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I welcome graduate projects in modernism, understood broadly, twentieth-century Anglophone literatures, postcolonial, cultural, and materialist studies, intersectional work in feminism, gender, race, and sexuality, and media and technology studies.
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Graduate Student Supervision
Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2020)
In My Ántonia’s final sentence, narrator Jim Burden describes the past as “precious” and “incommunicable,” suggesting that the novel confronts the problem of communicating memory and its subjective value (MÀ 196). One critical paradigm simply asks, “How does one share what cannot be communicated?” (Tellefsen 232). This thesis refocuses My Àntonia’s paradox of “communicating the incommunicable” to the limitations of what literature can communicate as a medium. It considers music as an alternative mode of communication in Jim’s memoir. The permanence of literature, combined with the temporality of music, enables him to capture his memories while conveying their transience. Therefore, analyzing My Àntonia’s intermedial form offers insight into how Jim addresses paradoxes of time, memory, and communication. I reconsider My Àntonia as a work of art or affect, giving special attention to Jim’s artistic process. Building upon Jeffrey Swenson’s assertion that Jim takes “memories of his immigrant friends and set[s] them into […] classical modes,” I demonstrate how Jim uses intertextuality and intermediality as artistic tools to aggrandize his memories (25). He maps Ántonia onto Vergil’s Muse: a method to instill symbolic value. Through intertextuality, she becomes a timeless inspirational figure. Additionally, many of Jim’s memories are described through musical metaphors or occur alongside dances, shows, or plays. Intermediality in the form of musicalized prose is a hyperbolic strategy to communicate incommunicable emotion. Levinasian and Deleuzoguattarian aesthetic theory provide the conceptual framework to explain how Jim makes his art objectively moving. His memoir, an image, is more impactful than reality because it is crafted with what I argue is “rhythm,” an aesthetic force that occurs “in the in-between,” permeates the reader’s senses, and affects their emotions (Levinas 4, ATP 313). By combining multisensory imagery and intermediality, his memoir forces interaction between the five senses and two media, thereby generating rhythm. Through a critical lens combining intermedial studies and aesthetic theory, I argue that My Ántonia is a musical-literary memoir that communicates Jim’s axiological beliefs regarding ephemeral beauty and value. Ultimately, this thesis claims that Jim uses technical intermediality to convert subjective emotional significance into an objectively moving piece of art.
Recent Tri-Agency Grants
The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.
- XXV international James Joyce symposium - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Conference Travel Grants (2016/2017)
- Modernism's agile crowds - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Insight Development Grants (2015/2016)
- Frustrated Energies in Modernism’s Female Arrangements (2019)
- Adaptive Anxieties: Strategic Confrontations in Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce. Eds. Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin. Cork: Cork University Press, 2014 (2018)
Journal of Ecocriticism: A New Journal of Nature, Society and Literature, 8.1, 10-12.,
- Clever, very: Judith Paltin (2018)
James Joyce Quarterly, https://jjq.utulsa.edu/interesting-judith-paltin/,
- Music, intermediality, and shock in Ulysses (2018)
James Joyce Quarterly, 53 (3-4), 251-268
- Patternmind' and 'paradigmatic ear': Review of Joyce a long the Krommerun, XXIV International James Joyce Symposium, Utrecht University, 15-20 June, 2014 (2015)
James Joyce Literary Supplement, 28.2.,
- Temporizing Modernities: Review of Nicholas, Jane, The Modern Girl: Feminism Modernities, the Body, and Commodities in the 1920s and Gifford, James, Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes (2015)
Canadian Literature 225 (Summer 2015), 141-2.,
- Conrad’s Secrets by Robert Hampson (2014)
Conradiana, 46 (3), 218--221
- Problems with theory of mind in Victory (2014)
Conradiana, 46 (1-2), 95-107
- "an infected carrier of the past": Modernist nature as the ground of anti-realism (2013)
ISLE Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 20 (4), 778-794
- Conrad's Agile Crowds (2013)
- A beautiful pure sweet mellow English tenor: Joyce and England at the 18th Irregular Miami J'yce Birthday conference, 31 January-2 February 2013 (2011)
James Joyce Quarterly, 49 (1), 18-21
- Trifling Farce or Lyric Drama? (2011)
The Wildean 39 (July 2011), 116-20.,
- Grammar by Ear: Teaching Grammar Skills by Immersion and Imitation (2005)
Louisiana English Journal 9 (2005), 35-48.,