I am a senior lecturer in American Literature and Culture in the department of American Studies, UEA. In broad terms, my research and teaching activities focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary postwar and contemporary texts, from texts published in the 1950s to texts published in the twenty-first century. My Ph.D study at the University of Glasgow examined first-person narratives of female adolescence in American fiction published after 1950. I have published several articles on this area, and my monograph, Developing Figures: Adolescence, America and Postwar Fiction, was published by Palgrave in 2009.
I am also author of American Autobiography (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and have recently published a study of representations of Anne Frank in American literature and culture (Routledge, 2017).
My research and teaching interests therefore focus on the following areas: representations of adolescence and youth, with a special focus on gender; American autobiography; narrative voice; the Holocaust in American literature and culture. In future research and teaching I plan to extend my focus on the relationship between age and identity by working on representations of ageing in America.