Tomas Pollard is the coordinator of the American Studies minor at a Bachelor level at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, teaching courses on literature, American culture, and writing. Currently working on an essay on Kurt Vonnegut, he has published essays on Willa Cather, Henry James, and Joseph Heller.

Book Review: Pynchon’s California edited by Scott McClintock and John Miller

This collection of essays offers additional proof of Pynchon’s continued centrality in American literature by displaying the politics of place and premeditated murder of some California stereotypes although Pynchon lets the utopian dreams for California, America, and the 1960s gracefully, painfully recede yet linger in these works as well. Continue reading

Conference Review: ‘Protest: Resistance and Dissent in America’

Bianca Scoti and Dr Tomas Pollard review a selection of panels and the keynote lectures at the BAAS Postgraduate Conference (15 November, 2014) Continue reading