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My review of Roland Barthes’s Travels in China is up at The New Statesman. 


I have a review of Tom Bullough’s fantastic novel Konstantin in this week’s TLS – the 15 June issue. No link for now, as it’s behind the paywall.

Here’s my review of Occupy: Scenes from an Occupied America that appeared a few weeks ago in the Observer. 

My review of Adam Levin’s The Instructions is now up at The New Statesman. 

My review of Gordon Bowker’s new biography of James Joyce is up at The New Statesman’s site.

I have a review of Luke Williams’s The Echo Chamber in this week’s TLS. Unfortunately it’s not available on-line.

You can read my review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King here. It appeared yesterday in the Observer. I’m incredibly happy that I got the chance to write something about it…

Here’s my review of Andrew Sean Greer’s The Path of Minor Planets which ran recently in The New Statesman. I also recently reviewed Kevin Brockmeier’s The Illumination in the TLS (March 18, 2011 issue) but it’s not available on-line.

Also nice to see the Otolith Group making some use of an article that I co-wrote for Frieze in 2009 about the ways that financial crisis renders itself visible.

My review of Benjamin Hale’s new novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, is in this week’s Times Literary Supplement. Unfortunately, it’s not available on-line.

My review of two John Berger novels, recently rereleased by Verso, is now on-line at The New Statesman. Here’s how it starts:

Verso has done the world, and especially British literature, a great service in republishing two of John Berger’s early novels. Readers might be familiar with G, which won the 1972 Booker Prize, or Berger’s more recent offering From A to X: a Story in Letters, which appeared in 2008 and was longlisted for that year’s Booker. But A Painter of Our Time and Corker’s Freedom, first published in 1958 and 1964, respectively, have been long out of print and thus they have been largely forgotten, even by dedicated followers of the author. As it turns out, and contrary to what one might expect of novels republished after a half-century of being unavailable, both works are as freshly readable and as timely as anything else in Berger’s oeuvre.

Email: m.sayeau @ ucl . ac . uk

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I am a lecturer in the English department at University College London. From 2005 - 2007, I was an assistant professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I completed my Ph.D. in 2005 at Princeton University.

At UCL, my teaching interests include modern and contemporary British, American, and European literature, literary criticism and theory, and the representation of London in literary works. I'm also the convenor of the MA: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL.

My first monograph, entitled Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Literature, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2013. It examines the relationship between narration and temporality in the works of Flaubert, Wells, Conrad, and Joyce, and further seeks to contextualize this relationship within wider developments in the history, culture, and theoretical work of the period.

Beyond Against the Event, I am in the very early stages of planning my next major work, which will examine the deployment of simplicity as an aesthetic category in the modernist novel and poetry, as well as in the period's theoretical work on literature, art, and culture. It will likely include chapters on William Morris, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Basic English, Otto Neurath, I.A. Richards, Roland Barthes, and others.

In addition, I have written for a variety of extra-academic magazines and journals including The New Statesman, the TLS, The Observer, frieze, n+1, and The Philosopher’s Magazine. I am also a Trustee of the Orwell Prize.

What I’ve Been Reading

Roland Barthes, Travels in China
Tom Bullough, Konstantin