Dr Brian Jarvis
Tel: +44 01509 222958
Role: Associate Dean for Teaching in the School of the Arts,
English and Drama
Room NN.0.11, Martin Hall building, East Park
I have worked in the Department since 1991 except for a year (2002-03) on a teaching exchange at the University of Southern Mississippi. I am the Associate Dean for Teaching in the School of the Arts, English and Drama’.
Teaching and Research Supervision
I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules that reflect my research interests in American Studies. These include Introduction to American Literature, Introduction to Film Studies, Nineteenth Century American Writing, American Gothic, America at War, Postmodern America, Cruel and Unusual and The American Novel Now.
I am currently supervising six doctoral students: Emily Dickinson (violence in contemporary American women’s writing), Mark Taylor (Edward Said and contemporary geopolitics), Phil Smith (Art Spiegelman’s graphic fiction), Helen Wood (representations of Las Vegas), Sarah Downes (contemporary horror film) and Tosha Taylor (American captivity narratives).
My research interests include contemporary American fiction, film and visual culture, crime and punishment, cultural geography and marxist critical theory. I am the author of Postmodern Cartographies: the Geographical Imagination in Contemporary American Culture (Pluto; 1998) and Cruel and Unusual: Punishment and U.S Culture (Pluto; 2004). I am currently working on a study of Don DeLillo provisionally entitled Seeing Red: Don DeLillo and the Visual Culture of Late Capitalism. I write reviews and do editorial work for Routledge ABES, History and Literature, The Journal of American Studies, Comparative American Studies, Crime, Media, Culture and Textual Practice. I am also the American Editor for Literature Compass.
Recent and Forthcoming
‘You’ll never get it if you don’t slow down my friend’: towards a dromology of the everyday in U.S. independent cinema’ in The Everyday and American Visual Culture, John Fagg and Mark Rawlinson (eds.) (Liverpool University Press, 2012).
The Contemporary American Novel in Context (Continuum, May 2011). [Co-authored with Andrew Dix and Paul Jenner]
‘Thomas Pynchon’. John N. Duvall (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945 (Cambridge University Press; 2011).
‘’It is always another world’: Mapping the Global Imaginary in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition’. Neil Campbell et. al. (eds.), Land and Identity (Rodopi; 2011).