I received my Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. I teach British and American 20th- and 21st-century literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
In my book, Hope and Wish Image in Music Technology, I argue that music technologies such as filesharing platforms, streaming services, and media players, as well as many of their historical antecedents, attract unconscious desires for socialism and collectivity, enabling millions of people living under capitalism to dream of repressed social alternatives.
Another book, Modernist Fiction and News: Representing Experience in the Early Twentieth Century, explores how contested categories of experience motivated modernist fiction writers to engage with the revolutionized news discourse that claimed so much narrative space and power in their culture.
I have published articles on James Joyce, Walter Benjamin, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon, George Saunders, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s album, In the Aeroplane over the Sea. Some of these articles are accessible through Trinity University's Digital Commons.
- Hope and Wish Image in Music Technology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
- Modernist Fiction and News: Representing Experience in the Early Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Dubliners without Paralysis: Hope, Hunger, and Spiritual Liberation in Joyce.” James Joyce Quarterly (forthcoming).
- “The Future of Joyce’s Portrait: The Künstlerroman and Hope.” Dublin James Joyce Journal 9 (2016): 47-67.
- “Storytelling and Alienated Labor: Joyce, Benjamin, and the Narrative Wording Class.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.2 (Winter 2015): 29-44.
- “The Music of Wish Images: Walter Benjamin, Filesharing, and Utopia.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 26.2 (June 2014): 321-345.
- “Like the Odyssey, Only Different: Olympian Omnipotence versus Karmic Adjustment in Pynchon’s Vineland.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 55.1 (2014): 17-32.
- “David Foster Wallace and Lovelessness.” Twentieth-Century Literature 59.4 (Winter 2013): 575-95.
- “George Saunders and the Postmodern Working Class.” Contemporary Literature 53.3 (Fall 2012): 437-60.
- “The Perverse in Historical Perception: Anne Frank and Neutral Milk Hotel in the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” Resounding Pasts: Essays on Literature, Music, and Cultural Memory. Ed. Dragoslav Momcilovic (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). 311-31.
- “The Cat’s Meow: Ulysses, Animals, and the Veterinary Gaze.” James Joyce Quarterly 46.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2009): 529-43.
- “Reading Gravity’s Rainbow After September Eleventh: An Anecdotal Approach.” Postmodern Culture 13.1 (September 2002).
- Jesse Shotter, Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century. James Joyce Quarterly 55.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2018): 477-80.
- Maurizia Boscagli and Enda Duffy, eds. European Joyce Studies 21: Joyce, Benjamin and Magical Urbanism. James Joyce Quarterly 50.1-2 (Fall 2012-Winter 2013): 524-8.
- Ann Ardis and Patrick Collier, eds. Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms. Modernism/modernity 18.2 (April 2011): 470-2.
- Philip Kitcher, Joyce’s Kaleidoscope: An Invitation to Finnegans Wake. James Joyce Quarterly 45.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2008): 600-3.
- J.M. Coetzee, Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005. Philip Roth Studies 4.2 (Fall 2008): 196-8.