Work in Progress
- I am in the early stages of a larger book project on what I call 'world literary value.' This book aims to develop a new account of the way literary value is produced, articulated, and circulated in relation to non-literary value domains. The book focus on the dominant role of the USA, and especially of New York-based institutions, in the contemporary creation of world literary value.
- As a kind of spin-off of this monograph project, I acquired funding for a doctoral research project entitled 'Harlem, Capital of World Literature? James Baldwin's 21st-Century Career and the Dynamics of World Literature.' This project develops an in-depth study of the twenty-first century consecration of James Baldwin as a transnational literary and political figure. Looking at the role of tourism, film, anthologies, intertextuality, politics, and other valuedomains, the project has a double aim: to arrive at an exhaustive account of Baldwin's posthumous career, and to develop a better understanding of the way literature and other value-domains interact to produce 'world literary value.'
- With Núria Codina, I am co-editing a special issue of Interventions entitled Pluralizing the Minor: Forms, Figures, Circulation. The collection argues that existing accounts of the minor (Deleuze and Guattari, JanMohamed and Lloyd, Casanova) reduce minor literatures to their relation to a major force or to a particular poetics, and that a more "plural" account of the minor allows world literature studies to explore underinvestigated aesthetic strategies.
- I have also started planning a short book provisionally entitled 'Everyday Apocalypse: Seriality, Anticlimax, Prolepsis.' This short book moves beyond the focus on singular and totalizing events in customary contemporary apocalyptic narratives and investigates the more mundane grammar of apocalypse as it is shaped in contemporary fiction and tv series.
- For other occasions, I am also working on the issue of population in post-catastrophe fiction; the relation between independent publishers and the Nobel Prize; stream-of-consciousness in dementia fiction; and Rachel Cusk's minimalism.