At Warwick, I convene the Philosophy and Literature BA with Eileen John in Philosophy, and teach on the English & Comparative Literary Studies BA and MA programs. After studying at the University of Cardiff-Wales (BA English Literature; MA Critical and Cultural Theory), I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick and University of Madison-Wisconsin, and went on to a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi, Oxford. I have held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Madison-Wisconsin and the Huntington Library, California, and am the founder and director of the research groups CoRAL (Comparative Religions and Literatures) and PAW (Poetry at Warwick).
I work on late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century literature and religion, with a focus on poetry, and am broadly interested in religion and ecology, affect theory, and philosophy and literature. My book Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith was published in 2018 with Oxford University Press; and I'm currently writing Weird Faith in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Theologies at Work with Mark Knight, with whom I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature.
With Neil Badmington, I am editor of the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press); and serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press), The John Clare Society Journal, and the Romanticism pathway of Literature Compass (Blackwell). I'm also a member of the Arts Emergency network.
Recent publications (full list here)
Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2018).
‘Punctive grace: reading religion in Barthes’ Mourning Diary’, Textual Practice, 30.2 (2016), 327-343; republished in, Neil Badmington, ed., Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2017).
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Senior Tutor (2017–2018)
Convenor: BA Philosophy and Literature