UBC Department of English
Degrees: B.A. in Linguistics (Brown) and
Ph.D. in American Literature (Duke)
Office: BuTo 503
Telephone Office: 604-822-4087
Teaching and Research Interests
- A Silvan Tomkins Handbook (University of Minnessota Press, under contract). An introductory text to the work of the Amrican psychologist and affect theorist Silvan Tomkins, co-authored with Elizabeth Wilson (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University). Our goal is to develop a portable and accessible teaching and research resource.
- Radio Free Stein. A large-scale critical sound project that renders selected plays by Gertrude Stein into musical and dramatic form. This project is supported by a four-year SSHRC Insight Grant. http://www.radiofreestein.com
- "Reading Literature after Tomkins and Klein." An essay for The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science edited by Steven Meyer.
- Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol (Fordham University Press, 2014). This book takes up several theories of affect that have entered literary criticism and the theoretical humanities in the last two decades, Silvan Tomkins's affect theory and the object relations theory of Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, to explore the poetics elaborated by four American writers, thinkers, and artists: Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Andy Warhol. These theories permit me to unfold the crucial roles for affect dynamics in fundamental experiences of composition, expression, group phenomena, thinking and learning, and self-care.
- Co-edited with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.
- "Rendering Queen and Country: Radio Free Stein (I). "In Janet Boyd and Sharon Kirsch, eds., Primary Stein (Lexington Books, 2014).
- "Gertrude Stein et la Question du Theatre. "In Eric Giraud, ed., Contemporeanités de Gertrude Stein, Paris: Editions des archives contemporaines, 2011.
- With Elizabeth A. Wilson, “Like-minded: A Response to Ruth Leys’ ‘The Turn to Affect: A Critique’.” Critical Inquiry 38.4 (June 2012).
- "Loose Coordinations: Theater and Thinking in Gertrude Stein." Science in Context 25.3 (September 2012).
- "Phantoms Limn: Silvan Tomkins and Affective Prosthetics." Theory and Psychology. 17.4 (August 2007): 515-528.
- "Some Affective Bases for Guilt." English Studies in Canada 32.1(June 2007).
- "Medium Poe." Criticism 48.2 (Spring 2006).
- "Valdemar's Tongue, Poe's Telegraphy." ELH 72.3 (Fall 2005). [won the James W. Gargano Award for the outstanding scholarly essay on Edgar Allan Poe for 2005]
- "Some Avenues for Feeling." Criticism 46.3 (Fall 2004): 511-24.
- Overpass! A Melodrama (Alien8 Recordings, 2007). An audiodrama recording (on CD) in collaboration with composer Sam Shalabi. A meditation on belated modernization in Vancouver's urban space. This project was supported by a grant from the Hampton Foundation at the University of British Columbia. http://www.alien8recordings.com/releases/overpass-a-melodrama
- Some Mad Scientists. A second audiodrama collaboration with Sam Shalabi, also supported by an award from the Hampton Foundation. An audio adaptation of Letters 10-17 of the Hippocratic Corpus, an ancient Greek text that depicts the laughter of mad science for the first time http://www.somemadscientists.org