University of Oxford
University of Oxford
I am currently working on two main projects. The first is a study of contemporary British novelist and historian Marina Warner, focused on how she challenges means of “giving voice” that displace authority from their subjects. The second project extends my interest in the ways that recovering stories of silencing can both combat and reproduce dispossessions. Through the lens of novels responsive to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, two sites where reconciliation discourses have centered largely on narrative and truth recovery, I explore means of forging shared narratives after political trauma. I consider how efforts to face up to shared histories in both countries have re-inscribed desires for ownership over the past, and I analyze alternative conceptions of collective narrative that take shape outside explicit forums for truth recovery.
Martha Saunders Excellence in Teaching First Year Writing Award, Department of English, University of West Georgia (2010).
- Accepted: Propst, L. “Information Glut and Conspicuous Silence in Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City.” Forthcoming in Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
- Accepted: Propst, L. “Reconciliation and the Self-in-Community in Post-Transitional South African Fiction.” Published online in advance of print in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
- Propst, L. (2016). “From Vogue to the Virgin Mary: Marina Warner and Constructions of Female Agency in 1970s Feminism.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 45, 1-17.
- Propst, L. and Loicano, J. (2016). “Paradoxes in the Classroom: When Strategies to Empower also Constrain.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 16(2), 368-375.
- Propst, L. (2014). “Redefining Shared Narrative in Zoë Wicomb’s Playing in the Light and Lisa Fugard’s Skinner’s Drift.” Studies in the Novel, 46(2), 197-214.
- Propst, L. (2014). “Promoting Local Community and Global Citizenship through Collaborative Curriculum Building.” Radical Pedagogy, 11(2), 104-113.
- Propst, L. (2012). “Shimon Attie’s Site-Specific Installations as Enigmatic Monuments to Survival.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 11(3), 319-338.
- Propst, L. (2011). “ ‘Making One Story’? Forms of Reconciliation in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated and Nathan Englander’s The Ministry of Special Cases.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., 36(1), 37-60.
- Propst, L. (2009). “Unsettling Stories: Disruptive Narrative Strategies in Marina Warner’s Indigo and The Leto Bundle.” Studies in the Novel, 41(3), 329-47.
- Propst, L. (2008). “Bloody Chambers and Labyrinths of Desire: Sexual Violence in Marina Warner’s Fairy Tales and Myths.” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies, 22(1), 125-42.