Research Profile

Alan Gibbs

Biography

PhD (University of Nottingham, 2005)My research interests are in contemporary American literature, postmodernism, trauma theory and the literature of trauma, Jewish-American literature, and naturalism in American culture. I am the author of Contemporary American Trauma Narratives (Edinburgh UP, 2014), which won the Irish Association for American Studies' 2015 Peggy O'Brien Book Prize, and Henry Roth’s Semi-Autobiographical Tetralogy, Mercy of a Rude Stream(1994-1998): The Second Career of an American Novelist (Mellen, 2008), plus articles and book chapters on crime fiction, trauma in popular culture, and naturalism in contemporary American culture. I am currently researching further elements of naturalism in contemporary American literature and culture. I welcome proposals from prospective PhD candidates in any of these areas.  

Research Interests

My research and supervision interests include a wide range of American writing. In particular, I am interested in contemporary American fiction, trauma narratives and trauma theory, Jewish-American literature, autobiography, narrative theory, and naturalism in American literature and culture. In 2014 I published a monograph, Contemporary American Trauma Narratives, with Edinburgh University Press. This monograph won the Irish Association for American Studies' 2015 Peggy O'Brien Prize. I am currently researching naturalism in contemporary American culture.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Ted Solotaroff and the New American Review 1967-1977Irish Research Council01-OCT-1930-SEP-21€91,850.00
Reading Postmodernism - Indeterminacy, Instability and the changing role of the Modern Reader.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1630-SEP-19€69,390.00
The Resurgence of American Literary Naturalism in the Neoliberal 21st CenturyIrish Research Council01-OCT-1830-SEP-20€48,000.00
Solastalgic America - Literature of the Environmental Psyche.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1730-SEP-18€24,000.00
Innovative Representations of Trauma in Contemporary Literature, Postmodernish and popular Culture.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1630-SEP-19€71,924.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Contemporary American Trauma Narratives.
Gibbs, Alan (2014) Contemporary American Trauma Narratives. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [Details]
(2008)Henry Roth's Semi-Autobiographical Tetralogy Mercy of a Rude Stream (1994-1998): The Second Career of an American Novelist.
Gibbs, Alan; (2008) Henry Roth's Semi-Autobiographical Tetralogy Mercy of a Rude Stream (1994-1998): The Second Career of an American Novelist. unknown: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'Adam, Reset, Children of Earth: Day Five'
Gibbs, Alan (2020) 'Adam, Reset, Children of Earth: Day Five' In: Peevers, Richard and Bob Furnell (eds). Torchwood: What the Fans Think. Vancouver: Pencil Tip Publishing. [Details]
(2014)'The problem is, I'm not sure I believe in the thunderclap of trauma: Aesthetics of Trauma in Contemporary American Literature'
Gibbs, Alan (2014) 'The problem is, I'm not sure I believe in the thunderclap of trauma: Aesthetics of Trauma in Contemporary American Literature' In: Tamas Benyei and Alexandra Stara (eds). The Edges of Trauma: Explorations in Visual Art and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars' Press. [Full Text] [Details]
(2010)'Listen to him, Mr. Take-Charge: Gender Politics and Morality in Carl Hiaasen's Crime Novels'
Gibbs, A; (2010) 'Listen to him, Mr. Take-Charge: Gender Politics and Morality in Carl Hiaasen's Crime Novels' In: Writing America into the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Full Text] [Details]
(2009)'Naturalism and Steinbeck's Curious Compromise in The Grapes of Wrath'
Gibbs, Alan; (2009) 'Naturalism and Steinbeck's Curious Compromise in The Grapes of Wrath' In: The Grapes of Wrath: A Re-Consideration. Amsterdam: Rodopi. [Full Text] [Details]
(2008)'Jewish Salami and Ira Stigman's Mark of Evil: Sex and Self-Hatred in the work of Henry Roth'
Gibbs, Alan; (2008) 'Jewish Salami and Ira Stigman's Mark of Evil: Sex and Self-Hatred in the work of Henry Roth' In: Jews and Sex. unknown: Five Leaves. [Details]
