As seen in Vancouver in 2012

As seen in Vancouver in 2012


At the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with Democritus (laughing) and Heraclitus (crying)

I've recently obtained my doctorate at The Ohio State University with the dissertation, The Voices of David Foster Wallace: Comic, Encyclopedic, and Sincere. That project tracks the variation in narrative voice through three periods of Wallace's career, revising theoretical models of narrative voice while identifying Wallace's changing rhetorical purposes and influences, placing him in a matrix of 20th century literature and culture. My specialty is in post-war American fiction and theory of all kinds (e.g. narrative, poetic, critical), and my research interests include narrative theory, poetics, stylistics, systems theory, and environmental literature, as well as 20C philosophy and phenomenology, especially as they pertain to the experience of reading. As a synthesis of those fields, I am working on theorizing rhythm and on the idea of fictional rhetoric as an ecology.

More generally, I like to think at the intersection of phenomenology, systems, rhetoric, reading, and literary form; I'm also very interested in composition and manuscript genetics, and I’m getting into stylometry. I've written mostly about Wallace's work, but I've also worked on projects involving Philip K. Dick, Lyn Hejinian, Walter Benjamin, James Joyce, and John Updike. I'm currently beginning a second project on encyclopedic novels that merges systems theory and rhetorical narratology to examine closure dynamics and novelistic ethics. Besides my reading, writing, and teaching, I have worked as the Administrative Assistant to the International James Joyce Foundation and am affiliated with Project Narrative.

You can reach me at or, and I’m on Twitter at @yonina and Instagram at @Yonina9, where I often post pictures of international doors.