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My research and teaching interests focus on twentieth-century and twenty-first century literature, discard studies (also known as waste studies), literary materialities (the representation of objects and the material world), ecocriticism, and Marxist theory. I have a particular interest in the writing of JG Ballard and Don DeLillo, and in Cold War American literature. I am the founder of WasteInLit: The International Literary Waste Studies Network (https://literarywaste.com/), which aims to bring together literary scholars working on waste representations across periods and genres and to think critically about the language of waste's role in creating and upholding categories of gender, race, class, nationhood, and otherness.

My first book, Consumerism, Waste and Re-use in Twentieth-century Fiction: Legacies of the Avant-Garde (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), examined the representation of garbage and human beings deemed worthless in a range of experimental Anglo-European and American novels across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, and argued that re-purposing, celebrating, or simply paying attention to the stuff that capitalist society deems useless has provided one of the pre-eminent means for writers to oppose capitalist consumer culture.

I am currently working on two new projects. One extends the concerns of my first book to focus specifically on waste and femininity, partly as an effort to re-dress the male-centric focus of much literary waste criticism to date (including my own!). This project examines notions of cleanliness; housework; and the 'filthy' female body across a range of twentieth-century Anglo-American texts by women. Components of this new work have been published in Journal of American Studies and Textual Practice.

The second project extends my interest in literary objects to examine the representation of time-saving domestic devices (vacuum cleaners, garbage disposal units, refrigerators, etc) in print and television advertising, appliance manuals, and twentieth-century American literature, and is under contract with Bloomsbury US. Provisionally titled "All-Electric" Narratives: Time-saving Appliances and Domesticity in 20th-century American Literature," the book includes chapters on Gertrude Stein; Jack Kerouac and Beat culture; John Cheever + Richard Yates; Marge Piercy + second-wave feminist fiction; Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, Alice Childress, and James Baldwin; sci-fi fiction by Joanna Russ, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kit Reed, Ira Levin, and Philip K Dick; and postmodernist fiction by Kurt Vonnegut and Don DeLillo. 

I am a peer reviewer for ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment; C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century WritingsGreen Letters; and Journal of American Studies, and a book reviewer for Journal of American Studies, and European Journal of American Studies.

My research interests are partly informed by my previous career in advertising and market research. So broadly speaking, I am interested in any text that challenges the quantification of value, and in the ways in which advertising and critical theory have fed off of each other over the last several decades.

I welcome research students interested in any aspect of feminist fiction and theory; discard studies; science fiction; dystopian fiction; object theory/thing theory; literary avant-gardes; twentieth-century Anglo-American fiction; ecocriticism; neoliberalism in literature; twentieth-century advertising; literature of the Cold War period.

Undergraduate Teaching:

London in Literature (Year 1)

American Literature, 1865-1915 (Year 2)

Modernist & Postwar Literature (Year 2)

Modern American Literature (Year 3)

Contemporary Literature: Dystopias (Year 3)






Education/Academic qualification

University College London

Award Date: 28 Sep 2015

King's College London

Award Date: 15 Sep 2011

University of Cambridge

Award Date: 25 Jun 2005


  • PR English literature
  • E151 United States (General)
  • NE Print media

Research Output


To be Confirmed

Rachele Dini (Speaker)

17 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Waste Stories: Detritus, Radical Politics, and Class in the 21st Century

Rachele Dini (Speaker)

30 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) 2019: "Paradise on Fire"

Rachele Dini (Organiser)

26 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Journal)

Rachele Dini (Peer reviewer)

17 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Green Letters: Studies in Eroticism (Journal)

Rachele Dini (Peer reviewer)

20 Nov 201831 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review