(2005)'Jewish American Autobiography'
Gibbs, Alan; (2005) 'Jewish American Autobiography' In: The Encyclopaedia of Ethnic American Literature. unknown: Greenwood Press. [Details]
(2005)'Nathanael West'
Gibbs, Alan; (2005) 'Nathanael West' In: The Encyclopaedia of Ethnic American Literature. unknown: Greenwood Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'"Things happen to you they happen": Cormac McCarthy, Morality, and Neo-Naturalism'
Gibbs, A (2020) '"Things happen to you they happen": Cormac McCarthy, Morality, and Neo-Naturalism'. Cormac Mccarthy Journal, 18 :56-77 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'So This Is a Big Preventive Guilt Trip: Neo-Naturalism and the Politics of Obesity in Lionel Shriver's Big Brother'
Gibbs, Alan (2019) 'So This Is a Big Preventive Guilt Trip: Neo-Naturalism and the Politics of Obesity in Lionel Shriver's Big Brother'. Pennsylvania Literary Journal, 11 (3):186-204 [Details]
(2015)'Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Round-Table Discussion'
Craps, Stef; Cheyette, Bryan; Gibbs, Alan; Andermahr, Sonya; Allwork, Larissa (2015) 'Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Round-Table Discussion'. Humanities, 4 (4):905-923   [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'“Maybe that's what happens if you touch the Doctor, even for a second”: Trauma in Doctor Who'
Gibbs, Alan (2013) '“Maybe that's what happens if you touch the Doctor, even for a second”: Trauma in Doctor Who'. Journal of Popular Culture, 46 (5):950-972   [Full Text] [Details]
(2006)'Trends in Twentieth-Century American Literary culture: Henry Roth's 'Gateways of Esteem''
Gibbs, Alan; (2006) 'Trends in Twentieth-Century American Literary culture: Henry Roth's 'Gateways of Esteem''. Working With English, 2 (*):*-* [Details]
(2005)'A Means to an End: Henry Roth's Self-Consuming Short Fiction'
Gibbs, Alan; (2005) 'A Means to an End: Henry Roth's Self-Consuming Short Fiction'. Journal of The Short Story In English, 44 (*):25-36 [Details]
(2004)'Editing the Great Literary Comeback: Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth and Henry Roth's Mercy of a Rude Stream'
Gibbs, Alan; (2004) 'Editing the Great Literary Comeback: Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth and Henry Roth's Mercy of a Rude Stream'. US Studies Online, 5 (*):*-* [Details]
(2003)'Editing Henry Roth's Mercy Series: A Conversation with Robert Weil'
Gibbs, Alan; (2003) 'Editing Henry Roth's Mercy Series: A Conversation with Robert Weil'. Studies In American Jewish Literature, 22 (*):154-162 [Details]
(2003)'The Play's the Thing: Textual Criticism and Performance of King Lear'
Gibbs, Alan; (2003) 'The Play's the Thing: Textual Criticism and Performance of King Lear'. Postgraduate English, (7) [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2020)Review: Ernst, Matter-Siebel, and Schmidt, eds., Revisionist Approaches to American Realism and Naturalism.
Gibbs, Alan (2020) Review: Ernst, Matter-Siebel, and Schmidt, eds., Revisionist Approaches to American Realism and Naturalism. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage.
Gibbs, A (2011) History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2012)The Major Phases of Philip Roth.
Gibbs, A (2012) The Major Phases of Philip Roth. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2006)Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth.
Gibbs, Alan; (2006) Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth. Book Reviews [Details]
(2006)Atom Egoyan.
Gibbs, Alan; (2006) Atom Egoyan. Book Reviews [Details]
(2004)Lars von Trier.
Gibbs, Alan; (2004) Lars von Trier. Book Reviews [Details]
(2003)American Literature: The Essential Glossary.
Gibbs, Alan; (2003) American Literature: The Essential Glossary. Book Reviews [Details]
(2006)Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman's Survivor's Tale of the Holocaust.
Gibbs, Alan; (2006) Considering Maus: Approaches to Art Spiegelman's Survivor's Tale of the Holocaust. Book Reviews [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2015Peggy O'Brien Book Prize Irish Association for American Studies

