Achievements and Distinctions
My research specialisms include Victorian literature and science (particularly evolutionary science, anthropology and mental science), the nineteenth-century press and the history of reading, and nineteenth-century fairy tale and science fiction. My first monograph, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (2008, paperback 2012) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award (2011) and was shortlisted for the Esse First Book Award (2011) and the Katherine Briggs Award (2010). I am the author of a wide range of articles on Victorian literature, culture and politics (most recently, on Oscar Wilde, William Morris, Thomas Hardy and Richard Jefferies). A second monograph, Moral Fictions: Literature, Evolution and Ethics at the Fin de Siècle, which explores links between fiction and debates over the evolution of morality in the late nineteenth century, is in the final stages of completion. New research focuses on scientific, cultural and literary constructions of genius in the Victorian period, and on Victorian 'self-help' and its intellectual and cultural legacies.
I am the convenor of the level 3 course ENG3097 ('Literature and Science in the Nineteenth-Century: Evolution, Degeneration and the Mind'), and teach and lecture on the Level 2 core course ENG2070 ('Literature and Society 1850-1930'). At stage 1, I teach and lecture on ENG1006 ('Sounds of the City: Belfast and Beyond') and lecture on ENG1001 ('English in Transition'). I also supervise undergraduate dissertations.At MA level, I teach on the English Literary Studies programme. I am the convenor of the MA course 'The Shock of the New: Popular Fiction 1880-1930', and also teach on the new course 'The Child in Literary History, 1600-1900'. I currently supervise PhD students on literary projects across the Victorian period, and am second supervisor on projects in geography on human/animal relations and Darwinian medicine in the nineteenth century.
Maternity leaves Sept 2011-April 2012 and Sept 2013 -June 2014.
Research output: Research - peer-review › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Research - peer-review › Article
Book Review: Roger Ebbatson. Landscape and Literature 1830-1914: Nature, Text, Aura. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Research output: Research › Book/Film/Article review
Indiana University Press
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.195 SNIP 1.931
Manchester University Press
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.41 SJR 0.118 SNIP 1.152
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.2 SJR 0.155 SNIP 0.456
Scopus rating (2005): SJR 0.1 SNIP 0
Johns Hopkins University Press
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.274 SNIP 1.226
Science and Faith at War in Victorian Belfast: Remembering John Tyndall's Belfast Address (1874) at the Ulster Hall
Activity: Talk or presentation › Public lecture/debate/seminar
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Publication peer-review
Activity: Membership › Membership of peer review panel or committee
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Prize: National/international honour