I presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia at the beginning of this year. My paper, entitled: “‘Sinister Eye’: The Shrouded Women of Melville’s Benito Cereno” was included as part of the “Melville and Black Lives Matter” panel sponsored by The Melville Society. You can read a full description of the panel and the abstracts of my tremendous co-panelists here.
I wrote on the slow time of fascism. The essay features George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, Natalie Ginzburg’s Winter in the Abruzzi, and Prague’s own Operation Anthropoid. Read the full text here.
Delighted to have a short essay featured at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. This essay, part of the journal’s excellent pedagogy section, is titled, “My Favorite Essay to Teach: Sui Sin Far’s ‘Leaves From the Mental Portfolio of a Eurasian.'” You can read the full text here.
I wrote about the relationship between being unsafe and feeling unwell in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. Cameos by Chalotte Perkins Gilman, Richard Wright, and Simon J. Ortiz. Read the essay at the Ploughshares blog.
Inspired and terrified by the legacy of Paris’s 1931 Colonial Exposition, I wrote a blog post on the real and literary capacities of the aquarium. My visit to the Palias Porte Dorée and the work of Haruki Murakami, Dunya Mikhail, Julio Cortázar, and Robert Lowell. Read it here.
I had the pleasure of presenting a paper on Olive Oatman at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Joined by powerhouses, Erin Gray (UCSC) and Carina del valle Schorske (Columbia), the paper was part of a panel entitled, “Women in Circulation: Body, Image, and Text in Transit” which explored the relationship of race and photography to the public lives of women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many thanks to our pro respondent, Carlo Rotella (Boston College)!
I wrote a short essay on the forgotten story of Olive Oatman, binge watching bad TV, and seeing ghosts. You can read it here.