Dr Rodney Taveira

Lecturer in American Studies


Phone: +61 2 9114 2617

Expertise: American literature, American and European film (silent era to present), US television, comedy in the US, US popular culture, queer and sexuality studies

Rodney Taveira joined the United States Studies Centre in 2011. He was awarded his PhD in English from the University of Sydney in 2010. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales.

Rodney has published on contemporary American fiction, book reviews, and television, and the interrelation of cinema, photography, painting, and literature. He is currently working on a book titled, Novel Vision: The Graphic Impulse of Contemporary American Fiction, which argues that postwar American fiction authors a history of visual culture. The layered frameworks of film theory and history, queer theory, and transnationalism structure the counter-intuitive intervention of using the image to read novels, and novels to historicise the image. By examining the work of Rachel Kushner, Don DeLillo, James Ellroy, Tao Lin, and Don DeLillo, Rodney remediates the practices of reading by articulating the visual history of the contemporary American novel.

A second research project, supported by a US Studies Centre Early Career Research Support grant, involves full access to James Ellroy’s unpublished projects, draft works, and research materials, and a series of interviews with Ellroy. A comprehensive analysis of Ellroy’s writing career, American Romance: The Writing Life of James Ellroy examines American literary production, American masculinity since World War II, and the place of race, violence, and sex in American culture.

Rodney currently teaches USSC1011 America: Prophecy, Power, Politics, and USSC2601 American Foundations, and the new American Studies unit, AMST2606 Stand Up USA: American Comedy and Humour.