Research & Scholarship
Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer. New York: Routledge, 2016
Contributing to the conversation regarding Angela Carter’s problematic relationship with what she viewed as the interrelated traditions of surrealism and psychoanalysis, this study explores the intricate connections between Carter’s private life and her public writing. Beginning with Carter’s assertion that it was through her “sexual and emotional life” that she was radicalized, it draws extensively on the British Library’s recently archived collection of Carter’s private papers, journals, and letters to show how that radicalization happened and what it meant both for her worldview and for her writings. Through close textual analysis and a detailed study of her papers, I analyze the ways that this second-wave feminist’s explorations of sexuality merged with her investigations into surrealism and psychoanalysis, an engagement that ultimately led to the explosively surreal allegories of Carter’s later, more complex, and more accomplished work. The study not only offers a new way to view Carter’s oeuvre, but also makes the case for the importance of Angela Carter’s vision in understanding the transformations in feminist thinking from the postwar to the postfeminist generation.
“Humanity’s Oldest Pastime: David Mitchell’s Postmodern (Non)Endings.” Faces of the Apocalypse: Change and Adaptability at the End. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015.
"(Religious) Fun Homes: Teaching the Lesbian Feminist Novel in a Catholic University." Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives. Ed. Matthew L. Miller. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015.
“The Sound of Silence: Eschatology and the Limits of the Word in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” SubStance 44.1 (2015). 71-91.
“(Post)Apocalypse Now! David Mitchell’s Postmodern Fiction.” A Critical Approach to the Apocalypse: Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.
“Who’s Pro-creating Now?: Two Sides of Parenting in the Academe.” The Road to Tenure: Interviews, Rejections, and Other Humorous Experiences. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2014.
“’I was the subject of the sentence written on the mirror.’ Angela Carter’s Short Fiction and the Unwriting of the Psychoanalytic Subject.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 21.1 (2010): 1-19.
“Angela Carter’s Narrative Chiasmus: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and The Passion of New Eve.” Genre (Spring/Summer 2009). 83-111.
“Portraits in Absentia: Repetition Compulsion and the Postmodern Uncanny.” Studies in the Novel. (Winter 2008). 447-464.
“Public Personae and the Private I: De-Compositional Ontology in Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. 52:3 (Fall 2006): 613-633.
“Cartesian Nuts: Rewriting the Platonic Androgyne in Angela Carter’s Japanese Surrealism.” FEMSPEC: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Journal. 6:2 (December 2005): 15-31.