Dr Lucas Thompson

Lecturer, United States Studies Centre

Lucas Thompson is a lecturer at the United States Studies Centre. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sydney and a BA/BSc (Hons) from the University of South Wales. In 2018, he is teaching a range of USSC units, including USSC6919 American Film and Hollywood and AMST1001 Global America.

Lucas's research focus is on contemporary US fiction, and he has published widely in this field. His first book, Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature, was published by Bloomsbury USA in December, 2016. He has also published (or else has forthcoming) articles in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Comparative Literature Studies, Journal of American Studies, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, The David Foster Wallace Studies Journal, and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Forthcoming book chapters appear in the Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace, MLA Approaches to Teaching: David Foster Wallace, and MLA Approaches to Teaching: Jewish American Fiction. His reviews have appeared in US Studies Online, the European Legacy, the Australian Book Review, the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and Philament, and he has also written for the LA Review of Books.


Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2016. {Series: David Foster Wallace Studies, edited by Stephen J. Burn.} 

“David Foster Wallace’s Germany.” Comparative Literature Studies. Forthcoming 2018. 

“Reverse Engineering Cormac McCarthy’s Sentences.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 15.1 (2017): 88–95.

“‘Sincerity with a Motive’: Literary Manipulation in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57.4 (2016): 359–373. 

“‘Books are Made out of Books’: David Foster Wallace and Cormac McCarthy.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 13.1 (2015): 3–26. 

“‘The Rare White at the Window’: A Reappraisal of Mark Costello & David Foster Wallace’s Signifying Rappers.” Journal of American Studies 49.1 (2015): 77–97. Co-authored with Tara Morrissey.

“Programming Literary Influence: David Foster Wallace’s ‘B.I. #59.’” Texas Studies in Language and Literature 56.2 (2014): 113–134.

“David Foster Wallace and Race.” In The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace, edited by Ralph Clare. Invited Contribution. Forthcoming 2018.

“Wallace and World Literature.” In MLA Approaches to Teaching: David Foster Wallace, edited by Stephen J. Burn and Mary Holland. Invited Contribution. Forthcoming, 2018.

“Teaching Anzia Yezierska’s Bread-Givers in Australia.” In MLA Approaches to Teaching: Jewish-American Fiction, edited by Roberta Rosenburg and Rachel Rubinstein. Co-authored with Sarah Gleeson-White. Forthcoming, 2018.

“Why a David Foster Wallace Studies Journal Now?” The David Foster Wallace Studies Journal. Forthcoming, 2018. 

“David Foster Wallace and ‘Blurbspeak.’” The Los Angeles Review of Books. August 9, 2015.

“David Foster Wallace e la linguia dei blurb.” Sotto il Vulcano: il blog de Edizioni Sur. January 26, 2016. (Italian translation of the above essay.) 

Review of The Best Australian Essays 2017, edited by Karen Goldsworthy. Australian Book Review, February 2018.

Review of Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections, by Vanessa Berry. Australian Book Review. January, 2018.

Review of Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell, by Toril Moi. Australasian Journal of American Studies 36.2 (2017).

Review of Freedom and the Self: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy, edited by Maureen Eckert and Steven Cahn (Columbia, 2015). The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms. December 1 (2016): 1–3.  

Review of Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore. “Literary Hijinks: Lorrie Moore’s Bark: Stories.” Philament 20.1 (2015): 177–182.

Review of Falling After 9/11: Crisis in American Art and Literature by Aimee Pozorski (Bloomsbury, 2014). US Studies Online. September 11, 2015.  

Areas of expertise

  • Literature, film and television