Research Expertise and Interest
narrative & the novel, 20th and 21st century Britain, 20th and 21st century U.S., Asian American literature, affect theory, critical theory, philosophy and literature
Jointly appointed in the Department of English and the Department of Comparative Literature, my research interests focus on Anglo-American and European modernist fiction, literature and philosophy, novel theory, affect theory, visual culture, and aesthetics. More recently, my worked has turned to contemporary literature, especially Asian American and Chinese diasporic literature.
My first book, Strange Likeness: Description and the Modernist Novel, appeared in 2020 from the University of Chicago Press as part of the "Thinking Literature" series. It turns to some experiments of modernist form in order to reinvigorate our thinking about the ubiquitous but still under-theoreized category of novelistic description. I have also written on topics including Proust and photography, Woolf and the philosophy of language, the role of atmospheres in everyday life, and Roland Barthes's travels in China.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Princeton University
B.A., philosophy, University of Toronto.