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Research

Areas of Specialisation: 20th- and 21st-century American literature, feminist/gender/queer theory, critical race theory, performance studies, film studies

My proposed dissertation, Posing Alternatives: Bodily Comportment and the Feminist Imagination, which is funded by a SSHRC CGS-D Award (2023-2026), investigates the role of gesture, posture, and pose in a range of contemporary feminist literature, pushing beyond ideas of the body as a readable surface or sign and toward the relational, performative, and subversive potential of its comportment. Drawing on interdisciplinary methods from performance studies, film studies, art history, and political theory, I consider bodily comportment as a crucial site where feminists theorise sociopolitical transformation, as well as a site where questions of interpretation, visuality, and opacity push against conventional ways of interpreting the written body, and by extension, text.

PhD Student, University of Toronto

M.A. English (2022), University of Toronto

M.A. Cinema Studies (2021), University of Toronto

B.A. "Feminist Imagemaking & Criticism" (2020), NYU Gallatin School of Individualised Study

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

"Being There: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Surface in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women," Camera Obscura (accepted & forthcoming, 2024)

 

"Miriam Toews' Women Talking and the Embodied Life of Feminist Nonviolence," Contemporary Women's Writing 17: 1 (2023)

Conference Presentations:

"In/visible Lines: Black Feminist Theories of Liberation, Motility, and Knowable Space," York University English Graduate Student Association Conference 2022

"Making Peace: Embodiment and Solidarity in Miriam Toews’ Women Talking,” Cornell English Graduate Student Organisation Conference 2021

“On Francesca Woodman’s Poses, Ghosts, and Evasions of the Gaze,” NYU Gallatin Dean’s Award for Summer Research Conference (2019)

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