My office hours for Spring semester 2018 are Mondays 12-1 & Thursdays 11-12.
If these times do not suit, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 REF2021. Further work on F Scott Fitzgerald's short stories from the 1930s will be appearing in The F Scott Fitzgerald Review in 2017/18.
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 publications include:
'The Bestseller and the Blockbuster Mentality' in Kirk Curnutt, ed. American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2018);
'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);
'After Thirty Falls': New Essays on John Berryman, ed. with Philip Coleman (Rodopi, 2007);
'Reading Fitzgerald Reading Keats' in William Blazek and Laura Rattray, eds. Twenty-First Century Readings of Tender is The Night (University of Chicago Press, 2007);
Anne Sexton & Middle Generation Poetry: The Geography of Grief (Praeger, 2004);
At undergraduate level I currently teach on the stage 2 Introduction to American Writing module and 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: Elizabeth Bishop, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, 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 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: Research › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Research › Article
Research output: Research - peer-review › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1755-6333
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-5154
Cambridge University Press
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.17 SJR 0.171 SNIP 0.363
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities