My primary fields of research are comparative modernism, classical reception studies, and Irish literature. Studying the English, Irish, American, and Russian literary traditions, I explore the complex interrelation between literary innovation and history in the turbulent opening decades of the twentieth century. I enjoy teaching a broad range of courses in British and Irish literature, the Western literary tradition, and twentieth-century literature.
My first book will be published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2015. Modernism and Homer: The Odysseys of H.D., James Joyce, Osip Mandelstam, and Ezra Pound tracks the presence of the Homeric epic in the sociopolitical and literary projects of international modernist writing. I argue that modernist writers did not adapt the ancient Greek epic to flee from their eras into an idealized classical past; rather, these writers appropriated the Homeric epics to address some of their era’s most pressing concerns, from global warfare and empire to racial hatred, tyranny, and censorship. In responding to these urgent issues, they produced some of the century’s most astonishing art. I have also published my research in Modernism/Modernity, James Joyce Quarterly, and edited collections in classical reception studies and Irish literature. I am currently working on four projects: a history of reading from the modernist period to the twenty-first century; a study of the reception of modernism in contemporary Irish literature; a study of the digital archive of the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam; and a co-edited collection on classical receptions in American and Anglo-Irish literature in the interwar period.
My research interests reflect the passion I bring to the classroom for helping students to draw connections between literary texts and sociocultural contexts. In my classroom, I approach the literary tradition as a living, evolving, contested, and fascinating conversation in which students are invited to participate.