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Dr Joanna Freer

Research interests

My primary area of research interest is post-WWII American literature, in particular formally-experimental prose, political fiction (especially 'oppositional' postmodernism), Native American literature, and utopian and dystopian fiction. Theoretically, my research is informed by postmodern theory, poststructuralism, ecocriticism; by theories of the local and the global, postcolonial and decolonial, affect, gender and sex; and by work in sociology, history and economics.

I am currently working on a monograph entitled Narrating Sustainable Communities: Post-Countercultural and Native American Fiction 1969-1980, which examines the formal eco-politics of work by Kathy Acker, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Cade Bambara, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor. This book will consider how these writers employ 'anarchist' narrative structures and oral narrative techniques in prose forms that reflect, formally, on the kinds of social structures and affective relations conducive to sustainable living.