Eric Alan Lewis




Areas of Interest
Narratology; twentieth-century global Anglophone novels; postcolonial, feminist, and queer theories; transmission of affect; literature in minor languages

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


My research focuses on the intersections of narration, interpretation, translation, and consent in postcolonial literatures. For example, through representing characters’ resistance to narration, by other characters as well as the novel itself, James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) and Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story (2000) and Playing in the Light (2006) draw uncomfortable parallels between coercive police practice, sexual assault, and narrative composition and interpretation, reflecting on their own potential ill effects and complicities in the system of colonialism and forcing readers to do the same.  I am also interested in such related topics as how novels represent sexual assault, the aestheticization of violence, and minor-language writers’ negotiation of the promises and threats of translation into a global language.

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


“‘I seen that particular party’: Informant-Narrators, Minor Characters, and Radicalizing Sympathy in ‘Wandering Rocks’” at the International James Joyce Symposium in London, United Kingdom, June 13-18, 2016

“Bird-men, Natural Otherworlds, and a ‘Mad,’ Poetic Opposition to Anthropocentrism” at the American Conference for Irish Studies National Conference at the University of Notre Dame, March 30-April 3, 2016

“‘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