Panel 4: Space, Displacement and Dispossession in the Twenty-First Century

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Carl White: “Household Crisis: Mortgages and Adultery in Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets and Martha McPhee’s Dear Money.”

Carl White is a postgraduate researcher in the School of English at the University of Leeds. His current research focuses on neoliberal financialization in twenty-first-century American fiction. He recently co-edited Issue 5 of the WRoCAH Journal.

Josie Lilley-Byrne: “Crisis in Aisle 3: Radical Re-imaginings of the Supermarket Experience.”

Josie Lilley-Byrne is completing a PhD in literature at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores slow reading, slow violence, and climate crisis in contemporary American fiction by examining texts which challenge perceptions of time. She is part of a small postgraduate team organising workshops exploring contemporary theory and criticism; the most recent of which – the ‘K-punk Quarantined’ summer series – explored the legacy of cultural theorist Mark Fisher.

Molly Slavin: “The Contemporary Global Anglophone Novel, Mobility, and Crisis.”

Molly Slavin is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. Her work has been published in Journal of Commonwealth Literature, C21: Journal of 21st Century Writings, and Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. She holds a PhD from the English department of Emory University.

Katherine Kruger: “Time-Frames of the Ageing Writer: Precarity in Deborah Levy’s The Cost of Living.”

Katherine Kruger is an early career researcher currently working as a tutor in the School of English at the University of Sussex. Her thesis made the case that notions of child’s play shape theories of reading embedded in the twentieth-century novel. Remaining in the field of age studies, she has started work on a project exploring discourses of longevity and other temporal tropes which influence narrative investments in ageing in contemporary women’s writing.

Richard Johnston Jones: “Which Way to Outer Space?”

Richard Johnston Jones is a postgraduate researcher in American literature at Keele University. He is currently completing his PhD thesis on genre politics in the work of the American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. During lockdown he has been working with the Paris-Eindhoven-based art and design collective OrtaMiklos for the exhibition ‘6 Acts of Confinement’, currently showing at Friedman Benda, New York.