B.A., Hons. (Alberta), M.A. & Ph.D. (Queen's)
Office: Arts 415
Teaching & Supervision
I have taught undergraduate courses on American literature, Gothic literature, short fiction, and cultural studies, as well as graduate seminars on American literature and culture.
I have supervised an eclectic range of graduate projects, including ones on Philip K. Dick, Battlestar Galactica, Washington Irving, vampires, animals, Don DeLillo, and Robocop. I welcome projects that explore canonical American literature and, equally, that intersect a variety of representational modes and disciplines. I am willing to work on an array of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literatures, forms, and issues, and I encourage the use of multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.
I am the author of Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature (2009), a book that examines depictions of mobility and intoxication in the work of writers such as William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, and Alex Garland.
I am currently at work on a research project studying junctures between literature, film, photography, and atomic bombs in mid-twentieth-century American literature and culture.
Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature. New York: Routledge, 2009.
"'Hiroshima is Peanuts': The Strange Landscape of The Day After." Arizona Quarterly. forthcoming.
"The Biographies of J. Robert Oppenheimer: Desert Saint or Destroyer of Worlds." Biography 35.3 (2012): 492-515.
"La drogue et le journal de voyage contemporain." ["Drugs and the Contemporary Travelogue."] Drogues, santé et société 11.1 (2012): 1-18.
"Mapping Authorship: Overhead Cartography in Paul Auster's City of Glass." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 36.4 (2009): 381-398.
"The 'Peculiar Glare of Recognition': Drunkenness and the Southern Gothic in Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away." Gothic Studies 11.2 (2009): 63-73.
"Trafficking Trips: Drugs and the Anti-Tourist Novels of Hunter S. Thompson and Alex Garland." Studies in Travel Writing 11.2 (2007): 127-53.
"Cormac McCarthy: The Road." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2011. http://www.litencyc.com/