Lecturer in American Studies, Loughborough University
BA in English (Cambridge); PhD (Cambridge) was on two contemporary American novelists, William Gaddis and Thomas Pynchon. My research and teaching interests include: Hollywood cinema (including the star system); film and globalisation; adaptation studies; African American culture; U.S. literature from the early nineteenth century to the present; and representations of sport in American literature and film
John Shaft, the African American private eye introduced by Ernest Tidyman in a novel of 1970, has proved surprisingly resilient as a character on the big screen. You might have thought that Samuel L. Jacksons...