MemberJennifer Wicke

19th, 20th, 21st century literatures; global studies; modernism and modernity studies; colonial/postcolonial/Empire studies; the novel; film, media, new media studies; critical and political theory; aesthetics and philosophy; queer and feminist theory; visual culture; the Global South; critical geography; Global Wests, American West; eco-critical studies and activism; precarity, labor, poverty, class; mass culture, TV studies; classics; the epic; Irish literature and culture; contemporary global fiction; science; mysticism.

MemberSadek Kessous

My current research project seeks to use fiction as a tool to consider the extent to which economic cultures inform social subjectivity. Drawing on novels, both pre- and post-2008 crash, from authors including Joshua Ferris, David Foster Wallace, Edward P. Jones, Evan Dara and Jonathan Franzen, I aim to map a trend in a number of contemporary American texts across the apex and crisis of neo-liberalism. This trend, I argue, represents a contesting tension between selfhood and national-global economics. By working along this unstable fault-line – where self, region, nation, world, and economics collapse into each other – I intend to generate an innovative methodology for considering American culture both in light of the present economic crisis as well in view of the interface of fiction and economics more generally.( Joshua Ferris, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Edward P. Jones, Evan Dara, 20th Century Literature, 21st Century Literature )

MemberEric Dean Rasmussen

Eric Dean Rasmussen is associate professor of English literature at the University of Stavanger. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, Dr. Rasmussen teaches courses on American literature and culture for the English section and literary theory and criticism for the graduate program in Literacy Studies. Eric is also senior editor for one of the first online scholarly journals of literary and critical writing, ebr, Electronic Book Review.As a researcher in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Eric collaborated on the trans-European digital humanities project ELMCIP (Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice) and worked as the first editor of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, an online database about activity in the digital literary arts. He has served as a research associate for the Electronic Literature Organization, which he’s been affiliated with since its founding in Chicago in the late 1990s, and is currently a member of the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), which is building a digital research infrastructure connecting database-driven projects based in Australia, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Norway, and the United States.Rasmussen’s research interests include the aesthetics, ideology, and technics of 20th and 21st-century literature, with an emphasis on the affective dimension of narrative forms; scholarly editing and publishing in the digital age; and the impact of new media technologies on the literary arts and (digital) humanities. Through his work in the digital humanities, he both analyzes and participates in the institutional transformation of literary studies via computational technologies and new media ecosystems. Within the contemporary media ecology, how can digital technologies facilitate collaborative research, teaching, and writing practices conducive to building robust literary networks? Literature: 20th- and 21st-century American fiction; transnational modernism and postmodernism; world literatures in English Cultural Studies: US history and society; ideology and politics; media studies and the network societyDigital Humanities: new media writing and publishing; database design; electronic literatureLiterary theory and criticism: aesthetics; affect and emotions; critical theory; the literary interview; poststructuralism and deconstruction; literary systems and media ecologies

MemberDebra Faszer-McMahon

Dr. McMahon is Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages. Research interests include 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature, Poetry, and Immigration. Her most recent book is a co-edited collection titled African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Strait (Routledge/Ashgate Press 2015). She has also published Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain: The Poetry of Clara Janés (Bucknell UP 2010), as well as numerous journal articles in peer-reviewed publications such as Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture. She has also co-edited a volume entitled A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture, which is under contract with Vanderbilt University press, to be published in 2020. She is currently working on a manuscript about contemporary Spanish poetry written by Saharaui immigrants in Spain. She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany. She is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.

MemberSiân Adiseshiah

  • Contemporary theatre (political theatre in particular)
  • Utopian literature, drama and theory (classical Greece – the present)
  • Twenty-first century literature, drama and cultural contexts
  • Ageing and gerontology studies; women’s writing; and class studies

I joined Loughborough University as Senior Lecturer in English and Drama in June 2018 as part of the Excellence 100 campaign. I previously worked at the University of Lincoln (from 2004-2018), where I founded Lincoln’s 21st Century Research Group, co-established the ‘What Happens Now’ conference series (now the official conference series for BACLS) and the MA in 21st Century Literature. I’ve also taught at the Open University and the University of Birmingham. My PhD (on the plays of Caryl Churchill) was funded by the AHRC, undertaken at the University of Birmingham and awarded in 2003. My research interests lie mostly in contemporary theatre and twenty-first century literary studies, utopianism, class studies, women’s writing and (more recently) age studies.   My first book – Churchill’s Socialism: Political Resistance in the Plays of Caryl Churchill (2009) – was based on my PhD. It examined Churchill’s plays in relation to histories of left-wing politics, theory and activism from 1970s-2000. My second and third were co-edited volumes: Twenty-First Century Fiction: What Happens Now (2013) and Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now (2016). My fourth is a co-edited collection of essays on the contemporary playwright debbie tucker green (debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 forthcoming).   My current book project is a monograph for Methuen Bloomsbury with the title Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre, which goes back to classical Greek comedy and includes chapters on early modern and early twentieth-century drama as well as the contemporary period.   Despite the historical span of my current monograph, I am primarily a scholar of contemporary drama/literary studies and within this I’m particularly interested in political theatre, literature and politics, class studies, utopian theory and aesthetics, and feminist theatre, and have published many journal articles and book chapters in these areas.   More recently I have started to write about ageing, especially old age, and theatre. My most recent article in this area is ‘The Utopian Potential of Aging and Longevity in Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah’, Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal (May 2019, forthcoming). In my current work on ageing, I am exploring encounters between dominant framings of the contemporary and ageing/old age (particularly female old age) in 21st-century drama and fiction. In collaboration with Age UK Lincoln I established the ‘Older Readers’ 21st-century Literature Reading Group’ (comprising a group of Lincolnshire residents over the age of 60), which meets regularly with academics and is now in its fifth year. In November 2016, I organised an event called ‘The Good Age: Long Life, Literature and Utopianism’ as part of Being Human: A Festival of Humanities, which had ‘Hope and Fear’ as its theme.   I am an executive committee member of BACLS and am on the editorial boards of Bloomsbury New Horizons in Contemporary Literature, C21 Literature and the Journal of Gender Studies.   I have supervised four PhD projects to completion. These were in the areas of utopianism, contemporary fiction, women’s writing, and Marxist literary criticism, and am currently supervising a fifth on social class in the novels of Patricia Highsmith.