MA, PhD, Kent
Office: W4.E7 (Rutherford)
My research primarily covers American and British literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on innovative and experimental poetry from the 1970s to the present day. I am especially interested in the intersections between literature, the visual and the performing arts, culture, politics, and philosophy.
My forthcoming monograph, Event & Effect: Studies in Poetry and Performance 1950-1980, will feature a series of case studies of individual performance events from this period. These include Charles Olson’s participation in Cage’s Theatre Piece ♯1; the First International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall; Denise Riley’s first public performance at the Cambridge Poetry Festival in 1977; Eric Mottram’s Pollock Record; and the numerous incarnations of Allen Fisher’s Blood Bone Brain. In addition to relevant historical and political contexts, these case studies draw heavily upon archival research, a well as the theories of Deleuze & Guattari, Lefevbre, Whitehead, and others.
In addition, I am currently exploring the role of collage and graffiti in the recent publications of Allen Fisher and Ulli Freer, and conducting research for a monograph on the politics of graphic novels. This second project will examine a range of graphic novels from the 1980s to the present day with a view towards interrogating their relationship to themes including identity politics, neo-liberal capitalism, contemporary protest movements, and anarchy.back to top
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I would be interested in supervising students who are researching any area of contemporary literature, especially if the work seeks to combine literature, the visual arts, and/or performance with socio-political and philosophical topics. I would also be interested in co-supervising projects that study works from other periods in light of contemporary issues.