I work in the area of modern and contemporary literature, and I have published extensively in the related fields of trauma and memory studies. My current research is critically engaged with questions of literature and affect, and also with thinking about the intersections between literature and medicine.
In 2012-13, I will be acting as the co-ordinator of the Annual Progress Review process for doctoral students in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
I am currently an external examiner of undergraduate degrees in English Literature at the University of Cardiff.
My office hours in semester 2 of 2012-13 are Mondays 3-5 and Wednesdays 12-1.
I have established research expertise in the relationship between trauma and modern literature, and I have published the monograph Trauma Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2004; trans. Li Ming, Henan University Press, 2011) and co-edited with J. J. Long, W. G. Sebald - A Critical Companion (Edinburgh University Press, 2004). I have also published in this area in a range of journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, Textual Practice, and Contemporary Literature.
I have related expertise in the field of memory studies, most notably in the publication of my monograph Memory: New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2008) and, co-edited with Michael Rossington and contributing editors, Theories of Memory: A Reader (Edinburgh University Press/Johns Hopkins University Press/ University of Western Australia Press, 2007).
With Carolyn Pedwell, I recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Feminist Theory which was on the topic: 'Affecting Feminism: Questions of Feeling in Feminist Theory'. The papers critically examined the implications of the turn to affect for feminist thinking and praxis, and contributors included Ann Cvetkovich, Clare Hemmings, and Ranjana Khanna.
I am currently preparing my next monograph, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction, which is contracted to Edinburgh University Press.
With my colleagues Jennifer Richards and Heather Tilley in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, I am also developing a proposal for a Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh University Press) in collaboration with Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton, and Angela Woods of the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Durham.
I am interested in supervising postgraduates in the following areas:
I have supervised to completion five PhDs, which have all passed with no or minor corrections. Four of them have been AHRC funded. They have included studies of J. M. Coetzee; Kazuo Ishiguro and W. G. Sebald; fictional representations of the Holocaust; and trauma theory and Romanticism.
I am currently supervising (50%) AHRC funded projects on the representation of political torture, and on contemporary fictions of the First World War.
I have acted as external examiner for PhDs at Sheffield University, Durham University, the University of St Andrews, and Vaasa University in Finland.
Centre for Irish Studies, Catholic University of Leuven (2012); University of Lincoln (2012); University of Zurich (2011); Centre for Literature and Trauma, University of Ghent (2011); University of Mainz (2010); University of Vienna (2010); University of St Andrews (2010); Cambridge University (2009); Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Durham (2009).
AHRC Research Leave Award (2006-2007); AHRC Research Leave Award (2002-2003); British Academy Small Research Grant (2001).
I have assessed funding bids for the following external bodies: AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society, Newton Fellowships, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, the Flemish Research Council (FWO) Vlaanderen, the Research Council of KU Leuven.
I am on the editorial board for the Journal of Trauma and Literature.
I am a member of the UK and Ireland Association of the Medical Humanities, the Contemporary Women's Writing Association, and the research network War-Net.
I will be convening and teaching on the stage 1 module SEL1023 Transformations and co-teaching on the Stage 2 module SEL2206 Class, Nation, Identity.
My stage 3 module in 2012-13 will be SEL3356 Madness, Medicine and the Modern Novel: Reading Hysteria in Fiction.
I will also be convening and co-teaching a Student Selected Component module Medicine and Literature, for undergraduates in the Faculty of Medicine.
At Masters level, I will be contributing a unit on 'Remembering the Holocaust' to the team-taught module 'Time II' on the MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies.