Chris Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd is currently an associate tutor at the University of East Anglia, a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and a part-time lecturer at London South Bank University. From January 2016, he will take up a full-time lecturing post at the University of Hertfordshire.

Christopher’s current project, entitled Corporeal Legacies, investigates contemporary culture from the US South through the lens of embodiment. Tracking the ways in which historical structures of racism in the region—slavery, Jim Crow, incarceration—affect raced bodies in the present, the project utilises frameworks from psychoanalysis, critical race theory, animal studies and vital materialism, to closely read the complexities of embodiment. Various parts of Corporeal Legacies probe the relationships between interiority and exteriority, the skin, incorporation, sexuality and bodily processing; thus, theories from Freud and Klein, as well as Ferenczi, Karl Abraham and Abraham and Torok are employed.

Christopher completed his PhD in 2014 at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. His research primarily investigates twenty-first-century American literature and culture, with a focus on the US South. Much of this work is framed by theory from cultural memory, African-American studies and psychoanalysis. Publications include his first monograph, Rooting Memory, Rooting Place: Regionalism in the Twenty-First-Century American South (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and essays on the Southern Gothic, Hurricane Katrina, and HBO’s Girls.