Carl White

Carl White


I began as a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of English in 2018, supervised by Dr Hamilton Carroll. I specialise in twenty-first-century US literature. My doctoral project is fully funded by the AHRC through the WRoCAH consortium.

I originally joined the University of Leeds as an English Literature undergraduate in 2013, and progressed onto MA study in 2016.

Research interests

My research interests include late twentieth and twenty-first-century US literature, neoliberalism and financialization, film studies, experimental fiction, critical and cultural theory, gender studies, and popular culture.

My doctoral project argues that twenty-first-century US literary fiction engages in a complex dialogic relationship with a financialized economy, made real by the social and cultural effects of neoliberalism as the dominant, if only, economic and political ideology in the Global North. I argue that the financialization of the US political economy that begins tentatively in the 1970s and in earnest in the 1980s has a considerable effect on narrative form and literary representations of social and cultural structures in the twenty-first century. Through analysis of four interrelated subjects (domestic space and real estate, family structures, work and labor, and data subjectivity), and by utilizing a framework constructed of political theory and cultural post-postmodernism, the thesis facilitates new understandings of the interplay between the financial (at global, local and individual levels) and contemporary literary production. Authors I examine include Hanya Yanagihara, Jesmyn Ward, David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, and Gary Shteyngart. 



  • MA English Literature, University of Leeds
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Leeds