31XvJYSEdGL__I have a range of research interests, mostly in literature, art and history. I’m currently editing the poems of Elizabeth Siddal, writing about Victorian Gothic, and thinking about Ruskin and ecology. I’m also setting up a Poetry Centre at the Birmingham Midland Institute. Recent projects include:

A chapter on ecotheology in Christina Rossetti’s poetry, due out in 2017 (

A chapter on graveyard poetry and Gothic, due out 2017 (

The Reading Art project, and AHRC-funded cultural engagement project based at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (find out more here).

Gothic Day, a public, interdisciplinary day of talks at the Library of Birmingham

A monograph, Christina Rossetti’s Gothic (Bloomsbury, 2013)

An edited collection of essays, Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities (with Amelia Yeates) (Ashgate, 2014)

Another edited collection of essays, Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (with Thomas Knowles) (Pickering & Chatto, 2014)

A website, The Virtual Theorist, funded by the Higher Education Academy and aimed at helping undergraduates get to grips with literary theory

A conference on Russian and English literature in the nineteenth century

Editing the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society

Research on the history of lunatic asylums with Avoncroft Museum

Designing a new undergraduate module on Gothic literature


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