20th-century British literature, 20th-century American literature, media studies, WWII literature, digital humanities, Anglophone literature
19th- and 20th-century British and Anglophone literature, Victorian literature and culture, the novel, cognitive literary studies, psychoanalysis
James Joyce; Irish Modernism; the Novel; Cinema; 20th-Century British, Irish, and Anglophone literature and culture; Postcolonial literature and theory; Infrastructure; Literature and the Environment.
20th & 21st century Anglophone literature (Africa, South Asia, British, Caribbean); postcolonial studies & migrant literature; Indian Ocean studies; 20th & 21st century Lusophone literature; Mauritian Literature
I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where I work on 20th and 21st century British and Anglophone literature and media studies, with an emphasis on the intersections of literature and radio in mid-century Britain.
My research focuses on politics, aesthetics, and identity construction and representation as articulated through avant-garde poetics and 20th/21st century Anglophone Black diasporic literature and culture, especially poetry. I am especially interested in the intersection of politics and aesthetics in literature, and the ways in which avant-garde poetics disrupt preconceived notions of Blackness (and personhood) while constructing an open nature to the signs placed upon the (black) body. My most recent project, “Iterations of Identity: Black Diasporic Poetics and the Politics of Form,” positions these interests in a comparative aesthetic perspective, with a focus on examining avant-garde poetics through a primary lens of close-reading and aesthetics, including a study of the politics of aesthetics as dictated by neo-colonialism in West-Africa and the Caribbean, and racialized climates constructed by the global white gaze.
20th/ 21st C British and Anglophone Literatures, Scottish Literatures, Vernacular writing, Postcolonial Studies, Digital Humanities, Composition and Rhetoric.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University. I research and teach classes in 20th-century Anglophone modernism, critical theory, sound studies, film, musicology, and adaptation studies. After receiving his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, I served as an academic adviser, as an ACLS Fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. My first book, Sublime Noise: Musical Culture and the Modernist Writer, explores the relationships among modernist literature, music, noise, and aural culture. In addition to publications forthcoming in Modern Drama, Studies in the Novel, and The New Ezra Pound (ed. Mark Byron), I’ve published in Textual Practice, James Joyce Quarterly, and Victorian Literature and Culture, and present regularly at the Modernist Studies Association conference. I am currently at work on a new project about the documentary filmmaker and amateur anthropologist Humphrey Jennings, focusing on how Jennings’s filmic, literary, and anthropological work addresses the media ecology and material culture of post-WWII Britain, producing newly textured ways of reading and narrating citizenship. At PSU I teach a range of classes, including undergraduate and graduate modernism courses; general education courses on modern British lit, race and melodrama, film history, and critical film theory; major authors courses on James, Conrad, and Joyce; and advanced topics courses on aesthetic and cultural theories of failure. Further information and selected syllabuses can be found on my personal webpage, http://joshepstein.net .
Geocriticism, American Literature, the Spatial Turn, the Railroad, 19th Century American Literature, 20th Century American Literature
Literature and general education; 19th and 20th century French literature.