One or Several Mothers: Adoption and Subjectivity
I am currently extending the research undertaken for my essay “The Primal Wound: An Anti-Oedipal Consideration” into a book that considers the post-adoption experience as a fundamentally philosophical journey, particularly one that may provide an embodied and immanent reading of the notoriously difficult work of Deleuze & Guattari.
Beginning with an exploration of the role of displacement and multiplicity within the history of psychoanalysis, with particular attention paid to the works of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, this book will also consider adjacent experiences of subjective alienation from Gothic to modernist literature, including studies on Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Daphne du Maurier, and D.H. Lawrence.
These readings will then extend outwards into a xenofeminist reading of the family as a social institution.
Work-in-progress | More info TBC
Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher
Many admirers of Fisher’s work — myself included — came to his writings through identifications with these most personal of experiences. This mode of writing was, for many, Mark’s most affective critical register. However, Fisher’s writings on depression were not in themselves depressive. Their power lay in their immanence to his emotional state and his talent for making the affects of this state transductive. The question painfully remains: why did this process, in the end, not work for Fisher himself? Or rather, why did it stop working? Whatever the answer, it does not mean that his writings must stop working for us here, right now. Such a question is central to the Fisher-Function, making it necessary to contend with the political problematics of mental health discourses honestly and from a place where the personal and political implications of Mark’s thought feels most explicit; from a place of lingering grief and abject depression where the rupture both necessitates a renewed intensity of productive thought and makes traumatically thinkable the act of following Fisher through to the void.
Egress is the first book to consider the legacy and work of the writer, cultural critic and cult academic Mark Fisher.
Narrated in the orbit of his death as experienced by a community of friends and students in 2017, it analyses Fisher’s philosophical trajectory, from his days as a PhD student at the University of Warwick to the development of his unfinished book on Acid Communism.
Egress considers the politics of death and community in a way that is indebted to Fisher’s own forms of cultural criticism, ruminating on personal experience in the hope of making it productively impersonal.
309 pages | March 2020 | £12.99 | Published by Repeater Books
Picture Wizard #2
A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2014.
172 Pages | 2015 | £19.99 via Blurb
Picture Wizard #1
A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2013.
156 Pages | 2014 | £18.99 via Blurb
A series of photographs made in 2010 in the woods of Caerleon, South Wales, the birthplace of Arthur Machen.
36 Pages | 2012 | £2.50 via XG Shop