Eric Alan Lewis




Areas of Interest
British and Irish modernism, global Anglophone fiction, South Africa, character, the experience of reading

University of Notre Dame, M.A.
William Jewell College and Mansfield College, University of Oxford, BA


My research focuses on readers’ relationships with what they read. For example, my dissertation, Antagonistic Reading: Vilifying Readers in Modernist and Global Anglophone Fiction, argues that a selection of British and Irish modernist and contemporary South African novels characterizes their readers as antagonists. These novels do so by characterizing readers and interpreters in their pages as intelligence agents, unwanted voyeurs, and interrogators and by eliciting reading strategies that fit into such violent relationships. By adopting such reading strategies, the novels’ real-world readers come to resemble the antagonistic readers in the novels themselves. I argue that although these novels are uniquely self-aware about readers’ potential antagonism against the characters with which they identify, the antagonistic reading they reveal is common in all novel-reading. I am interested more broadly in consumerism, both as represented in novels and as a lens through which to analyze readers’ consumption of novels.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Forthcoming: “Tupperware and Flowerville: Comparing Consumerist Identity Politics in David’s Story and Ulysses” in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, special issue on Geographies of Comparison: Ireland and South Africa

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


“Rethinking the Read-Ahead: Negotiating Agendas and Empowering Graduate Student Writers” at the International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, October 2018

“‘Tupperware People’: Mapping Political Identity in Domestic Space in Ulysses and David’s Story” at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2017

“Characterization and the Role of the Reader in Joyce’s ‘Pretty Little Stor[ies]’” at the North American James Joyce Symposium in Toronto, Canada, June 2017

“The Violence of Narration/Rape in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds” at the American Conference for Irish Studies National Meeting in Kansas City, MO, March-April 2017

“‘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