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Tags20th Century (349), African Literature (288), Literary & Critical Theory (224), Philosophy (163), English Literature (156), Modernism (143), American Literature (119), African Studies (88), Poetry (78), Environmental Studies (76) — see all tags

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About meI am a scholar and a performance maker who, after seven years of dividing my time between the east and west coasts, now resides full-time in Portland, Oregon. In April 2017, I completed my PhD in English at Princeton University. My dissertation, titled The Ecological Uncanny, married my numerous interests in environmental philosophy, global modernisms, narrative theory, speculative realism, and recent developments in neuroscience and physics. I am also a specialist in postcolonial literature, with particular emphasis on African literatures (Anglophone, Francophone, and Swahilophone). I've published on Joseph Conrad, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and the Swahili novelist Emmanuel Mbogo. I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where I teach in the Critical Studies MA and Visual Studies MFA programs.

In Portland, I also work as a contemporary dance artist. I've performed in numerous companies, such as the site-specific group POV Dance and Eliza Larson's FaultLine Dance, and I've also presented original work, such as 2010's Tinnitus. I recently collaborated on a new dance–theater work, Abominable, which premiered in Portland in October 2017. I've also served as a dramaturg for a recent performance work directed by Portland-based artist Suniti Dernovsek.

Aside from the creation of scholarship and performance, I work as a freelance editor. For my editing work, I specialize in academic writing in the humanities and social science. I'm happy to help edit any kind of academic text, from abstracts to seminar papers to journal articles, dissertation chapters, and complete manuscripts. I do both copy editing (for earlier drafts) and proofreading (for final proofs).

Finally, I've started a new blog, The Exploded View, which features long-form essays with an emphasis on world literature in translation. (Turns out the blog is very occasional, but I do have some good stuff in the works!)

About my libraryBooks Read in 2020

Sjón. From the Mouth of a Whale.
Tarjei Vesaas. The Ice Palace.
Jane Gallop. Anecdotal Theory.
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold. Monsterhuman.
Tommy Orange. There There.
Paul Ricoeur. Time and Narrative: Volume 1.
Frank Kermode. The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction.
José Ortega y Gasset. Meditations on Quixote.
Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake. (Second reading)
Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. (Grossman translation)
William Egginton. The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World.
Margaret Atwood. Alias Grace.
Lucy Ellmann. Ducks, Newburyport.
Paul Ricoeur. Time and Narrative: Volume 2.
Jane Alison. Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative. (Partial reading)
Jane Elliott. The Microeconomic Mode: Political Subjectivity in Contemporary Popular Aesthetics.
Bram Büscher + Robert Fletcher. The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene.
Józef Czapski. Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp.
Richard Ellmann. James Joyce.
Chang-Rae Lee. A Gesture Life.
Tarjei Vesaas. The Hills Reply.
Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
Marcel Proust. Swann's Way. (Second reading)
Kazuo Ishiguro. Nocturnes.
Marthe Robert. Origins of the Novel. (Partial reading)
Pema Chödrön. The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness.
V. S. Naipaul. A Bend in the River. (Second reading)
Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
Kazuo Ishiguro. An Artist of the Floating World.
Hiromi Kawakami. Parade.
James Weldon Johnson. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.
Natsume Sōseki. Kokoro.
Deborah Hay. My Body, the Buddhist.
Maria Popova. Figuring.
Yoko Ogawa. The Memory Police.
Margaret Atwood. The Testaments.
V. S. Naipaul. A House for Mr. Biswas.
Richard Powers. The Overstory.
Christos Ikonomou. Good Will Come From the Sea.
Junot Díaz. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. (Second reading)
Olga Tokarczuk. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. (Trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
José Eduardo Agualusa. The Society of Reluctant Dreamers. (Trans. Daniel Hahn)
Linda Boström Knausgård. Welcome to America. (Trans. Martin Aitken)
Robert Macfarlane. Underland: A Deep Time Story.
Octavia Butler. Dawn. (Lilith's Brood / Xenogenesis 1)
Olaudah Equiano. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Or Gustavus Vassa, The African.
Jean Giono. Occupation Journal. (Trans. Jody Gladding)
Dominique Fabre. The Waitress Was New. (Trans. Jordan Stump)

Past Reading.

GroupsAll Books Africa, Architext, Graduate Students, Philosophy and Theory, Reading Globally


Favorite bookstoresDreamHaven Books, Labyrinth Books, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Powell's City of Books (Portland)


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Currently readingMiddlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) by Jeffrey Eugenides
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry: A Bilingual Edition (German Edition) by Paul Celan
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age by Nicole Seymour
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