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Research Focus

My PhD project examines the ubiquity of children in Decadent literature, both as subjects in adult fiction and readers of children's fiction, by interrogating Decadent approaches to aesthetics, individualism, gender, historiography, sexuality, and different literary models. It will answer the following questions:

1. How did Decadent writers draw on earlier treatises on, and literary models of, childhood? 2. What kinds of gender politics emerge in Decadent literature for and about children? 3. How did Victorian cultures of censorship influence the depiction of the child in Decadence? 4. How does the child fit within and/or disrupt the sexual and transnational frameworks of Decadent scholarship? 5. What are the defining characteristics of childhood and youth in Decadent writings, and why are children so central to them?

These questions will allow the project to recontextualise youth's significance to Decadence, shifting the critical focus from adult to child.

Research Interests

My research takes place during the aesthetic, Decadent, and modernist movements (1870-1940) with an emphasis on the fin-de-siècle. Other research interests include periodical culture, queer writing and writers, the relationship between aesthetics and science, and the influence of narcotics on the creative imagination.

Particulars

From 2018-2019, I worked as a Research Assistant on the "New Oxford Shakespeare" digitial humanities research project. In 2020, I was awarded a NI Department for the Economy (DfE) scholarship to complete my doctoral research.

I currently teach on the undergraduate module, ENG1001: English in Transition.

Academic Affiliations

British Association of Decadence Studies, British Association of Victorian Studies, Victorian Popular Fiction Association.

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