My principal research interests are in the areas of North American literature, philosophy, and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the philosopher and critic Stanley Cavell. My PhD was a comparative study of Stanley Cavell, Richard Rorty, and Thomas Kuhn, considering their work in relation to earlier forms of analytical philosophy.
My most recent publication is ‘Acknowledging a Numinous Ordinary’, a book chapter on Cavell and Marilynne Robinson, forthcoming in an edited collection on Robinson with Manchester University Press (2019). This will form a part of a wider project on subjectivity and the ordinary in Cavell, Robinson, and David Foster Wallace. I have published widely on Cavell, including an article on Cavell’s The World Viewed for the inaugural edition of the Journal of Contemporary Painting (2015), and a chapter on Cavell and George Santayana in the edited collection Stanley Cavell, Literature, and the Idea of America (Routledge, 2012). I am the co-author, with Andrew Dix and Brian Jarvis, of The American Novel in Context (Continuum, 2011).
Recent conference participation includes a paper on Cavell and Foster Wallace at the David Foster Wallace Between Philosophy and Literature conference (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, 2018); on Cavell, Heidegger, and Derrida at the ACLA (Utrecht, 2017); and on Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color at the Reading Animals conference (Sheffield, 2015).
I have recently reviewed Áine Mahon’s The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society (2016) and Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation, ed. Standish and Saito, for the Journal of American Studies (forthcoming).
I have expertise in literature, philosophy, and critical theory and my teaching reflects this. At Part A, I co-convene the module Literary and Critical Theories. At Part B, I convene the Schoolwide optional module Philosophy, Literature, and the Visual Arts. At Part C, I convene the module Global America. I am also involved in the Part C Dissertation module.