Delegate Biographies

Presenters’ Biographies


Dr Alice Bennett is a senior lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool Hope University. She is the author of Narrative and Afterlife in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2012), a study looking at the narrative experimentation involved in narration from the afterlife. She is currently working on a project on boredom, interest, attention and distraction in twenty-first-century literature.


Dr Stephen J. Burn has published widely on contemporary literature, writing both academic books and articles, and regularly reviewing fiction for the American Book ReviewNew York Times Book Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. At the heart of this work are a sequence of books about Wallace’s writing—David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: A Reader’s Guide (2003, 2012), Conversations with David Foster Wallace (2012), and (with Marshall Boswell) A Companion to David Foster Wallace Studies (2013)—while Burn has also published a book on Jonathan Franzen, and coedited (for Dalkey Archive Press) a collection of essays on Richard Powers. He is Reader in Post-45 American Literature at the University of Glasgow.


Thomas Chadwick recently graduated with an MA in Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London where he completed a dissertation entitled “Consuming Freedom, Freeing Consumption: Neoliberal Hierarchies in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.” He will begin a PhD on the work of David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Safran Foer and David Markson in September, focusing on the relationship between literary creativity and neoliberalism.


Professor Matthew J. Darling is Assistant Professor of English and Head Volleyball Coach at Gannon University, where he teaches courses in literary theory, American literature, and the European novel.  He has published articles on contemporary American fiction, with recent titles including “Writing, Mothering, and Traumatic Subjectivity in Sapphire’s Push” (in Disjointed Perspectives of Motherhood, 2013) and “David Foster Wallace and the Athlete’s War against the Self” (in American Sports Fiction, 2013).  Another article on Wallace, “‘What Follows Is Substantially True and Accurate’:  Autobiographical Subjectivity in David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King,” has been accepted for publication in Auto/Fiction, due out in late 2015.


Tim Groenland is currently in the final stages of a PhD project that focuses on issues of editing and authorship in the works of Wallace and also of Raymond Carver. I have previously presented work at Wallace conferences in Illinois and Paris (both in 2014) and have also contributed an essay to the forthcoming volume on Wallace in the Critical Insights series.


Dr Clare Hayes-Brady is a lecturer in American Literature at University College Dublin. Her PhD focused on communication in the work of David Foster Wallace, and her monograph on Wallace, The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic (February 2016). Research interests include the interaction of literature with film; transatlantic cultural heritage; performative sexuality (both normative and queer), resistant gender modes and the history of burlesque; digital humanities and modes of transmission; adolescence in contemporary fiction, and dystopian narrative. Dr Hayes-Brady has published and presented widely on aspects of contemporary literature and culture, with a particular focus on gender identity, voice and the body. She is also the founder of the Burlesque and Cabaret Research Network.


Dr David Hering is a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. He is the editor of Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays (2010), and his work has appeared in Critical Engagements and US Studies Online. His monograph, David Foster Wallace: Fiction and Form, is scheduled for release by Bloomsbury in 2016. He is the recipient of a 2013-14 Harry Ransom Research Fellowship for the purposes of researching the Wallace archive in Austin, Texas.


jt Jackson, a life-long poet and playwright, now lends his time to Rust Raven Press as its happenstance publisher, while he raises rustic, old, and recently planted roses of many varieties along the southeastern slope of a flat iron off the Front Range near Golden in the U.S.’s Centennial State, just a short way from where Cassady copped a few cars off of Colfax while a youth.


Dennis Kinlaw is a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews. He is the editor of the Arts & Theology journal Transpositions and Reviews Editor for the Journal of Inkling Studies. His current research is interested primarily in how interdisciplinary approaches to post-/postmodern literature may provide a platform for broader discussions on morality, meaning, and metaphysics after the “death of God.”


Professor Pia Masiero is Assistant Professor of North American Literature at the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. My most recent publications include, Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books: the Making of a Storyworld (Cambria Press, 2011) “Names across the Color Line: William Faulkner’s Short Fiction 1931-1942” (LT2, 2012) “On Focalization Once Again: What about the Reader?” (Cercles, 2014) “Roth’s The Counterlife and the Negotiation of Reality and Fiction.” (CLCWEB, 16.2, 2014). I’m presently working on a volume on David Foster Wallace’s short fiction.


Rob Mayo is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Bristol, focusing on the fiction of David Foster Wallace. His recent extra-curricular research interests have included new wave science fiction, millennial cinema, and videogames.


Elliott Morsia is an AHRC-funded PhD student at Royal Holloway University of London, working on a thesis entitled “D. H. Lawrence and Genetic Criticism”. He received the Marjorie Thompson award for outstanding academic achievement in 2012. His article “A Genetic Study of ‘The Shades of Spring’” was published in the latest number of The Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies (2014).


Sigolene Vivier is a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where she teaches literature and translation; her research focuses on the short fiction of DFW, Steven Millhauser and William H. Gass, and how their works contribute to the evolution of the genre.


Dr Mark West recently completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, where he also teaches literature. He is currently revising his thesis, “Between Times: 21st Century American Fiction and the ‘Long Sixties’,” for publication as a monograph

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