Papers, Talks, and Events
‘Barbarism flooding my home’: Tracing the Radical Idiosyncracy of John Fante’s My Dog Stupid
- Paper delivered at British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Conference (‘America’s Urgent and Great Problems: Antecedents and Legacies of 1968’), Northumbria University, November 2018.
Dancing on the Edge of America: Ballrooms as Borderlands in the Fiction of John Fante
- Paper delivered at Society for the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, May 2018.
- A version of this paper was also delivered at European and British Associations of American Studies (EBAAS) Conference, King’s College London, April 2018
- An expanded version of this paper was delivered as invited keynote speaker at University of Strasbourg Humanities Symposium, March 2018.
Myth-busting in the Macaroni Factory: Italian-Americans and American ‘Italians’ in the Fiction of John Fante
- Paper delivered at British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Conference (‘We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident’: Post-Truth & American Myths), University of Essex, November 2017.
All Pachucos go to Heaven: Grim Fandango’s Interactive Requiem for the Mexican Dead of 1940s Los Angeles
- Paper delivered at ‘Hardboiled History’ Conference, Warwick University, May 2017.
‘Ain’t that some interpretation?’: Van Morrison’s Sonic Atlas of America
- Paper delivered at Irish Association for American Studies Conference, Ulster University, April 2017.
To ‘Refract Time’: The Magical History of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
- Paper delivered at ‘U.S. Historical Fiction Since 2000’ Conference, University of Nottingham, March 2017.
‘Hungry, sick; bored, desperate’: Detecting American Frontiers in Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
- Paper delivered at British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Conference (‘Negotiating the Border and Boundaries of Americanism’), University of Leeds, November 2016.
“Nothing but rubber heels”: Mobility, Virility and the Projected Female Gaze in the Automotive Cities of Black American Popular Song (1948 – 1963)
- Paper delivered at ‘Masculinity and the Metropolis’ Conference, University of Kent, April 2016