AboutMy first book, Narrating Aging: Duration and the English Novel from Dickens to Woolf, theorizes duration and the conventions of realism through an analysis of representations of old age and aging, especially through the way novelists plot the development of characters over time. It analyzes the temporal form of the novel through a series of political problems related to aging in nineteenth-century literature and culture, such as aging masculinity, “redundant” women, queer sexuality, and dystopia.
I am currently working on a second book, The Aging of Empire: Patronage in Great Britain and India, 1857-1947, which focuses on how the Victorians mapped a politics of age onto the asymmetrical relation between colonizer and colonized. This project demonstrates how progressive, linear models of imperial expansion derived their power from a tacit comparison to the development of a human life, entangling anxieties about the durability of empire with figures relating to old age and youthful inheritance.
EducationPh.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, July 2012.
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, English Literature, May 2008.
B.A. Texas Christian University, English Literature and Philosophy, June 2005.
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