Rachel has recently submitted a PhD thesis on the quiet contemporary American novel at the University of Nottingham, having previously studied at York, Oxford, and Mount Holyoke College. Her project looks at quiet as a literary aesthetic and argues that quietness has a radical and political function that restores the time for reflection in contemporary American fiction.

Book Review: American Unexceptionalism – The Everyman and the Suburban Novel after 9/11 by Kathy Knapp

By ignoring the lack of innovation in fiction after “9/11,” and by continuing to privilege the representation of a singular “event” as the cornerstone of a national literature, American Unexceptionalism can only partially commit to dismantling the exceptionalism played upon by its title. Continue reading