My primary areas of interest include media history and theory, the novel, modernism, the digital humanities, and the history of the book.
I am currently working on a book project called Out of Print: Big Data, Modernism, and the Novel. Out of Print traces the current culture of Big Data back to the modernist era, examining how novelists in each period have responded to changing ideas about the scale, form, and significance of data by reinvigorating the book as a literary medium.
“What does it mean to be bound to the book in an era defined by the shift from paper to digital texts? Out of Print argues that novelists have responded to print’s marginalization by producing innovative works that explore the aesthetic potential of the print book’s tactile materiality and limited storage capacity. Drawing on literary studies, media theory, the history of the book, and media archaeology, I trace the intertwined genealogies of contemporary literature and digital information culture back to the early twentieth century. In both periods, writers have reevaluated the status of the novel as an information medium, in the process engaging with and critiquing new, non-book information media. The novels under examination here—modernist and contemporary texts from England, Ireland, and the United States—consider how the material properties of the print book complement or complicate the role of literary representation and the relationship between narrative and data. In other words, they bring a media-specific awareness to the novel’s archival project. Analyzing these experimental literary works as part of larger media ecologies, this project charts the complex relationships that connect novels, print books, and other information storage media.”