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Dr Bella Adams

Dr Bella Adams

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Biography

Bella Adams is a senior lecturer on the English Literature programme. She teaches across the programme on American literature modules, for example, 'American Classics' (level 4), 'The Literature of Extinction: American Environmental Writing' (level 5) and 'Race in America' (level 6). Her focus on American social and environmental justice discourses extends to her postgraduate teaching and supervision. In the past, she has supervised Masters students interested in Queer Studies, Black Studies and Environmental Studies, for example, black American poety and the AIDS crisis. She is currently supervising one MA student on James Baldwin's writing and is part of the supervisory team for a PhD student writing on ecocriticism and contemporary science fiction.

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 has also published on the contemporary, black American poet Claudia Rankine. Other publications on American environmental writing are forthcoming.

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; social and environmental justice discourses; anti-racist pedagogies.

Bella is also a year tutor (for level 5 students), and is an experienced personal tutor with a certificate in Mental Health First Aid.

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

Academic appointments

Lecturer, English, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCE HE, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, ? - present

Publications

Chapters

Adams BF. 2019. Environment, Justice, Aesthetics: Through the Arc of the Rain Forest and My Year of Meats Lee AR. Karen Tei Yamashita: Fictons of Magic and Memory :73-89 University of Hawai'i Press. Honolulu 978-0-8248-7294-6 Publisher Url

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

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

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

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

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

Book review

Adams B. 2019. A History of the African American Novel Modern Language Review, :357-358

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

Adams BF. 2013. Robert Azzarello, Queer Environmentality: Evolution and Sexuality in American Literature 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. Eleanor Ty, Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives American Studies Today,

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

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

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

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

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

Journal article

Adams BF. 2017. Black Lives / White Backgrounds: Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An America Lyric and Critical Race Theory Comparative American Studies, 15 :54-71 DOI Public Url

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

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

Adams B. The Waste/d Spaces of Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being Ex-Centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media, Public Url

Film

2017. Plastic waste flows between us

Internet publication

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

Adams BF, Price, J. '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. American Studies Tutorial

Adams BF. American Studies Today Publisher Url

Book

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

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

Adams B. Asian American literature Edinburgh Univ Pr 9780748622726

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Without an Edge: Waves, Walls and Waste in Ruth Ozeki'sA Tale for the Time Being, Spaces and Places on the Edge: Margins, Borders and Thresholds, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and SCSU, Oral presentation. 2019

Bullying Waves in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being, Marine Transgressions, University of Bristol and Bath Spa University, Oral presentation. 2018

Waste/d spaces in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale For the Time Being, THe Politics of space, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, Oral presentation. 2017

Plastic waste flows between us, The lives and afterlives of plastic, Massey university New Zealand http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/the-lives-and-afterlives-of-plastic/, Co-produced with Dr Jo Croft video Online video presentation. 2017

Delving and Carving Rude Nature: An Ecocritical Reading of Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin, Affective Landscapes conference, Derby University, Oral presentation. 2012

American Studies and (Anti-)Racist Pedagogy: CRT and Teaching Whiteness, BAAS 2010, UEA, Oral presentation. 2010

Tourist Gazes in Amy Tan's Fiction, Tourism and Popular Fiction conference, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2004

Reel China in Amy Tan's Fiction, Tenth International Conference of Literature and Region, MMU, Oral presentation. 2004

The Question of Essentialism in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Second International Conference of the United States Association for Commnowealth Literature, Santa Clara University, USA, Oral presentation. 2002

Generational Resistance between Women in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Re:Generations: Women, Age and Difference, UNN, Oral presentation. 2000

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, Asian American writing and ecocriticism, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 1 semester. 2018

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. 2011

CETL, Anti-racist workshops for students, Ross Dawson, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 7 months. 2010

CETL, American Studies outreach project, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 7 months. 2009

LJMU, Teaching Whiteness, Ross Dawson, Grant value (£): 3000, Duration of research project: 8 months. 2009

External PGR examinations performed:

Anna University, Chennai, India, PhD, Identity Formation in Amy Tan's Select Works. 2015

Conference organisation:

From Isolationism to World Power: The Changing Nature of US Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century, Organizer. 2009

Teaching qualification:

PGCE HE. 2008

Editorial boards:

American Studies Today, Editor-in-chief, http://www.americansc.org.uk/Online/index.htm. 2008

Other Professional Activity:

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.