Yes! I’m finally published in a serious peer-reviewed academic publication. The physical evidence arrived a few weeks ago in the mail: one copy of the comprehensive Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism. It features my paper on literary journalism and the postmodern, an early exploration of many of the themes I address in my PhD project. In hindsight, this might turn out to be a milestone – or it might just be a product of critical academic inquiry.
In any case, I’m tremendously thankful to everybody who made this possible. In particular to the editors William Dow and Roberta Maguire with Yoko Nakamura who simply believed in me when I wasn’t more than a grad student with a master’s thesis on two writers whose work he kind of liked. Once underway, this project got decisive support from Chris Wilson who invited me to pursue invaluable months of research at Boston College and from the Emil Boral Foundation which provided funding via my application for a Doc.Mobility grant (SNF).