research interests



graphic narrative, transitional textuality, reading and the senses

Various forms of hybrid textuality have recently emerged at new intersections of text and materiality and have given rise to new practices of embodied reading in the period of ordinary and pervasive electronic textuality. Critical consensus has moved well beyond early thinking about the shift to e-textuality, particularly in the area of literature, which emphasized the divide (whether utopian or dystopian) between print and electronic texts and insufficiently acknowledged the materiality of the latter.

narrative, visuality, and historical memory; the politics of memory and forgetting

Artistic representation and memorialization of violence and atrocities in the last two decades. Connecting the fields of literary and art history, film studies, cultural studies, and trauma studies, this research focuses on works that are parasitical on certain established and canonized genres of atrocity memorialization and that are transgressive and controversial as cases of re-writing and revision. This includes works of literature and feature films as well as autobiographies of disputed authenticity, re-edited found footage in home movies, and installation art that revises atrocity-related museum exhibits. The project analyzes how these works position themselves in relation to expectations of witnessing, documentarism, and realism and in relation to rhetorics of irony and play. I also focus on spatiality and narrative topography in stories of traumatic social memory in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

animal, human, and nonhuman/posthuman

The ethics and politics of defining and policing the edges of humanity -- the figures of the anumal and the machine / contemporary bioethics, technologies of identificaton / disability and health risk

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