Phoenix Alexander is a joint Ph.D. student in English and African American Studies. He completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, prior to coming to Yale.
His research looks to historicise African American science fiction and speculative modes of writing, moving backwards chronologically from the landmark figures of Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany to explore the entanglement of aesthetics, literary genres and political activism. He has recently published an article entitled ‘Spectacles of Dystopia: Lauren Beukes and the Geopolitics of Digital Space’ in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, as well as a feature on Edward Johnson’s ‘Light Ahead for the Negro’ in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Phoenix Alexander: Presenter (“Power-as-rupture, power facilitating”) at the 40th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association - Texts, Modes and Repertoires of Living in and Beyond the Shadows of Apartheid, 9-13 April 2014, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa