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Dr Joanna Freer

Lecturer in American Literature


Extension: 5304

Telephone: 01392 725304

My research is motivated by a fascination with counter-communities and the role of literature in promoting, critiquing and helping to form them. Initially centred around the work of the American postmodernist Thomas Pynchon, these research interests led to the publication of my first monograph, Thomas Pynchon and American Counterculture with Cambridge University Press in 2014. Since then, my focus has expanded to include ‘post-countercultural’ writing (by Pynchon, Acker, Reed, Bambara and Vizenor) of the 1970s. Further interests include literary representations of gender and sex, intersections between politics and economy in fiction, and twenty-first century critical approaches. These interests are reflected in two forthcoming edited essay collections, Pynchon, Gender, and Sex (forthcomin in 2018 with Georgia UP) and The New Pynchon Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions (under contract with Cambridge UP), as well as a special issue of Textual Practice scheduled for publication in 2018.

I am currently teaching Academic English, Beyond the Border: The Politics of Place in Contemporary North American Literature and Culture, and teaching and convening Empire of Liberty: American Literature, 1776-Present.

My office hours for semester 1 2017-18 are 14.30-15.30 Mondays and 14.00-16.00 Tuesdays in Queens BG33. Please use the sign-up sheet by my door.