mcabadamTeaching: I am currently teaching three undergraduate modules on the English degree: ‘Reading English’, Literary and Cultural Theory 1’ and ‘Race in America.’ I am module leader for ‘Race in America’, which mainly focuses on contemporary black American novels, poetry, film and theory. In the past, I have taught on a wide range of modules in English and American literature, from survey modules to more specialized modules in nineteenth century American writing, modernism, postmodernism, critical theory and contemporary poetry.

I welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in the following topics: Asian American writing; African American writing; race in the US and contemporary race theory; racial and environmental justice discourses; anti-racist pedagogies.

I am currently supervising two MRes students in American AIDS crisis writing, specifically in contemporary drama and poetry.

Research and publications: 


c5b5c16951fe1df0d214d2cc9fae3663I have published three books –  Amy Tan (Manchester UP, 2005), Asian American Literature (Edinburgh UP, 2008), and, most recently, Asian American Literature and the Environment, which I co-edited with Lorna Fitzsimmons and Youngsuk Chae (Routledge, 2015). This last book is described as as ‘a groundbreaking contribution to ecocritical inquiry and Asian American literary studies and will help define the fields for years to come’ (Robert T. Hayashi, Amherst College, USA). Other recent publications include two chapters on ‘Black Studies’ and ‘Critical Race Theory’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory. A chapter, ‘Environment, Justice, Aesthetics: Karen Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rain Forest and Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats is forthcoming with Hawaii UP.


9780748693399_2Adams BF. 2016. ‘Critical Race Theory’ Sim S. The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory EUP. Edinburgh 9780748693399

Adams BF. 2016. ‘Black Studies’ Sim S. The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory EUP. Edinburgh 9780748693399

Adams BF. 2015. ‘Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee’s Wrack and Ruin’ Fitzsimmons, L, Chae Y, Adams B. Asian American Literature and the Environment :47-67 Routledge. New York and London 9780415713238

Adams BF. 2011. ‘Aesthetics’ and ‘Education’ Sim S. The Lyotard Dictionary :10-12-62-64 EUP. Edinburgh 9780748640065

Adams BF. 2009. ‘Identity-in-Difference: Regenerating Intergenerational Debate in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club’ Bloom H. Modern Critical Interpretations: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club :123-138 Chelsea House. New York

Adams BF. 2002. ‘Feminism and the Aesthetic’ Brewer MF. Exclusions in feminist thought :205-217
Sussex Academic Pr 9781902210636

Adams BF. 2002. ‘Becoming Chinese? Racial Ambiguity in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club’ Hubel T, Brooks NE. Literature and racial ambiguity :93-115 9789042014282

Internet Publications

Adams BF, Price, J. 2011. ‘Motivation and me’ in New Directions in Career Studies

Adams BF. 2009. ABES, annotated references for 19C Ethnic American literature

Adams BF. 2009. American Studies Tutorial

Adams BF. American Studies Today

Adams BF. 2010. Review of Critical Race Pedagogies in University Diversity Seminars and the Multicultural Curriculum CETL journal: innovations in practice, 2 :5-16

Adams BF, Ellis R. 2009. Using the internet for American Studies Resources for American Studies, :27-36

Adams BF. 2006. Identity-in-Difference: Regenerating Debate about Intergenerational Relationships in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club Studies in the Literary Imagination, 2 :79-94

Adams BF. 2003. Representing History in Amy Tan’s The Kitchen God’s Wife MELUS, 2 :9-30

Conference Publication (journal proceedings):

Adams BF, Dawson R. American Studies and (Anti)Racist Pedagogy BAAS Annual Conference

Adams BF. Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee’s Wrack and Ruin Affective Landscapes

 Conference organisation:

Conference name: From Isolationism to World Power: The Changing Nature of US Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, Position: Organizer

Conference presentation:

2012    ‘Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee’s Wrack and Ruin’ research paper and conference paper presented at LJMU English and Cultural history research seminar series, and ‘Affective Landscapes’ conference at Derby University

2011 ‘Teaching Whiteness’. LJMU Teaching and Learning conference

2010   ‘American Studies and (Anti-)Racist Pedagogy: Critical Race Theory and Teaching Whiteness’, BAAS annual conference, UEA

2004 ‘Tourist Gazes in Amy Tan’s fiction’, ‘Tourism and Popular Fiction: 1945 to the Present’ colloquium, LJMU with the Association for Research into Popular Fiction ‘Reel China in Amy Tan’s fiction’, Tenth International Conference of the Literature of Region and Nation, MMU.

2002   ‘The Question of Essentialism in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club‘ Second International Conference of the United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Santa Clara University, USA

2000 ‘Generational Resistance between Women in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club‘ at ‘Re:Generations: Women, Age & Difference’, conference, UNN.

Other Professional Activity:

2008-2014   In my former role of director of the American Studies Resource Centre, I organized two visiting speaker events, one with the documentary filmmaker Eliot Bristow and the other with academic Will Kaufman in March 2009 and Mach 2010 respectively. I was also the editor-in-chief for American Studies Today

March 2015 Pre-show talk for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

Teaching qualification:

PGCE HE with Distinction


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