I am our Director of Graduate Studies, and an associate faculty member for The Center for Irish Research and Teaching. My research examines developments in literatures and cognitive studies, with an emphasis on how the writings of transnational modernists (from Joyce to Hemingway) complicate received discourses on cognition and memory begun by early 20th century neuro-philosopher Henri Bergson, and continued by contemporary neuroscientists such VS Ramachandran and Daniel Dennett. My scholarship on Irish modernism also includes studies in Irish-American literatures. I have recently directed the Cormac McCarthy Society Conference (in Austin), the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference (in Dublin), the ALA Symposium on American Literature and War (in New Orleans), and I am a regular organizer for the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference (here in Savannah). I am also the Associate Editor of The Cormac McCarthy Journal.
CLASS Award of Distinction for Teaching, 2017.
CLASS Award of Distinction for Service, 2016.
CLASS Award of Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service, 2013.
Samuel Beckett and Expatriate Paris
Modern British & Irish Drama
Irish Drama and Film
20th Century British Literature
British Drama Since 1660
British Black Comedy – Byron, Browning, & Beckett
Hemingway in Paris
“Zones of Indetermination: Beckett, Bergson, and the Monad of Murphy’s Mind.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 25 (Spring 2013): 75-89.
“Joyce’s Matter and Memory: Perception and Memory Events in Finnegans Wake.” Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism. Gontarski, Mattison, and Ardoin, eds. New York: Continuum Press, 2013. pp 177-193.
“Krapp’s Last Tape and Mapping Modern Memory.” The Plays of Samuel Beckett. Katherine Weiss, ed. London: Methuen, 2012. pp 178-192.
“Delete, Invert, Repeat: Beckett’s Watt a Response to Stein” Journal of Beckett Studies 16.1&2. (Fall 2006/Spring 2007): 290-303.
“Surfing, Searching, and Social Networking: Redefining Digital Literacy with Facebook and Wikipedia.” Everything is a Text. Deborah Coxwell Teague and Dan Melzer, eds. Pearson Publishing, 2010. pp 266-280.
Transnational Beckett. (edited with S.E. Gontarski, William Cloonan, & Alec Hargreaves). Journal of Beckett Studies Books, 2008.
Their Synaptic Selves: Memory and Language in Joyce and Beckett. Saarbruecken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K, 2008.