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Dr Bella Adams

Dr Bella Adams

Telephone: 0151 231 3130

Biography

Bella Adams is a lecturer in English and is currently teaching two modules in American literature. She lectures on a year-long, level 4 module 'American Classics' that includes writing from Twain, Fitzgerald, Nabokov, O'Hara, Morrison and Roth. She is also leading a level 6 module, 'Race in America', which mainly focuses on contemporary black American novels, poetry, film and theory. In the past, Bella has taught on a wide range of modules in English and American literature, from survey modules to more specialized modules in nineteenth century American writing, modernism, postmodernism, critical theory and contemporary poetry.

Bella has published three books: Amy Tan (MUP, 2005), Asian American Literature (EUP, 2008), and Asian American Literature and the Environment, which she coedited with Lorna Fitzsimmons and Youngsuk Chae (Routledge, 2015). Most recently, she was invited to contribute three chapters to two different books: a chapter on environmental justice aesthetics in Karen Yamashita and Ruth Ozeki's work; and two chapters on 'Black Studies' and 'Critical Race Theory' for Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory. She is currently researching the contemporary, black American poet Claudia Rankine.

Bella welcomes inquiries from students interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in the following topics: Asian American writing; African American writing; race in the US and contemporary race theory; racial and environmental justice discourses; anti-racist pedagogies.

She is currently supervising two MRes students in American AIDS crisis writing, specifically in contemporary drama and poetry.

Degrees

2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCE HE with Distinction
1999, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, PhD, English
1993, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, MA with Distinction, Cultural and Textual Studies
1991, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, BA hons, English

Publications

Films

2017. Plastic waste flows between us

Book Reviews

Adams BF. 2016. The exquisite corpse of Asian America Journal of American Studies, 50

Adams BF. 2013. Paul Bowman, The Rey Chow Reader

Adams BF. 2013. Caroline Rody, The interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction American Studies Today,

Adams BF. 2013. Eleanor Ty, Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives American Studies Today,

Adams BF. 2013. Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman, Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability American Studies Today,

Adams BF. 2013. Robert Azzarello, Queer Environmentality: Evolution and Sexuality in American Literature American Studies Today,

Adams BF. 2011. Steven G. Yao, Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity Journal of American Studies, 45 >DOI

Adams BF. 2006. Form and Transformation in Asian American Literature Journal of American Studies,

Adams BF. 2006. Multiculturalism in the United States Journal of American Studies, 40 :650-651

Chapters

Adams BF. 2016. Critical Race Theory Sim S. The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory EUP. Edinburgh 9780748693399

Adams BF. 2016. Black Studies Sim S. The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory EUP. Edinburgh 9780748693399

Adams BF. 2015. Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin Fitzsimmons, L, Chae Y, Adams B. Asian American Literature and the Environment :47-67 Routledge. New York and London 9780415713238

Adams BF. 2011. 'Aesthetics' and 'Education' Sim S. The Lyotard Dictionary :10-12-62-64 EUP. Edinburgh 9780748640065

Adams BF. 2009. Identity-in-Difference: Regenerating Intergenerational Debate in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club Bloom H. Modern Critical Interpretations: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club :123-138 Chelsea House. New York

Adams BF. 2002. Feminism and the Aesthetic Brewer MF. Exclusions in feminist thought :205-217 Sussex Academic Pr 9781902210636

Adams BF. 2002. Becoming Chinese? Racial Ambiguity in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club Hubel T, Brooks NE. Literature and racial ambiguity :93-115 9789042014282

Adams BF. Karen Tei yamashita

Books

Fitzsimmons L, Chae Y, Adams B. 2015. Asian American Literature and the Environment Routledge 9780415713238

Adams B. 2008. Asian American literature Edinburgh Univ Pr 9780748622726

Adams B. 2005. Amy Tan Manchester University Press. Manchester 9780719062070

Internet Publications

Adams BF, Price, J. 2011. 'Motivation and me' in New Directions in Career Studies http://reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/ccms/New_Directions_In_Career_Studies_English_and_Media_Studies_Degree_booklet.pdf

Adams BF. 2009. ABES, annotated references for 19C Ethnic American literature

Adams BF. 2009. American Studies Tutorial

Adams BF. American Studies Today

Journal Articles

Adams BF. 2010. Review of Critical Race Pedagogies in University Diversity Seminars and the Multicultural Curriculum CETL journal: innovations in practice, 2 :5-16

Adams BF, Ellis R. 2009. Using the internet for American Studies Resources for American Studies, :27-36

Adams BF. 2006. Identity-in-Difference: Regenerating Debate about Intergenerational Relationships in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club Studies in the Literary Imagination, 2 :79-94

Adams BF. 2003. Representing History in Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife MELUS, 2 :9-30

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: From Isolationism to World Power: The Changing Nature of US Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, Position: Organizer

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Plastic waste flows between us, Conference title: The lives and afterlives of plastic, Place/location of conference: Massey university New Zealand http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/the-lives-and-afterlives-of-plastic/, Presentation type: Co-produced with Dr Jo Croft video Online video presentation

Title of presentation: Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin, Conference title: Affective Landscapes conference, Place/location of conference: Derby University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Generational Resistance between Women in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Conference title: Re:Generations: Women, Age and Difference, Place/location of conference: UNN, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Reel China in Amy Tan's Fiction, Conference title: Tenth International Conference of Literature and Region, Place/location of conference: MMU, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Question of Essentialism in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Conference title: Second International Conference of the United States Association for Commnowealth Literature, Place/location of conference: Santa Clara University, USA, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Tourist Gazes in Amy Tan's Fiction, Conference title: Tourism and Popular Fiction conference, Place/location of conference: LJMU, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: American Studies and (Anti-)Racist Pedagogy: CRT and Teaching Whiteness, Conference title: BAAS 2010, Place/location of conference: UEA, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Editorial boards:

Publication: American Studies Today, Position: Editor-in-chief, URL: http://www.americansc.org.uk/Online/index.htm

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: Anna University, Chennai, India, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: Identity Formation in Amy Tan's Select Works

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: In my role of director of the American Studies Resource Centre, I organized 2 visiting speaker events, one with the documentary filmmaker Eliot Bristow and the other with academic Will Kaufman in March 2009 and Mach 2010 respectively

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, Teaching Whiteness, Ross Dawson, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 8 months

CETL, American Studies outreach project, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 7 months

CETL, Anti-racist workshops for students, Ross Dawson, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 7 months

Liverpool John Moores University, Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin, Grant value (£): £5000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: PGCE HE