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I teach courses on animals, food, and ecostudies, including film, literature, and broader cultural and social studies approaches. I am Assistant Book Reviews Editor for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and the author of two books: Kafka's Nonhuman Form (Palgrave, 2016) and Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
The latter is particularly interested in the long nineteenth century as a period in which literature and the city form articulate an emergent logic of 'nonhuman' status that gathers all forms of life under new velocities, atrocities, and ongoing mutual suffering. This 'biopolitical' shape (and its critique) of course has a far longer history, bridging multiple literary periods via homogenizing, hegemonic sociations that inflect much of contemporary culture and critical theory. One of my current book projects presents the figure of 'cinemality' as American auteur ecocinema's formal expression of these themes and problems (Haynes, Cuarón, Malick). I have also organized a 2019 issue of New Review of Film and Television Studies focusing on Terrence Malick's 'second wave' oeuvre and his broader ecocinematics. My other current writing in progress or forthcoming is on animals in comparative American contexts, Kafka's politics of meat, and labor in the anthropocene.
Faculty Director of Cultures, Politics, and Economics of the Nonhuman (DHI Research Cluster)