My office hours for 2016/17 will be Mondays 10-11 & Tuesdays 11-12.
If these times do not suit, please email me (email@example.com) to make an alternative appointment.
I currently serve as the EAAS representative for the Irish Association for American Studies and am a member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS; baas.ac.uk). I am also a member of the MLA (Modern Languages Association) and the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies).
I am currently preparing articles on Elizabeth Bishop, RS Thomas & Wallace Stevens, John Berryman, and Mark Doty ahead of REF2020. Further work on F Scott Fitzgerald's short stories from the 1930s will be appearing in The F Scott Fitzgerald Review in 2017.
Longer term, I am compiling an illustrated biography of Dorothy Parker and I foresee other related, more academically focused pieces coming out of this research.
Some recently completed journal articles include:
a discussion of the limits of poetic language in Middle Generation American poetry for the English journal (Winter 2013 http://english.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/eft038ijkey=iMUPSqttCqkv72u&keytype=ref);
an analysis of how Alcoholics Anonymous appropriated (almost unedited it would appear) swathes of nineteenth-century Temperance literature for (re)publication in its Big Book (Journal of American Studies, http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A88Cqmob);
Other recent publications include:
'Anne Sexton's Transformations' in Harold Bloom, ed. Anne Sexton (Blooms Modern Critical Views, 2015);
'Popular Literary Tastes' in Bryant Mangum, ed., F. Scott Fitzgerald In Context (Cambridge University Press, March 2013);
'Exile & the City: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Lost Decade"' in F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (October 2013, http://www.psupress.org/journals/jnls_Fitzgerald.html);
'The Games Bond Plays' in Robert G. Weiner et al, eds. James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough (2010);
For RAE 2008, my main publications were the following 2 monographs:
At undergraduate level I currently teach on the stage 2 Introduction to American Writing module and from 2016/17 will offer the stage 3 module Stevens & Bishop.
At MA, my 12-week elective module American Poetry from Dickinson to Olds is available to students on the MA in Modern Poetry and the MA in English Literary Studies pathways.
At Ph.D. level I am supervising/co-supervising the following projects:
'Marilynne Robinson: Theologian'
'Deviance in 1960s' American Fiction & Film'
'Breaking the "rule of silence": Speaking about Trauma in Contemporary Irish Fiction'
'Europe and Modernity in the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald'
I also recently supervised/co-supervised:
'John McGahern: Community, Influence and Historical Revisionism'
'The First Thing That Happens/The Next Thing That Happens'
'Two Camps/The American Family Elegy After 1995'
'Toward a Supreme Poetry: The Ecstatic Self in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath'
'Self-Reflexivity and Otherness in TS Eliot and Geoffrey Hill'
I am interested in supervising projects in the following areas: F. Scott Fitzgerald, twentieth-century American poetry, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction, contemporary American cultural studies, film, literatures of addiction, Temperance literature, Transcendentalism, the American West.
From January 2017, I will lead the AHSS Faculty project to introduce a Liberal Arts degree programme while also producing enhanced joint degree experiences for our students.
I am a recruitment ambassador for North America for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
I was the Director of Education in the School of English (2014-16), a member of the University's Courses and Regulations Committee and the AHSS Faculty DE on the Higher Education Review Group that prepared for Queen's institutional audit in November 2015.
For RAE 2008 I collated the School of English documentation and drafted the RA5 narrative.
As Postgraduate Director of Education for the School, I authored English's submission as part of the University's successful bid for BGP1.
Management & Administration
2006-2008: I collated and wrote the School of English RAE 2008 submission.
2006-2010: Postgraduate Director of Education, Chair School Postgraduate Committee, Chair MA Examination Board, Member Postgraduate Advisory Board, Member School Management Board, Member University Academic Board
2010-2012: Chair School of English Examination Board
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1755-6333
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-5154
Cambridge University Press
Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.133 SNIP 0.411
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