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
British Association for American Studies Member/
Irish Association for American Studies Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)Confidence Men and Hucksters: Corruption and Governance,
Gibbs, Alan (2019) IAAS Annual COnference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Confidence Men and Hucksters: Corruption and Governance, University College Cork , 12-APR-19 - 13-APR-19. [Details]
(2017)PCA-ACA Annual Conference,
Gibbs, Alan (2017) Sensationalist Neo-Naturalism: The Nether World of The Shield. [Oral Presentation], PCA-ACA Annual Conference, San Diego, California , 12-APR-17 - 15-APR-17. [Details]
(2016)Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds,
Gibbs, Alan (2016) 'Things Happen to You They Happen': Cormac McCarthy and the New Naturalism. [Oral Presentation], Crossroads and Transgressions: Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds, JFK Institute, Berlin , 07-JUL-16 - 09-JUL-16. [Details]
(2015)Decolonizing Trauma Studies Symposium,
Gibbs, Alan (2015) Decolonizing Trauma Theory: Roundtable. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Decolonizing Trauma Studies Symposium, University of Northampton, UK , 15-MAY-15 - 15-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)Memory Frictions: International Conference on Contemporary Narratives in English,
Gibbs, Alan (2015) 'Naturalism and Traumatic Memory in Lionel Shriver's Big Brother. [Oral Presentation], Memory Frictions: International Conference on Contemporary Narratives in English, Zaragoza, Spain , 06-MAY-15 - 08-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)Sight Unseen: IAAS Annual Conference,
Gibbs, Alan (2015) The Shield: Torture and Surveillance in post-9/11 American Popular Culture. [Oral Presentation], Sight Unseen: IAAS Annual Conference, TCD, Dublin , 24-APR-15 - 25-APR-15. [Details]
(2015)Narrative (Annual Conference),
Gibbs, Alan (2015) Denarration and the Counterfactual: Narratives of Trauma in Lionel Shriver's Big Brother. [Oral Presentation], Narrative (Annual Conference), Chicago , 05-MAR-15 - 08-MAR-15. [Details]
(2014)British Association of American Studies Annual Conference,
Gibbs, Alan (2014) Against Collective Trauma: Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers and Pluralistic Responses to 9/11. [Oral Presentation], British Association of American Studies Annual Conference, Brimingham, UK , 10-APR-14 - 13-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)North East Modern Languages Association Annual Conference,
Gibbs, Alan (2014) The Gulf Wars and Perpetrator Trauma. [Oral Presentation], North East Modern Languages Association Annual Conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA , 03-APR-14 - 06-APR-14. [Details]
(2012)Cultural Representations of Trauma,
Gibbs, Alan (2012) ‘It’s so heartbreaking, violence, when it’s in a house’: Neo-Naturalist Explorations of Traumatic Absence and Loss in Recent American Counterfactual Novels. [Oral Presentation], Cultural Representations of Trauma, University of Reykjavik , 31-AUG-12 - 01-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities,
Gibbs, Alan (2012) ‘The problem is, I’m not sure I believe in the thunderclap of trauma’: The Trauma Genre and Trauma Criticism in Contemporary American Literature. [Oral Presentation], Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities, University of Lincoln , 20-AUG-12 - 23-AUG-12. [Details]
(2012)American Alternatives/Alternative Americas,
Gibbs, Alan (2012) Chair of Organising Committee/Panel Chair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], American Alternatives/Alternative Americas, University College Cork , 27-APR-12 - 28-APR-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference,
Gibbs, Alan (2011) Appropriating Trauma: American Literary Responses to 9/11. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast , 15-APR-11 - 16-APR-11. [Details]
(2010)Exploring the Edge of Trauma,
Gibbs, A; (2010) Traumatic Metafiction and the Inscribed Narrator in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. [Oral Presentation], Exploring the Edge of Trauma, Chichester, Sussex, UK , 13-MAY-10 - 16-MAY-10. [Details]
(2009)The Work of Autobiography,
Gibbs, Alan; (2009) Autobiography and Film Adaptation: Swofford, Mendes and Jarhead. [Oral Presentation], The Work of Autobiography, University College, London , 26-MAY-09 - 28-MAY-09. [Details]
(2009)British Association for American Studies Conference,
Gibbs, Alan; (2009) Don DeLillo's The Body Artist: A New Phenomenology of Trauma. [Oral Presentation], British Association for American Studies Conference, University of Nottingham, U.K , 16-APR-09 - 19-APR-09. [Details]
(2008)1948: American Realignments Conference,
Gibbs, Alan; (2008) 1940 or 1948? Philip Roth and Michael Chabon's Alternative Histories. [Oral Presentation], 1948: American Realignments Conference, University of Sussex, England , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)International Conference on the Short Story in English,
Gibbs, Alan; (2008) International Conference on the Short Story in English. [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Conference on the Short Story in English, University College Cork, Cork , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)British Association for American Studies Conference,
Gibbs, Alan; (2007) Listen to him, Mr. Take-Charge: Gender Politics in Carl Hiaasen's Crime Novels. [Oral Presentation], British Association for American Studies Conference, University of Leicester, England , 01-APR-07 - 01-APR-07. [Details]
(2005)British Association for American Studies Conference,
Gibbs, Alan; (2005) Making Funnies: Repetition, Evasion and Procrastination in American Postmodernist Trauma Narratives. [Oral Presentation], British Association for American Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, England , 01-APR-05 - 01-APR-05. [Details]
(2004)Literary Fads and Fashions: International Conference,
Gibbs, Alan; (2004) Trends in Twentieth-Century American Literary Culture: Henry Roth's Gateways of Esteem. [Oral Presentation], Literary Fads and Fashions: International Conference, University of Nottingham, England , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04. [Details]
(2004)Interdisciplinary Approaches to Short Fiction Theory and Criticism,
Gibbs, Alan; (2004) A Means to an End: Henry Roth's Self-Consuming Short Fiction. [Oral Presentation], Interdisciplinary Approaches to Short Fiction Theory and Criticism, Salamanca, Spain , 01-MAR-04 - 01-MAR-04. [Details]
(2003)Race and Rights Symposium,
Gibbs, Alan; (2003) Race and Rights Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Race and Rights Symposium, University of Nottingham, UK , 01-DEC-03 - 01-DEC-03. [Details]
(2002)Jewish-American and Holocaust Literature Symposium,
Gibbs, Alan; (2002) Henry Roth's Flawed Flawed Hero: Editing and Censorship in Mercy of a Rude Stream. [Oral Presentation], Jewish-American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, Boca Raton, Florida , 01-OCT-02 - 01-OCT-02. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Graduate Studies Committee Chair of Committee and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies2015 / 2018
CACSSS Graduate Studies Committee School of English representative2012 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer in American Literature (English Department)01-SEP-06 /
University of Nottingham Lecturer in American Literature (Temporary)01-SEP-05 / 01-JUN-06
University of Nottingham Teaching Assistant (Temporary/Part-time)01-JAN-05 / 01-JUN-05
Nottingham Trent University Teaching Assistant (Temporary/Part-time)01-JAN-05 / 01-JUN-05

