Harvard University, MA, PhD
University of Texas, MFA

I study postmodern and contemporary U.S. fiction, with a special interest in Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and John Edgar Wideman. I co-edited (with Christopher Leise) Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide (U of Delaware P, 2011), and my book, David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. My articles, on subjects ranging from Barack Obama and Philip Roth to Breaking Bad, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Jonathan Lethem, have been published or are forthcoming in Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, MELUS, Studies in American Fiction, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and several edited collections.

I received my B.A. from Swarthmore College, my M.F.A. from the University of Texas-Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, and my Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 2008-09, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas-Austin. I have also taught at Wake Forest University and Deep Springs College. In 2009, I joined the faculty at UBC. I have received grants and fellowships from the Andrew Mellow Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center, Washington University Special Collections, and UBC’s Hampton Fund.

Winter 2018

ENGL100 Reading and Writing about Literature Sections

A writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies through the exploration of texts in their critical and theoretical contexts. Fulfils the first-year component of the Faculty of Arts Writing and Research Requirement. Open only to students in the Faculty of Arts. Recommended for students intending to become English majors. Essays are required.

Winter 2018

ENGL223 Literature in the United States Sections

The major types of American writing: fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose.

Winter 2018

ENGL472A American Studies - AMERICAN STUDIES Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session.

Winter 2018

ENGL490 Literature Majors Seminar Sections

Required of all Literature Majors. See Department Website (www.english.ubc.ca) for options.

Selected Publications:

  • David Foster Wallace’s Balancing Books: Fictions of Value. Under contract with Columbia University Press and forthcoming in 2016.
  • Co-edited with Christopher Leise. Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2011.
  • “‘Playing father son and holocaust’: The Imagination of Totalitarian Oppression in the Works of John Edgar Wideman.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (forthcoming, 2016). 34 TS pp.
  • “Collision, Illinois: David Foster Wallace and the Value of Insurance.” Modern Fiction Studies (forthcoming, 2016). 34 TS pp.
  • “Teaching the Wallace Oeuvre.” In Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Holland, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace. MLA Approaches to Teaching Series (forthcoming, 2016). 18 TS pp.
  • “‘A City of the Future’: Gravity’s Rainbow and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.” Twentieth-Century Literature (forthcoming, 2016). 35 TS pp.
  • “On the red couch: Breaking Bad and the Refusal of Therapy.” In Matthew Wanat and Leonard Engel, eds., Breaking Down Breaking Bad: Critical Perspectives. University of New Mexico Press (forthcoming, spring 2016). 16 TS pp.
  • “‘Say yes’: Consent, Marriage, and History in the Drama and Fiction of Suzan-Lori Parks.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 33, no. 3 (Fall 2015): 178-194. Special issue: “Novel-Writing Playwrights and Playwriting Novelists,” ed. Daniel Jernigan.
  • “David Foster Wallace, James Wood, and a Source for ‘Irrelevant’ Chris Fogle.” The Explicator 73, no. 2 (2015): 129-132.
  • “Memorializing Post-9/11 New York in Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City.” In Paul Petrovic, ed., Representing 9/11: Trauma, Ideology, and Nationalism in Literature, Film, and Television. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 17-27.