Research

I am currently preparing for my comprehensive exams and anticipate advancing to candidacy in October of 2019.

Primary Research Areas

20th and 21st century Irish literature and poetry; global literatures (primarily African literatures); postcolonial literature and theory; disability studies; critical gender and sexuality studies; human rights in historical and literary studies; political theory; theory of embodiment; affect studies

Secondary Research Areas

Science fiction; pop culture; media studies

Current Comprehensive Lists

Postcolonial Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Africa
  • Milkman: Anna Burns (2018)
  • The Gathering: Annie Enright (2007)
  • Collected poetry and Nobel Acceptance Speech: W.B. Yeats
  • Cathleen Ni Houlihan: W.B. Yeats (1902)
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce (1914/1916)
  • Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett (1948)
  • Collected Poems of Eavan Boland (2009)
  • North: Seamus Heaney (1985)
  • Translations: Brian Friel (1980)
  • Normal People: Sally Rooney (2019)
  • “The Fall” (3 seasons, 2015-18)
  • “Derry Girls” (2 seasons, 2017-19)
  • “Hunger”: Steve McQueen (2009)
  • White is for Witching: Helen Oyeyemi (2009)
  • Life & Times of Michael K: J.M. Coetzee (1983)
  • Nervous Conditions: Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988)
  • David’s Story: Zoe Wicomb (2002)
  • Graceland: Chris Abani (2003)
  • We Need New Names: NoViolet Bulawayo (2014)
Postcolonial Human Rights and Sovereignty
  • Human Rights, Inc. : Joseph Slaughter (2008)
  • Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature: Elizabeth Anker (2010)
  • The Right to Maim: Jasbir Puar (2017)
  • Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights: Pengh Cheang (2005)
  • From “And Justice for All? The Claims of Human Rights” South Atlantic Quarterly special issue, 2004:
    • “Who is the Subject of the Rights of Man?”: Jacques Ranciere
    • “Reflections on Culture and Cultural Rights”: Bruce Robbins and Elsa Stamatopoulou
    • “‘The Most We Can Help For…’ Human Rights and the Politics of Fatalism”: Wendy Brown
    • “Righting Wrongs”: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  • Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence: Judith Butler (2006)
  • The Frail Social Body: Pornography, Homosexuality, and other Fantasies in Interwar France: Carolyn J. Dean (2000)
  • Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life: Giorgio Agamben (1998)
  • Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life: Roberto Esposito (2011)
  • Walled States, Waning Sovereignty: Wendy Brown (2014)
  • Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy: Bonnie Honig (2011)
  • Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times: Ann Laura Stolers (2016)
  • The Political Forms of Modern Society: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Totalitarianism: Claude LeFort (1986)
Embodied Corporeality and the Body Politics of Hunger
  • The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, Imprisonment: Maude Ellmann (1989)
  • So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance: Patrick Anderson (2012)
  • Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in the Modern Culture: Leslie Heywood
  • Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities: Elspeth Probyn (2000)
  • Gut Feminism: Elizabeth A. Wilson (2015)
  • Cruel Optimism: Lauren Berlant (2011)
  • The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World: Elaine Scarry (1988)
  • Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality: Sara Ahmed (2000)
  • Bodies That Matter: Judith Butler (2011)
  • The Phenomenology of Perception: Maurice Merleau- Ponty (1945)
  • Haebeas Viscous: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human: Alexander G. Weheliye (2014)
  • Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect: Mel Y. Chen (2012)
  • Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure: Eli Clare (2017)
  • Feminist, Queer, Crip: Alison Kafer (2013)
  • Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse: David T. Mitchel and Susan L. Snyder (2015)
  • Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History: Cathy Caruth (1996)