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Current research

In 2012 I was Principal Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council Exploratory Award, 'Beckett and Brain Science'. The website for the project can be found here.

One outcome of this project was a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities on Beckett and Brain Science:

Another was a series of workshops for the British National Health Service (NHS), run by Dr Jonathan Heron (IATL, Warwick) and documented here:

In 2015-16 I was Co-Investigator on an AHRC Networking project, 'Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind' with Dr Ulrika Maude (PI, University of Bristol) and Dr Laura Salisbury (Co-I, University of Exeter), extending the work done in the course of the 'Beckett and Brain Science' project.

As part of this project, I considered the usefulness of the philosophy of psychiatry, and in particular phenomenological psychiatry, in thinking about modernist literature (Woolf, Beckett, Proust) and its representation of disordered experiences of selfhood, time, space and the body.

2016-2021: I am an international project partner on a Norwegian Research Council project, Historicizing the Ageing Self, run by Dr Margery Vibe Skagen at the University of Bergen, Norway. More information can be found here:

I have two monographs in preparation that have grown out these awards:

Embodied Time: Ageing in Modern Literature and Thought (contracted to Bloomsbury)

Old Modernism: Ageing in the Era of the New

I have recently published a chapter, 'The Ageing Body', in the Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, an article on 'Beckett and the Contingency of Ageing' in Samuel Beckett Today/ Aujourd'hui, an article on writing and age in the work of Marcel Proust and Roland Barthes in Textual Practice, and an article on ageing and experience in Coetzee and Alice Munro in the European Journal of English Studies.