My research covers the period 1840-present, with particular expertise in the following:
-Decadence and writing of the fin de siècle
-Literature and place (particularly London and New York)
-Modernism, particularly its relationship to the 1890s
-Literary and Critical Theory
My book Landscapes of Decadence: Literature and Place at the Fin de Siècle was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, and I edited, with Jason David Hall, Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle (Palgrave, 2013). With Kate Hext I am currently editing Decadence in the Age of Modernism, which is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, while also editing Decadence: A Literary History for Cambridge University Press. Other recent or forthcoming publications include a special issue of Literature Compass on Sylvia Townsend Warner; essays on: the Cultural Geography of the late-Victorian city; Thomas De Quincey and Decadence; Oscar Wilde and Darwinism; Decadent Conservatism; Decadence and Catholicism; Evelyn Waugh and the 1890s; F. Scott Fitzgerald and European Decadence; 'Michael Field' and late-Victorian travel; Agamben, Benjamin and Kant; historical fiction in the 1980s.
Previous projects included a mongraph, two edited collections and a special journal issue on Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, and a book on contemporary London literature. My mongraph Giorgio Agamben (2010) has been translated into Turkish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. My first monograph, Recalling London (2007) studied the politics of history in contemporary London literature.
I am currently working on a book-length study of the intersections between Decadence and British politics (particularly Conservatism), and a study of the influence of Decadence and Aestheticism on American Modernism. In support of the latter project I was the Lillian Gary Taylor Fellow in American Literature at the Harrison Centre, University of Virginia in summer 2016.
I teach across modern Modern British and American literary studies, currently contributing to:
ENG1001 English in Transition
ENG2070 Literature and Society, 1850-1930
ENG3183 Writing New York, 1880-1940
I am convenor the MA in English Literary Studies on which I convene the module Literary Research Methods, while also contributing to The Gothic.
Before joining Queen's in April 2015 I taught at the University of Exeter for seven years and have supervised six Ph.D.s to completion. Topics included: Joyce and Critical Theory; contemporary poetry and excavation; Victorian alternative history writing; espionage fiction and national identity; Cold War nature writing; modernism and aviation.
I am currently supervising two PhD projects: one on education in inter-war women's writing in England, the other on F. Scott Fitzgerald and European social thought.
I would be interested in supervising PhD students in most areas of modern literary studies, particularly: Decadence and Aestheticism; Modernism; literature and place; the politics of literary form; literary theory.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss prospective projects.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Book/Report › Book
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Edinburgh University Press
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Johns Hopkins University Press
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