I am Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, where I teach modules on literature and nineteenth-century psychology, poetry, Victorian literature and Gothic. My research interests include Pre-Raphaelitism in art and literature, Gothic, the environment in literature (eco-criticism), lunatic asylums, and eighteenth and nineteenth century literature more broadly. I completed my Ph.D. at BCU, entitled ‘Christina Rossetti’s Fractured Gothic’, in 2010.
My monograph, Christina Rossetti’s Gothic, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2013. Other publications include Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities (co-edited with Dr Amelia Yeates, Ashgate 2014) and Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (co-edited with Thomas Knowles, Pickering & Chatto, 2014). I have also edited The Virtual Theorist, a pedagogical tool for literary theory. I also have a small son. This blog reflects all of these things and more.
I’ve recently been on research leave, working on The Reading Art Project, an AHRC-funded cultural engagement project with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, exploring Pre-Raphaelite painting and poetry, and am now completing an edition of the poems of Elizabeth Siddal.
Generally speaking, my interests are:
Nineteenth century literature, poetry generally, Gothic literature, Milton, Elizabethan literature and history, literature and history of the world wars, theatre, education – especially secondary and higher, politics/policy, art – particularly nineteenth and early twentieth century, feminism, classical music – especially British composers (eg Vaughan Williams, Elgar etc), writing, recorder music, ballet and ballroom dance, Russia, agricultural methods, pre-war ceramics, vintage clothes, and – randomly – sewing and crochet. I make jam. Also, I like to rant, ideally in the pub.