Oliver completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kent, graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in English and American Literature in 2016. He then studied at UCL, receiving an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture in 2017.
Oliver received a Doctoral College studentship from Loughborough University in 2017 and has since presented his work at multiple university events and international conferences. He is currently co-organising the Erasure and the Environment conference, set to take place in September 2021.
Oliver has been a university teacher at Loughborough University for two years, teaching on first-year undergraduate modules such as Narrative Forms and Fiction and Theory that Matters: Critiquing Inequalities. In 2020 Oliver was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE (FHEA).
PhD Topic/ Title: Minimalism in Contemporary American Fiction, 1970-2020
Oliver’s research centres around American fiction. Specifically, he is researching the origins and development of literary minimalism as an aesthetic form throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century. His thesis observes the historical arc of both literary minimalism and the Minimalism art movement, leading into an analysis of writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, and Raymond Carver. The aim of this research is to provide a precise definition and explanation of literary minimalism and its persistence throughout American culture.
- Book Review: Nicholas Brown, Autonomy: The Social Ontology of Art under Capitalism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2019) – ‘Minimal Autonomies’, New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, vol. 98 (2020), pp. 185-186DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:98.REV05.2019
- Book Review: American Literature in Transition: 1960-1970, ed. by David Wyatt, European Journal of American Culture (forthcoming – July 2021)