BA, MA, PhD, Leeds
My research interests centre on Native American and Canadian Aboriginal literature in all genres--fiction, poetry, memoir, and children's writing—and Native North American visual art. I am particularly interested in the relationship between literary and artistic production and major legal, political, and theoretical debates over cultural and political sovereignty, indigeneity, modernity, and community. In addition, I am particularly focused currently on the relationship between the literary and the visual, and on innovation and genre/medi-mixing in contemporary literature. My interests extend to the rise of discourses of global indigeneity in forums such as the UN and the International Labour Organisation, and to comparative understandings and constructions of the indigenous in a variety of locations. My work to date has drawn on a wide variety of disciplines, including Indigenous Studies, literary theory, Cultural Anthropology, History, Border Studies, and Law Studies, and focuses on literature and art from c.1880 to the present.
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I am supervising MPhil/PhDs on Chinese American Women's writing, the twentieth-century American short story, and Native American literary theory; and act as second supervisor to several projects, covering poetics, narrative theory, and postcolonial theory.
Prospective research students interested in working on any aspect of First Nations/Native American Literatures, indigenous studies, border studies, or Hemispheric American literatures more widely are welcome to contact me.