Panel 1: Contamination, Contagion and Crisis

Jennifer Cooke: “Plague Logics and Covid-19’s Worst Hot Takes.”

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Jennifer Cooke is Senior Lecturer in English at Loughborough University. She is the author of Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing: The New Audacity (CUP, 2020) and Legacies of Plague in Literature, Theory and Film(Palgrave, 2009) and editor of The New Feminist Literary Studies (CUP, forthcoming 2020) and Scenes of Intimacy: Reading, Writing and Theorising Contemporary Literature(Bloomsbury, 2013). She was the BACLS Treasurer, 2016-2019.

Liam Harrison: “A dance through filth and fever’: Narrating the Durations and Intimacies of Sickness in Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones.”

Liam Harrison is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, researching late styles and the legacies of modernism in twenty-first century literature, with a particular focus on contemporary Irish fiction.

Mark Bresnan: “Navigating the Infodemic in Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina.”

Dr. Mark Bresnan is Instructor of English at Colorado State University, where he teaches American literature and composition. He has published on a wide variety of contemporary American fiction and popular culture, including articles on David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, and Jonathan Franzen.

Joseph Anderton: “Crises in Times of Crisis: Homelessness and Discourses of Pathology.”

Dr Joseph Anderton is Senior Lecturer in English at BCU. Author of the monograph Beckett’s Creatures and numerous articles on dehumanisation, nonhuman animals and late modernism, he is currently working on his next book, Writing Homelessness in Contemporary British Literature.

Sarah Collier: “‘Making sad faces’: Veteran trauma and the Opioid Crisis in Nico Walker’s Cherry.”

Sarah Collier is a PhD student in English at UCL, London. Her research explores representations of military masculinities in American narratives of the war on terror. Her current research focuses on how non-normative military identities challenge and undermine hegemonic military masculinity in contemporary literature and film.