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Curriculum Vitae


2006-2009 University of Warwick, PhD English Literature

Studying the spatial and social structures of transgression and exception in British fiction since 1970. Supervised by Professor Thomas Docherty. Expected Completion: Autumn 2009

2002-2003 University of Warwick, MA English Literature (with Distinction)

Open pathway, including modules on Psychoanalysis and Cultural Production, Contemporary British Dramatists, the Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. Dissertation on the Posthumous Narrator in Twentieth Century Writing.

1999-2002 University of Wolverhampton, BA (Hons) English/Media & Communication Studies (First Class)

Combined degree, 50:50 weighting. Modules chosen with an emphasis on C20 Literature, Controversial Art, Film Studies, Critical Theory, Modernism/Postmodernism, Popular Culture since 1945.


2006-2009 University of Warwick, Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowship

Teaching Experience

2007-2009 University of Warwick

Undergraduate Modules: Modes of Reading (Critical Theory Primer)

Literature in the Modern World (World Literature 1900-1960)

Communicating Science (Academic Writing for Science Students)

2002-2005 Other

AS/A2 Level Media Studies (including Film Studies) (Halesowen College)

 Communication Studies (Halesowen College)

CLAIT Information Technology (The Abingdon Bridge)

General Interest Arts and Performance (Breathing Space, Walsall)

Teaching Interests

Ø Twentieth Century Literatures in English, especially post-1945

Ø Critical Theory

Ø Arts and the Media

Ø (Un)popular Culture

Ø American Literature

Research Interests

Ø Literary approaches to Transgression

Ø The Body in Fiction

Ø Posthumous Narratives

Ø 1960s British Experimental Fiction



Ø Review: Martine Beugnet, Cinema and Sensation, for Film International (forthcoming)

Ø Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Literature – entry on Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon (forthcoming)


Ø From Shanghai to Shepperton: JG Ballard International Conference, 5th-6th May 2007 (attended)

Ø Postgraduate Seminar Series 2007, University of Warwick (Paper Given: “The Taboo of Writing Incomplete Death”)

Ø Postgraduate Seminar Series 2007, University of Warwick (Paper Given: “Censorship and the Marxist: The Amis/Eagleton Debate”)

Ø Departmental Symposium 2007, University of Warwick (Paper Given: “Structures of Containment in Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden”)

Ø Departmental Symposium 2008, University of Warwick (Paper Given: “Misfits and Deviants in the Fiction of David Cook”)

Ø Postgraduate Seminar Series 2008, University of Warwick (Paper Given: “Ownership of the Voice in Paul Sayer’s The Comforts of Madness”)

Ø International Gothic Association: Monstrous Hybrids, University of Lancaster, 21st-24th July 2009 (Paper: “JG Ballard’s Ghostly Trilogy – Posthumous Landscape in Crash, Concrete Island and The Unlimited Dream Company”) (Accepted)

Ø Disability and Popular Fiction: Reading Representation, Liverpool John Moores University, 22nd May 2009 (Paper: Down’s Syndrome and the Question of Appropriate Space in David Cook’s Walter)


Panels Organised/Moderated

Ø Warwick Postgraduate Seminar Series 2007-8 (Co-convenor)

o Interdisciplinary Arts seminar series run fortnightly over two terms

Ø Warwick Postgraduate Symposium 2007, Co-organiser

Other Professional Activities

Ø English Department Postgraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee

o Member 2007-2008

o Chair 2006-2007

Ø Warwick Prize for Writing

o Member – Judging Panel 2008-9

Ø Departmental Undergraduate Intake Selection (Final Stage Interviewer)


Extra Curricular Interests/Other Skills


Ø Journalism (Travel, Arts, Music, Food) - publications include The Sun, The Big Issue, Oxford Mail, Oxford Daily Info

Ø Music (Multi-Instrumentalist) – Extensive Recording and Touring Experience


Ø French (To A-Level Standard)

Professional Experience

Ø Management (Charity Sector)


Ø Project Management

Ø Web Design

Ø Interpersonal Psychology