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 Jesmyn Ward, David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, and Gary Shteyngart. 

From February-April 2020, I will be a Visiting Researcher at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. I will be exploring the David Foster Wallace archives, in particular the drafts and marginalia of his unfinished and posthumously published novel The Pale King, and Wallace’s correspondance with his literary agent, Bonnie Nadell, marketers and publishers. This research is funded by the AHRC, through an International Placement Scheme Fellowship. 

I also recently co-edited Issue 5 of the WRoCAH Journal with Emily Reed (University of Sheffield). 

Twitter: @carlwhite__


Selected Awards:

  • AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship (2019-20)
  • WRoCAH Competition Studentship (2018-21)


Student education:

  • Foundations of English Studies 


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