I research representations of digital media in literary and popular culture. My first monograph explores what I term, ‘the digital banal’. The digital banal describes the way we encounter new media as already boring, and so are unable to engage with the novelty of our mediational everyday lives. In this project, I consider realist/reality narratives of contemporary life lived with digital technology, and work to recover the novel conditions of becoming-with technology latent in otherwise banal everyday occurrences.
Current research explores popular depictions of computation as mighty and powerful obfuscation. Here I am interested in the figures of hackers and users as well as displays of complex computation that resist narrativization. I am looking at Hollywood films, comics, and documentaries, as well as popular press reporting of new user/hacker sovereignties.
I am Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at Queen Mary University of London. I was previously Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at University of Birmingham.