About Jonathan Pountney

Jonathan Pountney is a third year PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Manchester. His core research concerns the global and contemporary influence of the American short story writer Raymond Carver. This has led to the development of a thesis that concomitantly maps biographical relationships with a broader analysis of globalisation and late capitalism. His research is not confined to American literature and has taken into consideration the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and Alejandro González Iñárritu's recent Oscar winning film Birdman. He has also spent time in the US studying Carver's manuscripts at Ohio State University, and is an active member of the International Raymond Carver Society.

Book Review: Noise Uprising by Michael Denning

The State of the Discipline Series: Part I

As Benedict Anderson’s concept of nationalism relies on the omnipresence of ‘print capitalism’, so Michael Denning here argues that decolonisation depended on an era of ‘sound capitalism’ – a new, urban, plebeian music that circled the world. In this sense, then, while there is no clear moment when the ear was ‘decolonised’, the battle over sound and music was central to the struggle over colonialism. Continue reading

Book Review: Democracy Promotion, National Security and Strategy by Robert Pee

The era that Pee covers was, of course, one of high political and cultural tension, thus the arguments that he elucidates in Democracy Promotion are often controversial and heavily mediated by particular political and social persuasions. It is therefore refreshing to find that Pee’s opening chapter recognizes many of these tensions and seeks to forge a path between them. Continue reading