Gavan joined the American Studies team as a Lecturer in January 2016, having previously taught on a number of American history and literature modules in the School. Gavan recieved his B.A. in English and M.A. in American Literature at University College Dublin, before joining the American Studies Department at the University of Nottingham as a PhD candidate. His research explores the intersection of literary aesthetics and racial social movements in the 20th and 21st century US South. He has essays forthcoming on the poetry and song of the Black Lives Matter movement and is currently completing his first monograph, on the setting of the segregated town in southern fiction from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Teaching and subject expertise
Gavan teaches courses on American Literature and Culture and supervises undergraduate dissertatons across the fields of Cultural History, Cultural Studies, and Literary Criticism.
Gavan is an active member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS), and the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL).
Gavan has presented at conferences in Ireland, the U.K, the U.S, and Canada on a diverse range of topics - from the late modernism of William Faulkner to the epistemology of 1970s Funk - always with a focus on the regional, racial, and cultural identities of the United States.
Publications and research outputs
Dr Lennon is currently completing the manuscript for his first monograph, provisionally titled Living Jim Crow: The Segregated Town in Mid-Century Southern Fiction. The first book-length study of its kind to explore the significance of a ubiquitous - but largely invisible - setting in fiction of the US South, the monograph uncovers the aesthetic devices black and white authors deployed to interrogate and critique the ideology and practice of racial segregation.
He is also completing two articles on the literatures of the Black Lives Matter movement, in which he argues that poets and songwriters are developing new and interesting ways to contribute to contemporary social and racial protest.