Tom Zachary Bradstreet
My position is affiliated with the research project, The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance (BIODIAL), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. My dissertation project, Enabling Post/Humanism: Disability, Animality, and the Biopolitics of Narrative in Contemporary Anglophone Literature, explores the ways in which a selection of English-language novels and memoirs can be read as biopolitical apparatuses that manage or govern the lives of their constituent disabled and nonhuman characters in ways that reinforce and/or problematise privileged, exclusionary humanist ideals of rationality and autonomy.
My interest in questions of alterity and in the social utility of literature and literary studies has also led me into the fields of ecocriticism and postcolonialism, which in turn gave rise to the publication of my first article, '"The Coming of the Storm": Imperial Empiricism and Ecological Indifference in Waiting for the Barbarians', in 2017. In addition to my academic output, I have had nonfiction published in The Atlantic and fiction published in the journal Two Thirds North.
I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Liverpool in 2013 following the completion of my dissertation, 'Dance of Margins: Narrating the Self in Giovanni's Room and The Confessions of Nat Turner', and completed an MA in English Literature at Stockholm University in 2016 after successfully defending my thesis 'Blind Injustice: J. M. Coetzee and the Misapprehension of the Ecological Object'.
Before embarking on my studies I worked as a journalist in Palma de Mallorca, a professional note-taker, amanuensis, and assistant for disabled and dyslexic students at Brunel University, and - briefly - a bartender at the haunted pub which inspired Sweeney Todd.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘“The Coming of the Storm”: Imperial Empiricism and Ecological Indifference in Waiting for the Barbarians’. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 48:2 (2017) 1-23.
Conference and Symposium Presentations
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘Next Friends: Nonhuman Subjectivity and the Problem of Self-Representation in Paul Auster’s Timbuktu’. ‘Remembering Voices Lost’, MLA International Symposium, 24 July 2019, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘The Enabling Condition, Or, What Are “We” Learning from Temple Grandin?’ ‘Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts’. Seminar hosted by the ILLREP (Representations of Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts) research project, 17 June 2019, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘The Enabling Condition, Or, What Does It Mean to Learn from Temple Grandin?’ ‘Inclusion and Exclusion in the Welfare Society’, Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR), 10 May 2019, University College Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘“Narrative Maiming?” Debilitation and Capacitation in Kingsolver and Coetzee’. Panel: ‘Debilitated Systems, Debilitated Narratives’. ‘Textual Transactions’, Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), 6 January 2019, Chicago, U.S.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘Diagnosing the Diagnosis: Towards a “Green Reading” of/in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex’. ‘Green’, Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSAeu), 15 June 2018, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bradstreet, Tom Z. ‘Introduction: Cary Wolfe’. ‘Posthuman Entanglements: Disability, Illness, Animality’. Symposium hosted by the BIODIAL (Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality) research project, 15 May 2018, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Bradstreet, Tom. ‘Whose Metamorphosis is it Anyway? Kafka and the Limits of the Sympathetic Imagination’. ‘Empathies’, Meeting of the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSAeu), 24 June 2017, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland.
Bradstreet, Tom. ‘Women [Preposition] Ecology: Coetzee’s Earth Mothers’. ‘Reading Coetzee’s Women’, 28 September 2016, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy.
Popular Science Articles
Bradstreet, Tom. ‘A Trip to a Swedish Town That’s Being Completely Relocated’. The Atlantic. 21 Sept. 2016.