AboutI am a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, researching the ecomasculine in the literary western. I also run the podcast ‘Old West, Now’ and its associated blog.
My thesis brings together Ecocriticism, Ecosophy, and Gender/Masculinity Studies to examine the ways in which various archetypal masculinities of the Old West, from cowboys to prospectors, have been reimagined in U.S. literature over the past fifty years. Proceeding from the standpoint that frontier narratives and the western genre have shaped the parameters of the man/nature relationship in the U.S. cultural imagination, I am interested in highlighting the ways in which these traditional conceptions of manliness have been challenged in an era of increased environmental awareness, and changing gender norms.
- PhD English, University of Leeds, 2017-2020
- MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of St Andrews, 2014-15
- BA English, Staffordshire University, 2008-2012
Work Shared in CORE
Other PublicationsPeer-Reviewed Articles
Selected Blogs and Media
- ‘Review of Sovereignty and Superheroes by Neal Curtis.’ ImageTexT. (Forthcoming).
- ‘Review of God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White‘. Journal of American Culture. (Forthcoming).
MembershipsInternational Scholars of the Western Network
American Studies Association
Popular Culture Association