20th Century American Literature & Culture, Modernism, African American Literature, Southern Studies
Office: RH 227
- Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno; 2004
- M.A. University of Nevada, Reno; 2000
- B.A. University of Reading, England; 1993
- Modernist, Southern & African American Literature; Blues, Jazz and Popular Music between the World Wars; the Golden Age of Hollywood.
My research operates at the intersections between modernist, southern, and African American literatures and cultures. I explore the interrelationships between canonical literary texts and such forms as historiography, film, and, above all, popular music, elucidating intertextual, interdisciplinary, and interracial dialogues in American culture of the first half of the twentieth century. My amphitextual readings explore the ways in which culture creates and shapes textual meaning while also emphasizing the inherent value and complexities of the text itself, whether literary or popular.
I have published on such writers and artists as William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Charley Patton, Alexander Woollcott, Willa Cather, and Billie Holiday.
Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2015. Forthcoming.
Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone With the Wind. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008.
Winner of the Jules & Frances Landry Award
Articles and Book Chapters
“Screwball Curves and Blues Licks: Hollywood Comedy and African American Music in Faulkner and Hurston.” Faulkner and Hurston. Ed. Christopher Rieger and Andrew Leiter. Cape Girardeau: Southeast Missouri State UP, 2016.