Dr Ahmed Honeini

Personal profile

I was educated at King’s College London (BA English with Film Studies, 2013), University College London (MA English: Issues in Modern Culture, 2014), and Royal Holloway (PhD English, 2018). My doctoral thesis was on the work of William Faulkner.

Contact me at ahmed.honeini.2015@live.rhul.ac.uk

Research interests

My primary research interests are: 

  • Twentieth-century American literature, culture, and film;
  • Modernist literature and culture; 
  • William Faulkner (1897-1962);
  • Tennessee Williams (1911-1983);
  • Representations of death throughout literary history, from the ancient to the contemporary;
  • The home and family on the American stage, from Eugene O'Neill to Suzan-Lori Parks.

I also have strong secondary research interests in the following areas: 

  • The history of the novel, from Defoe to the present; 
  • Shakespeare's influence upon Faulkner and the literature of the wider United States; 
  • American Romanticism: Washington Irving; Edgar Allan Poe; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; and Emily Dickinson.

Alongside publishing my first book, William Faulkner and Mortality: A Fine Dead Sound (forthcoming with Routledge, 2021), I am currently working on a new major project: a book on homes, homelessness, and exile in the plays of Tennessee Williams.

I am also writing a series of journal articles exploring comparisons and confluences between Faulkner and a number of American and European writers, including Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, and Vladimir Nabokov. The first of these, on Faulkner, Hemingway, and World War One, has been published by The Mississippi Quarterly (72.4, 2020).

I am the founding director of Faulkner Studies in the UK, a research network devoted to Faulkner established in 2017. The Network's endeavours have been made possible with the generous support of the Department of English at Royal Holloway. The Network has also benefited from the support of the British Association of American Studies (BAAS) and the US Embassy, London. Our efforts have been officially recognised by both the Estate of William Faulkner and the William Faulkner Society. Follow us on Twitter, @Faulkner_UK.

Finally, I am Mentor to the Student Ambassadors of the Florida Hemingway Society.

Teaching

I have been teaching in the Department of English since 2017, leading seminars on modules including the history of the novel, literary theory and criticism, and American literature. 

I was invited to create teaching materials and a short video lecture on Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury (1929) for the Department's TeacherHub>English initiative for KS4 and KS5 English Literature teachers. 

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). 

From 2018 to 2020, I was the Department of English's Non-Established Teachers' Representative. 

Other work

Conference presentations

Since 2016, I have disseminated my research at numerous conferences, including:

  • 'An American trait: "Pantaloon in Black", lynching, and William Faulkner's troublesome letter of 1931', Troublesome Modernisms: the 19th International Conference from the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), King's College London, June 2019.
  • '"Ah'm goan home": Spirituality, "homegoing", and the African-American dwelling space in William Faulkner's "Pantaloon in Black"', Modernism in the Home conference, University of Birmingham, July 2019. 
  • 'Faulkner Across the Pond: Researching, Studying, and Teaching "The Bard of Oxford" in Britain', “The father of the text”: Continuities and Ruptures of Faulkner’s Legacy in Contemporary Literatures. Roundtable discussion. University of Picardy Jules Verne, Amiens, France, September 2019 (Invited by Peter Lurie, the co-editor of the Faulkner Journal).
  • 'Quentin, Caddy, and the Kingdom by the Sea: William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, and Transgressive Desires', the 3rd Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: Faulkner, the Twenties, and Modernism, May 28th-29th 2020, online. 
  • 'Bad World for Poor People: Disability, Sibling Relations, and Victimisation in The Secret Agent and The Sound and the Fury', the 47th Joseph Conrad Society (UK Conference), August 25th-27th, 2020, online. 
  • 'Deathly plans and designs: Power, ambition, and futility in “Heart of Darkness” and Absalom, Absalom!', special panel on Conrad and Faulkner, organised by the Joseph Conrad Society of America and the William Faulkner Society, MLA Convention January 2021, Toronto, Canada (online).
  • '"Salvation is just words": William Faulkner and the irreligiousness of As I Lay Dying', Doing Southern Studies Today conference, Humboldt University in Berlin. January, 2021 (online).

 In 2021, I will be giving the following papers: 

  • 'Incest, hebephilia, and "corncobby chronicles": Nabokov's Vexed Relations with Faulkner', the 4th Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: Faulkner, Transgressive Fiction, Postmodernism, January, 2021 (online).
  • 'The word that Quentin cannot say: Evasion and the linguistics of suicide in The Sound and the Fury', the Second Faulkner Conference in Amiens, late May (online).

Event organisation 

I have also been involved with the organisation of several scholarly events: 

2022- Lead organiser: The 6th Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: My Heart's Darling- Faulkner, Love, and Desire. 

September, 2021- Lead organiser: The 5th Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: The Dark Cosmos of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. 

January, 2021- Lead organiser: The 4th Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: Faulkner, Transgressive Fiction, Postmodernism. 

2020- Lead organiser: The 3rd Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium: Faulkner, the Twenties, and Modernism.

2019- Lead organiser: The 2nd Faulkner Studies in the UK Colloquium.

2019- Member of organising committee: Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science|SF.

2018- Lead organiser: Faulkner Studies in the UK: A Colloquium.

2017- Member of organising committee: Radical Cities, Radical Narratives.

2016-18 Lead organiser: RHUL English Department Research Conferences, Colloquia, and Seminars.

Affiliations

The William Faulkner Society.

The Modern Language Association (MLA).

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS).

The British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

The Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA).

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society.

The Hemingway Society.

The Joseph Conrad Society (UK).

The Florida Hemingway Society.

Funding awards

2020: MLA Convention Grant. 

2018: British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) partial travel award.

2018: British Association for American Studies (BAAS)/US Embassy Small Grant.

2018: Jim and Nancy Hinkle Grant (The Hemingway Society).

2017: John Kuehl Fellowship (The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society).

2017-2020: RHUL English Department conference organisation grants.

2015-2018: RHUL English Department conference travel grants.

 

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