My Writing



  • Frontier Justice in the Novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Cormac McCarthy, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.
  • For Argument’s Sake: Essays on Literature and Culture, Charleston SC: CreateSpace, 2013.
  • Blood and Bone, Sydney: Xoum, 2014.


Publications Edited

  • Edward P. Jones: New Essays, Melbourne: Whetstone Press, 2011.
  • Antithesis 20, President of Editorial Committee, 2009-2010.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Feed the Kids, Feed the Hungry Beast: Crystal Methamphetamine Addiction and the Exploitation of Family Structures in the Short Stories of Ron Rash,” forthcoming in Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia edited by Leslie Worthington and Jürgen Grandt.
  • “To See the Lives of Others Through the Eyes of God: Affectivity and Literary Aesthetics in the Short Stories of Edward P. Jones,” forthcoming in the Journal of the Short Story in English: Affect and the Short Story (Cycle) (2016).
  • “Whose Side Is the Law On? The Legal Absurdity of the Superhero Registration Act,” forthcoming in Marvel’s Civil War: How Comics Defined the Post-9/11 Era edited by Kevin M. Scott.
  • “Winesburg, Elsewhere: Sherwood Anderson and the Literary Formalization of Obsession in Small-Town America and Abroad,” forthcoming in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio: Critical Dialogues edited by Precious McKenzie Stearns.
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985),” The Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature, Eds. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones, Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2013: 210-211.
  • “Character Synthesis in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” The Explicator 70.2 (June 2012): 83-86.
  • “Speaking Around the Unspeakable: Prose Style, Novelistic Form, and Frederic Henry’s Compulsion to Narrate,” Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms: Critical Appraisals, Ed. Pinaki Roy, Kolkata: Books Way, 2012: 139-145.
  • “Reader, Writer, Mentor, Man: A Tapestry of Edward P. Jones,” Edward P. Jones: New Essays, Ed. Daniel Davis Wood, Melbourne: Whetstone Press, 2011: 11-59.
  • “Anatomising a Body of Work: A Survey of Critical Analyses of the Jones Oeuvre,” Edward P. Jones: New Essays, Ed. Daniel Davis Wood, Melbourne: Whetstone Press, 2011: 61-71.
  • “Rebirth of the Nouveau Roman: 9/11 as a Crisis of Confidence in American Literary Aesthetics,” Other Modernities 6 (Sept. 2011): 134-145.
  • “At a Loss for Words: Subtext, Silence, and Sympathy in Eudora Welty’s ‘Where Is the Voice Coming From?’,” The Eudora Welty Review 3 (April 2011): 97-117.
  • “The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Passage of Time as an Agent of Change in Zack Snyder’s Film Adaptation of Watchmen,” Colloquy 20 (Dec. 2010): 104-120.
  • “Dignity Through Degradation: Postcolonial Creative Non-Fiction and the Politics of Exaggeration in Dave Eggers’ What Is the What and Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place,” Traffic 11 (Nov. 2009): 96-111.
  • “A Stain on the American Soul: Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’ as a Condemnation of American Slavery Legitimised by Manifest Destiny,” Antithesis 19 (May 2009): 91-106.


