My teaching and research interests include medieval literature, the British and American modernist writers, contemporary British fiction, and literary theory. What I particularly like to do in my teaching is to introduce students to history and older literary texts through modern eyes, for instance, by pairing a postmodern novel with a tale form Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or by linking ideas from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to concepts in contemporary critical theory and philosophy. I've published articles on medieval poetry and the contemporary novel. Currently, I'm completing a book, entitled Dwelling in Language: Character, Psychoanalysis and Literary Consolations. This is a study of the mode of being of character in literature -- a so-called ontological study --, anchored in the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's ideas about human subjectivity, language and ethics. My next project will be concerned with the relation between pre-modern texts and certain crucial aspects of contemporary fiction -- humanism, the inhuman, magic realist thinking, spirituality and poetic narrative.
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