My first book, The Quiet Contemporary American Novel, was published by Manchester University Press in December 2017. It is the first study to develop a theory of quiet as a narrative aesthetic in contemporary fiction and shows how, as a phrase, “the quiet novel” has a long and untraced history dating back to the 1860s in British and American periodicals.
Building on my first book and its intersection with gender studies and digital cultures, I am currently planning my second monograph, TMI: Towards a Poetics of Oversharing. This project reads a common poetics in contemporary experimental women’s fiction, revising and expanding existing scholarship on modern confessional writing to examine the as-yet undefined concept of oversharing and its relationship with gendered online identities.
My work covers a broad range of writers, including Marilynne Robinson, Teju Cole, Alice Munro, Lynne Tillman, Richard Powers, Elena Ferrante, Chris Kraus, Lydia Davis, Maggie Nelson, Jesmyn Ward, and Kathy Acker. Both projects also reflect my wider interest in autofiction and other forms of narrative in which narrative action is not predicated by narrative “event”.