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2000University of the West of England, Bristol B.A.English
2001University of the West of England, Bristol M.A.English
2005University of Nottingham PhDAmerican Studies

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of American Studies Referee01-MAR-08 -
Journal Of American Studies Referee01-JAN-15 -
The Journal Of The Short Story In English Editor01-JUN-05 -
The European Journal Of American Studies Member of Advisory Board01-JAN-15 - 30-APR-21
Criticism Referee12-JAN-15 -
Contemporary Literature Referee01-JAN-15 -

Other Activities

 Description

PhD External examiner at Trinity College Dublin, 2016

PhD external examiner at University of Edinburgh, December 2014

PhD external examiner at University of Limerick, October 2014

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I was appointed to my current position in UCC as lecturer in American Literature during September 2006, my first permanent academic appointment. My teaching and research interests include naturalism in American culture, Jewish-American writing, autobiography, contemporary American fiction, and trauma narratives, with a strong emphasis on narrative theory.

My research in Jewish-American literature has centred especially on Henry Roth, a neglected twentieth-century author. I published a monograph containing significant new biographical material obtained from archival research and interviews. I have separately published interviews on the subject of Roth, plus articles on his reputation, and on the editing of his work, comparing it to the case of Ralph Ellison. My monograph on Roth attempts to situate him not only in the more traditional Jewish-American context but also alongside other contemporary and postmodernist literature. 
I have been invited to give papers on Jewish-American literature at a number of international conferences, including the Jewish-American and Holocaust Literature Symposium in America in 2003 and the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Short Fiction Theory and Criticism conference in Spain in 2004. I edited a collection for the Journal of the Short Story in English (see below) partly as a result of my involvement with this conference. I was also asked to deliver a public lecture at Cork Public Library on contemporary Jewish-American literature, as part of their lecture series on the short story in 2008. More recently, I have delivered papers at international conferences in London, Nottingham, Chichester, Belfast, Lincoln, and Reykjavik on the subject of trauma in contemporary American literature. I have also been invited to give talks to specialist audiences at an international level, as when I was invited to lecture on contemporary Jewish-American fiction to the English MA class at the University of Rostock in June 2008.  

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2020Sean Travers University College CorkPHDInnovative Representations of Trauma in Contemporary Literature
2020Ciaran Kavanagh University College CorkPHDPostmodernism and Reader-Response

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Mahler Anne Doctoral Degree
Mc Creedy Sarah Ann Elizabeth Doctoral Degree
Mulcahy Laura Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Adaptation, Literature, and Culture EN2079Adaptation, Literature, and Culture
2021Postmodernism EN6026Postmodernism
2010Special Studies Seminar II EN3007Special Studies Seminar II
202120th Century American Literature EN304820th Century American Literature
2010Critical Theory EN3051Critical Theory
2021Nineteenth-Century American Literature EN2046Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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