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Office: Seton 509


Teaching and Research Interests

Twentieth century literature, especially Modernism in literature and visual art; Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf; Renaissance and modern drama; spectrality and metaphor; failure, fragmentation, silence, and ruin in literature and aesthetic theory.


Selected Publications

"The Ghost in the Mirror: Self-Haunting in Good Morning, Midnight." Modern Language Review  113.2  
(April 2018). Forthcoming.

 “Viriconium Ghostwalk.” M. John Harrison: Critical Essays. Eds. Mark Bould and Rhys Williams. London: Gylphi, 2018. Forthcoming.


 “’Haze Sole Certitude’: Beckett’s Late Vaguenings.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.2 (Winter 2015): 117-133.


“The Calligraphy of Desire: Sade, Barthes, and Beckett’s How It Is.” Twentieth Century Literature 55.1 (Spring 2009).  58-79. 


“Loving the Loss of the World: Tesknota and the Metaphors of the Heart.” Parietal Games: Critical Writings By and On M. John Harrrison.  Eds. Mark Bould and Andrew Butler. London: Foundation Press, 2005.  299-318.


“’No More Than Ghosts Make’: The Hauntology and Gothic Minimalism of Beckett’s Late Work.”  Modern Fiction Studies 46.3 (Fall 2000): 772-85.  Rpt. in Gothic and Modernism.  Ed. John Paul Riquelme.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008.  168-179.   


“The Pornographic Imagination in All Strange Away.”  Modern Fiction Studies 41.3-4 (Fall-Winter 1995): 515-530.  Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, 145.  The Gale Group.  2005.


“Metcalf’s Criticism and the Canadian Canon.”  American Review of Canadian Studies 19.4 (Winter 1989): 381-395.



Recent Conference Presentations

“Solid Objects/Ghosts of Chairs: On the Afterlife of Things.” A Matter of Lifedeath: An International  Interdisciplinary Conference.  Winnipeg, MA. October 1-4, 2014.

“Woolf’s Ruins.” Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf conference. Saskatoon, SK.  June 6-10, 2012.


“In the Space of the Glass: The Self-Haunted Mirrors of Good Morning, Midnight.Modernist Studies Association 12 conference. Victoria, BC.  November 11-14, 2011.


“’Haze Sole Certitude’: Beckett’s Late Vaguenings.”  ACCUTE conference.  Fredericton, NB.  May 30, 2011.


“Apparent Failure: The Case of Paul Auster.”  ACCUTE conference.  Halifax, May 2003. 


“’No More Than Ghosts Make’: The Hauntology of Beckett’s Late Prose.”  Gothic Spirits/Gothic Flesh, International Gothic Association Conference.  Halifax, NS. August 1999.


“The Further Shelter of the Hand: Gestures of Need in Beckett’s Late Work.”  Presented to The Hand: An Interdisciplinary Bilingual Conference, University of Western Ontario, March 1999.


“’This Debauch of Fiction’: J.G. Ballard’s The Index and Answers to a Questionnaire.”  Presented to Re-reading the Fantastic, University College London, UK.  December 20, 1993.