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Craig Melhoff

Craig Melhoff

My current research involves a study of literary influence focusing on Martin Amis as both a paternal and filial literary figure. First, I begin by examining Amis’ relationship with the generation to which his father, Kingsley Amis, belonged—the so-called “Angry Young Men” and “Movement” figures writing in Britain in the mid-twentieth century. The second portion of my dissertation explores the influence Amis has had on the generation of British writers after him, such as Zadie Smith and Will Self.

Drawing on my interests in urban studies and theories of space, I have taught undergraduate English courses on the representation of cities in literature and cinema, particularly New York, London and Paris. I have also presented conference papers on Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Nicola Barker, James Joyce, Charles Dickens and others, and currently serve as the web editor for the Literary London Society.

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