Carl White


I began as a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of English in 2018, supervised by Dr. Hamilton Carroll. I specialise in late 20th- and 21st-century US literature. My docotoral 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 20th- and 21st-century US literature, film studies, experimental fiction, critical and cultural theory, popular culture, globalization, and multimodality.

My thesis will investigate the recurring motif of the labyrinth in 21st century US literature in relation to the transitional critical period of postmodernism to post-postmodernism. Fiction by writers such as David Foster Wallace, Mark Z. Danielewski and Jennifer Egan form the basis of my research. My project seeks to call to attention the mutability of the labyrinth from narrative object to narrative process, from content to form, alongside critical development in the lead-up to, and at the turn of, the millennium. The labyrinth is definitively no longer a ‘maze’, and I will argue that it should no longer be viewed as a physical structure but rather as a metaphor for the continuous development of the complex individual subject in the contemporary age.


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