I have written on a broad range of topics over the past two decades. All my books and essays have tended to explore the unforeseen transformations of people who find themselves, for one reason or another, in pieces.
I have recently finished a book about the relationship between the moving image and recovery from complex trauma. This book will be published by Routledge in early 2021, and is entitled Something to Watch Over Me: Post-Traumatic Attachments to the Eerily Moving Image. It is the result of several years of research into the relationship between developmental trauma and particular habits of film-watching.
Other books I have written include:
Marie NDiaye: Blankness and Recognition (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013)
François Ozon (Manchester/New York: Manchester University Press, 2008, paperback edition 2016).
The most recent volume I edited was Sanity, Madness and the Family: A Retrospective, which was a special issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies (11: 1), April 2018, exploring the cultural, therapeutic and psychiatric legacies of R.D. Laing’s and Aaron Esterson’s classic 1964 study of “schizophrenia” and its relation to scapegoating in family life. You can read the special issue here.
I also recently edited (with Aude Campmas) Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye: The Aesthetics, Emotions and Politics of Failure (Amsterdam: Brill, 2017) and I am the Miscellany Editor of the psychoanalytic journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality.
The most recent essay I published was ‘The Aliveness of Moses Quiquine‘ in Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture (December, 2019). Here I explored Quiquine’s development as an artist in the context of Ferenczian psychoanalysis and Haitian vodun.
Before that, I published ‘A Discussion of Green’s “Melanie Klein and the Black Mammy: An Exploration of the Influence of the Mammy Stereotype on Klein’s Maternal and its Contribution to the ‘Whiteness’ of Psychoanalysis” ‘, in Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 19:3, 2018. In this piece of writing, I reflected on Emily Green’s assessment of the influential psychoanalyst Melanie Klein within a historical context of racialised phantasy and projection.
Other recent essays (all focusing specifically on psychoanalysis and psychical transformation) include:
‘Deadness, replacement and the divinely new: Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years’, in On Replacement: Cultural, Social and Psychological Representations (eds. Jean Owen and Naomi Segal, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
‘ “Then look!”: un-born attachments and the half-moving image‘, Studies in Gender and Sexuality (16:2), 2015
‘Terreur ou thérapie? Arnaud Desplechin et les métamorphoses de la lettre brûlante’ in Risques et regrets: les dangers de l‘écriture épistolaire (eds. Margot Irvine, Geneviève De Viveiros et Karin Schwerdtner, Quebec: Nota Bene, 2015)
In 2013 I wrote a piece of speculative/science-fiction about nationalist fantasies of immigration-control in a barely futuristic Britain, published by Open Books, entitled Mameluke Bath. The novel explores, among other things, the anti-heroine’s journey through psychotherapy and other adventures towards an unforeseen metamorphosis of sorts.