Book Reviews and Literary Essays

  • “The Disappearance of the Man Who Never Was: Washington Irving, Diedrich Knickerbocker, and the Hoax that Launched the First American Author,” Antithesis 22 (2012): 93-99.
  • The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick,” Limina 18 (June 2012): read.
  • All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories by E.L. Doctorow,” The Critical Flame 3.18 (March-April 2012): read.
  • “Beyond City Limits: Edward P. Jones’s Uncollected Short Fiction,” Edward P. Jones: New Essays, Ed. Daniel Davis Wood, Melbourne: Whetstone Press, 2011: 205-211.
  • The Myth of the American Superhero and Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence,” Modern Language Studies 41.1 (Sept. 2011): 110-113.
  • “The Literature of Monstrosity and the Monstrosity of Literature: Poetry and Paedophilia in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita,” Philament 17 (Sept. 2011): 76-80.
  • “Alive on the Page: Looking Back at David Foster Wallace,” Kill Your Darlings 6 (July-Sept. 2011): 135-143.
  • Foster by Claire Keegan,” Killings: The Kill Your Darlings Blog (March 2011): read.
  • The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form by Cormac McCarthy,” The Quarterly Conversation 22 (Feb. 2011): read.
  • “The Audacity of Veracity: Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man and E.W. Cole: Chasing the Rainbow,” The Critical Flame 2.10 (Nov.-Dec. 2010): read.
  • C by Tom McCarthy,” Killings: The Kill Your Darlings Blog (Oct. 2010): read.
  • “The Five-Year Plan: The 2010 MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Fellowships,” Killings:  The Kill Your Darlings Blog (Sept. 2010): read.
  • “Fitting the Form: Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun,” The Critical Flame 2.8 (July-Aug. 2010): read.
  • The Reader by Dion Kagan (ed.),” Antithesis 20 (May 2010): 217-219.
  • “The Other Seven-Eighths of the Iceberg: Peering Beneath the Surface of Ernest Hemingway’s Six-Word Story,” Philament 15 (Dec. 2009): 100-104.


Subject Lectures and Public Talks

  • “Betrayal Hidden Behind a Smile: The Metafictional Articulation of Rage in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” delivered for the subject “American Classics” at the University of Melbourne (May 2010, 2011, and 2012).
  • “Pay Attention! The Tension Between Concentration and Distraction in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and Adam Kalkin’s Tennis Academy,” a lecture by invitation at the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Sept. 2011): read.
  • Emerging Writers’ Festival/EWFdigital: The Festival Online, panelist by invitation discussing “UNESCO Cities of Literature” (May 2011): read.
  • The Critical Failure “Unconference,” panelist by invitation at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing, and Ideas (Sept. 2010).
  • “Ernest Hemingway and the Emasculation of Masculinity: The Hemingway Style and the Code Hero in A Farewell to Arms,” delivered twice for an audience of final-year VCE students at Trinity Grammar School, Kew (March 2010).


Conference Presentations

  • “Tracing the Borders of Justice in Cormac McCarthy’s Southwestern Novels,” forthcoming at the Cormac McCarthy Conference, University of Western Sydney Writing and Society Research Centre (July 2014).
  • “Nobel, Tagore, Geheeb: Three Lives,” presented at the Andacht, Ecole d’Humanité, Switzerland (October 2012).
  • “The Voice of the Crowd on the Wild Frontier: Popular Support for the Pre-Emption Act of 1841 and the Populist Appeal of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer,” presented at the 18th International James Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar, State University of New York at Oneonta (July 2011).
  • “From Intemperate Fanaticism to Indiscriminate Brutality: The Behavioural Trajectory of the American Frontiersman in the Popular Fiction of the Nineteenth Century,” presented at the U.S. History Day co-hosted by the University of Melbourne’s School of Historical Studies and the University of Sydney’s U.S. Studies Centre (Nov. 2010).
  • “Two Futures With No Future Beyond Them: How a Language in Decay Creates a World of Utmost Destruction in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Steven Amsterdam’s Things We Didn’t See Coming,” presented at the University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium (July 2010).
  • “King of the Urban Frontier: The Behavioural Ethic of the Comic-Book Superhero and the Frontier Justice of the American West,” presented at the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference (July 2010).
  • “The American Dream Becomes an American Nightmare: Twenty-Five Years of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian,” presented at the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication Graduate Student Seminar (May 2010).
  • “Why the West was Wild and Why it Matters Now: Frontier Justice in American Literature from the War of Independence to the Present Day,” presented at the University of Melbourne Work-In-Progress Seminar (Nov. 2009).


Reporting and Copywriting

Between September 2013 and September 2014, I wrote some fifty news articles for the website of the Ecole d’Humanité, the school at which I have been a teacher since 2012. Below are links to each of my articles. Titles in bold font are recommended reading.

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