Eric Alan Lewis




Areas of Interest
Narratology; twentieth-century global Anglophone novels; postcolonial, feminist, and queer theories; transmission of affect; protest

William Jewell College and Mansfield College, University of Oxford, BA

My work centers on what I call decolonizing narratives. I am interested in how narrative may reorient readers in such a way as to accomplish political conversion—that is, to affectively transform these readers’ relation to the political and social world. I view such affective transformations as independent of argument and, in fact, before argument, since such an orientation shapes one’s priorities and episteme. For example, I argue that informants seem—although without confirmation—to narrate the “Wandering Rocks” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), imposing the colonized subject’s uncertainty of who might be participating in the colonial surveillance regime on the reader, establishing a radicalized sympathy with the colonized Dubliner. I also work with novels by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Dambudzo Marechera.

Recent Scholarly Activity
"Poetry, Imagination, and Revolution in Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy" The Sigma Tau Delta Review 11.1 (2014): 72-80

“‘The [Rolling] Last Stop”: Re-Queering Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex” at the PCA/ACA Annual National Conference, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2015

"'In the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis': Streets, Trams, and the Colonized Psyche" at the Southern California Irish Studies Colloquium (Fall 2014), UC Riverside, October 18, 2014