About

I am a critic and researcher based in Glasgow. cropped-headshot-photo.jpeg

I completed my PhD, entitled “Between Times: 21st Century American Fiction and the ‘Long Sixties’” at the University of Glasgow, where I now teach. I am currently working on my first book. I received an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow in 2010, and a BA (Hons) in Film and Television Studies from Roehampton University in 2004. I am an editor for the Glasgow Review of Books and my book reviews and criticism have appeared in 3:am Magazine, Review31, Gutter: The Magazine of New Scottish Writing, TheState, and The List. (You can see a full list in the Criticism and Reviews section here).

I research “the Sixties” in contemporary American fiction. Since the mid-1990s, there has been sustained interest by writers in returning to, reappraising, and historicizing the social, political, and cultural upheavals of the Sixties, particularly the extended period between Kennedy’s assassination and the end of the Vietnam War. This period has attracted writers from different generations (from those born in the 1930s to the 1970s), but I am particularly interested in the work of authors whose sensibility might be described as “post-postmodern.” In my research, I aim to: (1) consider these works in terms of recent scholarship on historical and neo-historical fiction, examining the way these writers approach the process of historicizing the period and showing how this reveals their understanding of history and temporal experience; (2) illustrate how returning to the Sixties entails for these writers a reassessment of postmodernism, as well as demonstrating how returning to the Sixties helps them tentatively mark out a post-postmodern aesthetics.