Wesley Moore, M.A.

Dissertation Project: “Blurring Boundaries: Virtual Structures and the Role of Art and Literature in the Work of Jennifer Egan, Ben Lerner, and Ruth Ozeki”

In my PhD, I explore how twenty-first century US literature concerns itself with new media technologies, neoliberal structures, and their effects on the individual and societies. Foregrounding the fiction of Jennifer Egan, Ben Lerner, and Ruth Ozeki, I investigate how contemporary novels explore the boundaries between digital and material spaces through their thematic and aesthetic depictions of communications technologies, while also labeling the space of reading as a collaborative process between author and reader. I argue the works position themselves (and the arts, more generally) as necessary counterpoints to rising global illiberalism and the accelerating attention economy


Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century US-American literature
  • Globalization and Neoliberalism
  • New Media Technologies
  • Narratology
  • Modernism


  • Oct 2022 – Sept 2025: Research associate in the research training group “Literature and the Public Sphere in Differentiated Contemporary Cultures” (GRK2806)
  • July 2021: MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Nov 2020 – July 2021: Student assistant for Department of American Literary Studies (PD Dr. Harald Zapf)
  • July 2020 – July 2021: Department of Islamic Religious Studies (Prof. Dr. Abbas Poya)
  • May 2015: M.A. Linguistics (University of South Carolina)
  • May 2008: B.A. German Studies, Minor in Art History (University of South Carolina)


Conference Presentations and Workshops

  • “Affective Boundaries: Death, Trauma, and Digital Space in the fiction of Ben Lerner and Jennifer Egan.” PGF Conference (DGfA)– Spaces of Affect in the Americas, Hannover University, 9.-11. Nov. 2023.
  • “Mediating Material Space: Art, Literature, and the Limits of Neoliberalism in Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04.” The Spatial Imagination in Postwar and Contemporary American Literature and Art, University of Strasbourg 21.-22. Mar. 2023.
  • “Blurring Boundaries: Late-Modern Structures, Authenticity, and the Role of Fiction in the Work of Jennifer Egan and Ben Lerner” Post Ben Lerner Conference Post Graduate Workshop, Université Paris Cité, 28. June 2023.






Memberships and Networks

  • Member of the German Association for American Studies (GAAS/DGfA)