Popular culture, modernist literature, literary theory, especially Marxist theory.
Ecocriticism, Marxism, Environmental Literature, Contemporary Poetry
Critical Race Theory, Marxist Theory, Africana Existentialism, Existential Theory, Feminist Theory, Africana Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Critical Race Studies in Philosohpy
Southern African Literature, Portuguese travel and disaster narratives from 1552-1660, British women travelers, poetry, marxist literary criticism, feminist criticism, higher education activism on behalf of PTF. new digital educational formats in the humanities.
Modern Japanese literature
Marxist and proletarian literature, criticism
East Asian literature, history and culture
Leftist literature in the 20s and 30s
Red Love around the world
Twentieth-century American literature; African American literature; the literature of social movements; women’s literature; Marxist and feminist theories; print cultures; graphicity; representations of reading, writing, ink, and print; contemporary American poetry
Joyce, Yeats, Lawrence, Adorno, Jameson, postcolonial Marxism, survivance, and everything in between.
My doctoral dissertation deals with historiographical depictions of the encounter between Christianity and Islam in late medieval Portugal (late thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). Approaching medieval chronicles and genealogies as literary representations and active social practices, I examine how the portrayals of the war against Islam not only served for the political legitimization of royalty and aristocracy, but also provided them with a raison d’être, a social usefulness. I am particularly interested in how culture – in this case, historiography – can be used as an ideological tool to justify, reinforce, reproduce, or transform an existing social order.
Current research themes: . History and historiography of academic Sinology and Western representations of Chinese culture / Histoire et historiographie de la sinologie académique et des représentations occidentales de la culture chinoise . History, philology and textual criticism of “Weft” (wei 緯) literature / Histoire, philologie et ecdotique des “Livres de trame” . Taoism (also spelt ‘Daoism’) in medieval China: History, historiography, sources / Le taoïsme en Chine médiévale : Histoire, historiographie, sources