I am an Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University, where I am also an affiliated faculty member of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Program in Film Studies, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I work in European, British, North American and Latin American literature and film of the 19th-21st centuries with a focus on modernism, its continued resonance in global fiction and cinema, and the relationship between philosophy and literature.
I am currently completing A Different Order of Difficulty: Reading Literary Modernism After Wittgenstein, which attends to the significance of Wittgenstein's philosophy for studies in literary modernism and its afterlife in contemporary literature. I am co-editor, with Michael LeMahieu, of the volume, Wittgenstein and Modernism, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in Fall 2016. I am also working on another book project on grace and disgrace and the legacy of modernism’s absorption in difficulty and the longing for transcendence in the work of Coetzee, Murdoch, Ishiguro, Morrison and Robinson. My essays have appeared or are forthcoming in MLN, Woolf Studies Annual, Comparative Literature, The James Joyce Quarterly, Wittgenstein and Modernism; and Philosophy and Kafka. My teaching and research interests include: film studies; transatlantic and European modernism, contemporary literature; the novel; the foundations of Analytic philosophy; Continental philosophy; faith and secularity; modern and postmodern difficulty; autobiography and confession; experimental fiction; critical theory.
Before coming to Tulane, I taught at Harvard, where I was College Fellow in Comparative Literature; at Stanford, as fellow in English and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where I earned my PhD in comparative literature. I also studied linguistics at Paris III, philosophy at the EHESS and hold an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
My recent teaching includes seminars on "Transatlantic Modernism", "20th c Paradoxes of the Secular-Sacred," "Kafka, Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality," "The Moment in Modernism," "From Weimar to Film Noir," "Modernism's Global Afterlife" "The Booker Prize: Aesthetics, Commerce and Canon-Making," "Virginia Woolf and Modernism," and lecture courses on 19th and 20th-century British and Irish Literature. Courses for 2014-2016 include "The Novels of Virginia Woolf," "The Modernist Story, the Millennial Film," "Novels of Thinking" and "Grace and Disgrace."
I am on leave for the 2016-17 academic year.