Thomas S. Davis
456 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- Anglophone modernism
- Contemporary literature
- Environmental humanities
- Aesthetic theory
- PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2008
- MA, Boston College, 2001
- BA, University of South Carolina, 1998
Thomas Davis specializes in modern and contemporary literature and culture, environmental humanities and aesthetic theory. He is the author of The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life (Columbia University Press, 2016) and is currently at work on two book projects: The Cultural Lives of Climate Change and Fossils of Tomorrow: The Literature and Culture of the Great Acceleration. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Twentieth Century Literature, Textual Practice, Literature Compass, English Language Notes, Modernism/Modernity and several edited collections.
Davis also co-coordinates the environmental humanities pilot program with Mary Thomas (women's, gender and sexuality studies), Chris Otter (history) and the Cultures of the Anthropocene Working Group with Mary Thomas (WGSS) and Max Woodworth (geography).
For links to essays and updates on current projects, visit Davis' personal website.
- The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life. Columbia University Press, 2016.
- "Anthropocene Insecurities: Extraction, Aesthetics, and the Bakken Oilfields." English Language Notes 54:2 (2017): 41-48.
- "“The Highways of Empire”: Geopolitics, Modernism, and Committed Reading." The Contemporaneity of Modernism, eds. Michael D'Arcy and Mathias Nilges. New York: Routledge, 2016.
- “The Historical Novel at History’s End: Virginia Woolf’s The Years.” Twentieth-Century Literature 60.1 (Spring 2014): 1-27.
- “Late Modernism: British Literature at Midcentury.” Literature Compass 9:4 (April 2012): 326-337.