I work on literary modernism and global modernism across the arts, as well as Theory (with a capital “t”). I’ve published a couple of books on modernism and theory, and a few articles as well.


BA (Hons.) Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

MA, PhD Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Other Publications

Books and Equivalents

·      Gen. Ed. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. 2016. Rem.routledge.com

·      Co-ed. and intr. with Allana C. Lindgren. The Modernist World. New York: Routledge. 2015.

·      Co-ed. with Tara Thomson, Stephen Ross intr. Dorothy Richardson’s Pointed Roofs. A Broadview Edition. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. 2014.

·      Co-ed. with Tara Thomson, Stephen Ross intr. Dorothy Richardson’s The Tunnel. A Broadview Edition. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. 2014.

·      Ed. and intr. Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate. New York: Routledge. 2009.

·      Conrad and Empire. Columbus: University of Missouri Press, 2004.

Journal Special Issue

Guest Editor, Modern Fiction Studies special issue Working Class Fictions,  47:1, Spring 2001.  Also Introduction, pp. 1-11.

Articles and Chapters

“Speculative Modernism” in Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism. Continuities, Revisions, Speculations. Christine Reynier, Bénédicte Coste, Catherine Delyfer eds. London: Routledge 2017. 139-53.

“Thinking Modernist Ethics with Animals in A Passage to IndiaTwentieth-Century Literature. 63.1 (Fall 2015).

Co-auth with Jentery Sayers. (2014) “Modernism and Digital Humanities” Literature Compass. 11/9 (2014): 625–633.

Co-auth with Alex Christie, and Jentery Sayers. (2014) “Expert/Crowdsourcing for the Linked Modernisms Project.” Scholarly and Research Communication, 5(4): 0401186, 11 pp.

“A Response to Michael O’Driscoll” The Global Review 1.1 (2013). 31-7.

“The Ghost of Ethics in the Modernist Short Story” in Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines. 42 (juin 2012) 7-20.

“La Lettre, Lacan, Lacoue-Labarthe: Desire in Heart of Darkness Redux” in Nidesh Lawtoo, ed. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Contemporary Thought: Revisiting the Horror with Lacoue-Labarthe. (Continuum Press, 2011). 145-63.

“Modernist Haunting and The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus,Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 44:2 (Summer 2011). 268-91.

“Uncanny Modernism, or Analysis Interminable” in Pamela Caughie, ed. Disciplining Modernism. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. 32-55.

“The Ancien Régime and Fetishistic Politics in The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’Conradiana 39:1 (Spring 2007). 3-16.

“Authenticity Betrayed: The ‘Idiotic folk’ of Love on the Dole,” Cultural Critique, 56, Winter 2004, pp. 189-209.

“Mrs. Dalloway’s Ghosts.”  Illuminations:  New Readings on Virginia Woolf.  Carol Merli, ed.  India:  MacMillan, 2004.  55-72.

“Desire in Heart of Darkness,” Conradiana, 36:1/2, Summer 2004, pp. 165-191.

“Authenticity and its Discontents:  The Mountain and the Valley,” Canadian Literature, 165, Summer 2000, pp. 59-75. Reprinted in in Marta Dvorak, ed. The Mountain and the Valley: A Critical Edition. Nepean, ON: Borealis/Tecumseh Press, 2012. 448-54.

“The Abdication of Culture: The Ideology of Imagology in Milan Kundera’s ImmortalityModern Fiction Studies, 46:2, Summer 2000, pp. 331-354.

“A Note on Geometrical Symbols and the Address Label in Conrad’s The Secret AgentConradiana, 32:2, Summer 2000, pp. 119-122.

Blog Posts


    The Modernist Versions Project. (Founding co-director and chair of Board.) Integrated digital environment for ingestion, collation, comparison, mark-up, and production of critical digital editions of modernist texts existing in multiple witnesses. Partnered with NINES, EMiC, Islandora, and ETCL for $2 million dollars in support. Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    Linked Modernisms (Principal Investigator.) Developing a Linked Open Data/Resource Description Framework overlay and interface for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism that will allow faceted searching and social graphing. Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    Open Modernisms Anthology Builder (Co-Director and Principal Investigator.) An Open Access, Open Source online library of modernist materials that will allow users to mix-and-match to create bespoke anthologies for use in teaching and research. Grant funded by the Modernist Studies Association and BC Open Textbook.


    Modern Language Association (MLA)

    Modernist Studies Association (MSA)

    Joseph Conrad Society (JCS)

    Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)

    British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)

    Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNOMS)

    Societé d’Etudes Modernistes (SEM)

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