Work in Progress
I am currently at work on two larger publication projects and a few shorter pieces:
- I have started work on a short book entitled Literature and the Anthropocene. The project is under contract with Routledge and will be published in the Literature and Contemporary Thought series. In contrast to most available scholarship on literature and the Anthropocene, this book not only foregrounds environmental themes, but instead argues that the very notions of "writing" and "form" are being renegotiated in light of recent developments. The book should be available early in 2020.
- With Tom Chadwick, I am working on a double special issue of the journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory entitled "Contemporary Literature and/as Archive." The double issue explores how recent technological and environmental developments are pushing the relation between literature and archiving beyond a focus on recovery-work and toward an engagement with the archive as a generative and productive site. The two issues will appear at the end of 2019 and early in 2020.
- For other occasions, I am also working on chapters on the relation between cultural memory, literature, and the archive (with Tom Chadwick; see here for the larger project); on the relation between the Anthropocene and posthumanism (for The Posthumanism Handbook, to be published by Bloomsbury); on the role of American independent publishers as curators of world literature (with Amelie Hurkens; for a special issue of the journal Interventions); on critical theory and dementia; and on the relation between nature and the welfare state in the novels of the British author Sarah Hall.