Dr Leonid Bilmes

School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University.

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I am an early career researcher, currently based in London. I was awarded my PhD in January 2019, and currently completing my first book, to be entitled "Prose Pictures: Memory, Narrative and Ekphrasis after Proust." Previously, from 2015-2019, I was a Teaching Associate in the School of English & Drama, Queen Mary University of London.

My next research project will focus on contemporary weird fiction and its engagement with speculative realism and philosophies that undermine anthropocentric conceptions of the planet and ecology.

My publications include an article in "Textual Practice" on the representation of time and memory in Ben Lerner's "10:04", read through the lens of Bernard Stiegler's account of technics. More recently, I have a book chapter on narrative identity, understood via the figures of metaphor, in Vladimir Nabokov's "The Gift", in a forthcoming collection edited by Garry L. Hagberg for Palgrave Macmillan. My reviews of contemporary literature and theory can be found at Los Angeles Review of Books, 3:AM Magazine and other literary journals.

Keywords
ekphrasis, memory, narrative theory, media studies, Ricoeur, Bakhtin, weird fiction, Stiegler, speculative realism, autobiography, Proust, Nabokov, Sebald, Lerner, Ali Smith, Lydia Davis