Postmodernism to Postnationalism: A Study of Contemporary Fiction
I am hoping to set up an online Postgraduate Research forum at Keele University for students across several universities to be able to share and present their work in the form of an online journal.