Principal Supervisor: Professor Timothy Mathews
Subsidiary Supervisory: Professor Stephen Hart
Fictions of Manhood: a Quixotic Investigation of the Novels by Coetzee, Kundera, Roth and Vargas Llosa
In my PhD project, using the Quixotic interplay between experience and fiction as a theoretical framework, I examine the tension between male heterosexuality and literary texts in the narratives of J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth and Mario Vargas Llosa. In particular, I focus on self-reflexivity as a means to explore how literary models rooted in our cultural memory affect our understanding of masculinity.
Comparative Literature; 20th and 21st century literature, Don Quixote, Latin American literature, Italian Literature, European Modernism (Musil, Gombrowicz, Broch, Kafka), Postmodernism, North-American Literature.
- “Re-Thinking Reading through the Novelistic Discourses of Don Quixote and Madame Bovary”, Reading Today, ed. Heta Pyrhönen, London, UCL Press, 2017 (forthcoming).
- “‘On the Edge of Revelation’: The Influence of Robert Musil on J.M. Coetzee’s Narrative”, European Journal of English Studies, Vol. 20.2, 2016, 166-178. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13825577.2016.1183420?journalCode=neje20)