Mr William Tucker

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Research interests

My research focuses primarily on the convergences between twentieth-century continental philosophy and literature. My philosophical areas of interest include alterity and Otherness, apophatic theology and différance, Christian existentialism and existential phenomenology, along with fideism and neopragmatism. My literary interests focus on epistemological subversion in the works of modernist writers such as Beckett, Blanchot, Borges, Camus, Conrad, Eliot, Faulkner, Flaubert, Joyce, Kafka, Proust, Stevens, Woolf etc., and how their efforts influenced the subversive postmodern proclivity of American metafictionists and black humorists.

My doctoral thesis titled 'Ineluctable Modality of the Other: The Ethical Excess in the Selected Works of William Gaddis, Thomas Pynchon, and David Foster Wallace' challenges Brian McHale's seminal study of postmodern literature where he contends that the primary concerns of postmodernist fiction tend to be ontologically, rather than epistemologically, dominant. Instead, the thesis analyzes how three American post-war novelists self-reflexively adopt and subvert various epistemological approaches to understanding the world in order to reveal the pitfalls associated with the reductive impulse to categorize disparate data and make it present-at-hand within epistemic frameworks. The ultimate aim of these efforts is to highlight an ineffable alterity—the ethical excess of the Other—that eludes codification. Consequently, these authors indicate how ontological questions and their implications are in fact predicated on the question of the Other, which is not primarily an ontological query but equally—or even more so—an epistemological one. 

 

Educational background

I attained a BA degree in English at Concordia University, Irvine in 2012. I completed a MA degree in English from the Issues in Modern Culture programme at University College London in 2013, and my master's thesis explored the use of Derridean spectral sincerity within David Foster Wallace's infinintely-regressive, meta-ironic fiction. 

Affiliations

Crossland Research Scholarship

Teaching

EN1011: Thinking as a Critic 
EN2325: Modernist Literature 

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