As the School's International Officer and Exchange Coordinator, I promote opportunities for Newcastle students to take a semester abroad as part of their degree and I work to improve the experience of international exchange students at Newcastle.
BA (Hons) English Literature - UCL
MPhil - University of Oxford
DPhil - University of Oxford
British Association for Romantic Studies,
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
British and Scottish Romanticism, with a particular focus on national identity, the novel, the figure of the poet, imagined literary ancestries in eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry, journeys of the imagination and the treatment of other worlds from Homer, Virgil, and Dante to Byron, Shelley, and Keats, utopianism, visual culture, the role of parodies in canon-making, and the burgeoning of the theatre, periodicals, and short stories in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
My monograph, Hogg's Kaleidoscopic Art (forthcoming with OUP in 2014), offers a critical re-evaluation of James Hogg's distinctive contribution to Romantic poetry, drama, and fiction, tracing his engagement with major predecessors such as Spenser, Shakespeare, and Burns, and an eighteenth-century legacy of re-imagined cultural genealogies, as well as contemporaries who included Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Baillie, Byron, and Keats.
My new project, Journeys of the Imagination in Romantic Poetry, examines the ways in which poets such as Coleridge, Shelley, Hogg, Keats, and Byron used imagined other-world spaces to interrogate and explore the socio-political and artistic concerns of their day.
SEL1004 Introduction to Literary Studies II
SEL2208 Independent Research Project
SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (Module leader)
SEL3340 Journeys of the Imagination in Romantic Poetry (Module leader)
SEL3364 Independent Essay
SEL3362 Dissertation in English Literature
I welcome research proposals from prospective research students on any area of eighteenth-century and Romantic literature - particularly fiction and poetry. I supervise and teach on the MLitt research degree and the taught MA in English Literature 1500-1900, which includes the following modules:
SEL8187 Reading the Past I
SEL8188 Reading the Past II
SEL8341 Place and Pilgrimage