Biography

My research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century multiethnic American literature and film, with particular emphases upon contemporary Native American writers and film makers, and upon race and Postcolonial theory. I am particularly interested in the interdisciplinary ways in which Native writers and directors use literature and film as a means by which to engage in otherwise unrealisable political dialogues with national, local, and corporate bodies, in order to express many pressing contemporary tribal socio-political and economic realities. For example, tribal sovereignty; environmental racism;  land claims; water rights; anthropology and the 'repatriation' of remains and artefacts; the role and presence of the dead; concepts of community; and the imaginative erasure of Native peoples in favour of the presence of simulated (and more palatable) ‘indians'. An Introduction to Contemporary Native American Literature for the British Association for American Studies series with Edinburgh University Press was published in November 2007.

I welcome research students with an interest in contemporary multiethnic American literature and film, in the intersections of Postcolonial Studies and Native American Studies, and in the relationships between literature, place and the environment.

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