My current research focuses on visual culture and multi-media in works by contemporary and 20th century writers/visual artists. For example, I recently presented a paper on cubist elements in the work of Marguerite Duras at the Colloque International Marguerite Duras, June/July 2016 in Sydney, Australia. I also recently spoke at the 2016 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, comparing contemporary French writer Laurent Jarfer‘s multi-media poetry work with Le Corbusier and Edgard Varèse’s 1958 Poème électronique.
For my dissertation, I traced character development and questioned identity construction in the work of Marguerite Duras, from the archive to publication. I have also worked on Samuel Beckett, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and other writers of the mid-to-late 20th century. I’m interested in textual genetics, the literary character (and deconstruction of this notion), the act of writing, and the evolving and amorphous concept we refer to as ‘identity,’ especially in relation to the ways we live and interact in the modern world. For my dissertation, I spent a couple of years doing research in various French archives, specifically at the Institut Mémoires de l’Edition Contemporaine; the archives of the Editions Benoît Jacob; and the BnF. In 2013-2014, I was the recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Embassy in the United States, which along with the Laney Graduate School funded a significant part of my archival dissertation research. In addition to my work on Marguerite Duras, for two years I held the position of Samuel Beckett Graduate Fellow with The Letters of Samuel Beckett, published with Cambridge University Press.
My article published in 2014 with UCLA uses textual genetics (comparison of various manuscript drafts with the final, published text) to understand character development in the work of Marguerite Duras, and was revised as part of my dissertation. Another forthcoming article is derived from a paper presented at the International Colloque de Cerisy on Marguerite Duras, and will be published in the Actes du colloque. As a member of the Société Internationale Marguerite Duras, I am also a regular contributor to its bi-annual publication, Bulletin de la SIMD.