I am currently at work on two new research projects and a novel. 

Women & Letterpress 1918-2018: Gendered Impressions

This book, currently under contract with Cambridge University Press, examines the art and culture of letterpress printing done by women in the 20th and 21st centuries. Drawing on theories of slow technology, critiques of gendered labour, and theories of craft and the handmade, I argue that this old technology gains new political and aesthetic potency for women as more efficient methods of printing come to dominate the commercial realm. I trace the history of women hand-setting type from the independent literary publishers of the early part of the 20th century through to second-wave feminists printing polemics and posters, and finally to the popularity of letterpress in contemporary culture as a contrast to digital materiality. Focusing on a diverse range of English-language examples, this book tells the story of an anachronistic technology with tactile qualities that have endured in art, literature, and politics even as more efficient print and digital technologies have supplanted it for most practical uses.

This new project uses material from publishers’ archives to examine the relationship between literary aesthetics and the emergence of a global publishing trade. By examining financial records, publishers' correspondence, and authors' papers, I show the international relationships that allowed twentieth-century's best-known novels to find their readers. 


My novel-in-progress is a literary comedy about friendship, loss, and choreographed weight lifting. 

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