I am a scholar of literary production across intersections of race and gender, with particular emphasis on twentieth-century American literature. My work interrogates sites of discomfort, telling literary histories not of break or rupture, but of the awkward stances texts adopt as they inhabit their literary-cultural moments. Using strategies from New Historicism, Periodical Studies and Affect Studies alongside so-called naïve reading practices, I engage contemporaneous racist and sexist ideologies without assimilating textual responses to (and recapitulations of) these phenomena into narratives of redemption, agency or uplift. In working into, not through, the unsettling nature of these texts, I seek to name those anxieties, ambivalences and failures at the heart of the American national project.

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