I’m a Ph.D. Candidate in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
I teach and tutor students in literature and writing composition. I’m also a consultant for digital pedagogy and curricular design.
Tell me about your English.
I specialize in women’s autobiography of the Americas during the long Twentieth Century.
My dissertation focuses on two auto/biographical documentary films and one autofictional biopic: Helena Solberg’s Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995), Lourdes Portillo’s Corpus: Home Movies for Selena (1999), and Valérie Lemercier’s Aline (2020). I argue that each of these films is animated, to differing degrees and with different effects and affects, by what Lauren Fournier calls an “autotheoretical impulse.” My dissertation asks: What does it mean to use another woman as source material, to turn an other into one’s own auto? In what ways might celebrity auto/biography amplify or dissolve contemporary configurations of the self by routing filmmaker, subject, and audience so closely that you can no longer see the boundaries between them? I place these questions in the context of the hemispheric Americas to consider the intersectional positionality of the filmmakers and subjects within each auto/biographical film.
Teaching and Tutoring
British and American Literatures
In addition to American women’s literatures of the Twentieth Century, I’m familiar with British and American literatures in general, from the early modern to present-day. I teach a variety of literary forms and genres, including poetry, prose, plays, and new media. I coach students to read literary texts using different critical and theoretical approaches and offer tips for close reading.
Writing is hell for everyone, but it can be especially challenging for students who feel self-conscious about grammar or English language proficiency. For this reason, I privilege reading and the study of rhetoric (persuasive, evidence-based arguments) over grammar drills. Good readers become good writers, and good ideas are harder to develop than good grammar.