I am primarily interested in studying crime, urban spaces, and imperial legacies in modern and contemporary British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures. I utilize postcolonial theory in my research, and am interested in tropes of mapping and cartography. My book project, Criminal Cities: The Postcolonial Novel and Cathartic Crime (forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press), argues that crime in  literature can act as a form of collective social catharsis or relief, especially after large-scale traumatic events. Focusing on the contemporary cities of London, Belfast, Sydney,  Mumbai, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Ramallah, Criminal Cities situates crime as one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century and makes clear the need to more fully understand crime in the postcolonial literary context.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *