I began my PhD at Leeds in October 2017.
Before arriving at Leeds, I completed an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University of St Andrews (2016) and a BA English at Staffordshire University (2012). I also worked briefly in advertising and marketing, and as an English teacher (TESOL) and university lecturer in China.
I am the recipient of the inaugural British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS) Postgraduate Essay Prize for my article on the musicalization of graphic narratives (Studies in Comics, 2017), and of the 2018 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Essay Prize for my piece on masculinity and landscape in Hemingway. My research is funded by a School of English Scholarship.
My current research interests are in American Literature, Ecocriticism, Masculinity Studies, and the Western. I also have ongoing interests in Comics Studies and C20th and C21st literature and culture more broadly.
My thesis examines the concept of ecomasculinity in contemporary American fiction that invokes or reimagines the Old West. It focuses on works by Thomas Pynchon, Edward Abbey, Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, and Percival Everett.
Proceeding from the standpoint that frontier narratives and the western genre have helped shape the parameters of the man/nature relationship in the U.S. cultural imagination, it seeks to demonstrate the ways in which these traditional conceptions of manliness have been challenged during a period of increased environmental awareness and changing gender norms.
Using new critical tools emerging from the growth of men's studies and its intersections with ecocriticism and gender theory, my thesis will contribute to the articulation of the 'ecomasculine' as an emerging concept and to an understanding of American literary masculinities in the context of the Anthropocene.
- MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture
- BA English
Research groups and institutes
- Environmental Humanities Research Group
- American Studies Research Group