Professional Statement

Currently an advanced Ph.D. Candidate in this department, I also hold an M.A. in English and Creative Writing (UC Berkeley) and a B.A. in Music (Swarthmore College) with emphases in composition and violin performance. Although I work primarily within the fields of 20th-century and contemporary British and American literature, I am interested in conceptions of sound across all periods and disciplines.

I recently taught a Cal Performances and Mellon Foundation funded course, "Music and Literary Modernism," which integrated attendance at performing arts events with readings in modern American and British literature. Our course website, including student profiles and blog posts, is still active here. Last year, I served as a Berkeley Connect Fellow in English, leading small group and individual mentoring meetings for upper and lower division English majors (and other undergraduates with a strong interest in writing and literature).

For several semesters, along with Professor Eric Falci, I coordinated the Townsend Working Group in Sound Studies, which brought together a diverse community of scholars, artists, and performers interested in sound and its contexts. Though the group itself is currently on hiatus, I work periodically to build out its resources.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Papers Delivered

“Distance Listening”
American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Seattle, WA (2015)

“ ‘Crashing upon a stone ear’: Picturing the Sound of Paterson’s Falls”
Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)

“Hearing by Seeing: Literary Modernism and the Ineluctable Auralities of the Visual”
The Noises of Art: Audiovisual Practice in History, Theory, and Culture, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Aberystwyth, Wales (2013)

“Conditional Musics, Aspirational Forms: Minding Modernism’s Acoustic Regressions”
Modernist Studies Association, University of Sussex, Brighton, England (2013)

“ ‘Objets sonores’: Comparative Poetics and the Compromising Ear”
International Comparative Literature Association, University of Paris-Sorbonne, France (2013)

“The Sonic Cut: Readings of Resonance in Stevens, Moten, Pound”
Seminar Organizer: “Broken Voices, Broken Ears”
American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, RI (2012)

“Sounding Eternity: Copland's Dickinson Settings and the Case of Absent Lyric”
University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference, Charlottesville, VA (2011)

Current Research

At the moment, I'm working on theories of sound in Pound, Williams, and Stevens, and their relations (or non-relations) to certain strands of 20th-century music, philosophy, and contemporary art criticism. My dissertation, "Learning to Hear: The Acoustic Space of Modern Poetry," considers expectations for hearing on the part of writers and readers of seminal modernist texts. I'm also looking to expand my consideration of Aaron Copland's Emily Dickinson settings into a broader discussion of music and lyric voice.

Recent English Courses Taught

Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
R1B/2 Reading and Composition: Literature and Popular Culture Reading and Composition
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
20/1 Modern British and American Literature: Graphic Poetics Poetry
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