My name is Jeff Drouin. When entering college, I had wanted to be a creative writer like James Joyce but soon found that I was more interested in academics. It was the musical and highly visual quality of Joyce’s prose that drew me to other authors of his period such as Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner. As I progressed through the English major, my interest in 20th Century literature deepened until a year abroad in England crystallized my desire to study British and Irish modernism in graduate school. So I completed a senior thesis on musical form and psychology in the “Sirens” episode of Ulysses and have been writing about Joyce ever since. The poetic quality of modernist fiction has also led me to study Proust, on whose novel À la recherche du temps perdu I am completing a project related to church architecture and digital media.
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar and riding a motorcycle. I think the musical and mechanical nature of both these activities pair with what I love about modernist prose and digital humanities.