Areas of Study: 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Realism, Autobiographical Literature, Character Studies.
My research focuses on the changing state of character in contemporary American novels. Where early American novelists designed their characters through the use of realism (and its extensions), my project analyzes the recent shift towards "autobiographical fiction" or "autofiction." This is when an author writes a version of themselves into the text, blending the lines between memoir and novel. I am concerned with how this new literary movement complicates character studies as we know it today, which primarily seeks to understand how and why we read character.