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 does not foreground environmental themes, but instead argues that the very notions of "writing" and "form" are being renegotiated in light of recent developments.
- 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 toward an engagement with the the archive as a generative and productive site and with the Earth as an archive of human action. 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 posthuman temporalities in Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (for a Cambridge UP volume on The New Pynchon Studies), and on the relation between the Anthropocene and posthumanism (for The Posthumanism Handbook, to be published by Bloomsbury), and on notions of austerity in novels by Rachel Cusk and Katie Kitamura.