My research develops recent theories of international literary space, especially those of Pascale Casanova, Frederic Jameson and Franco Moretti, in order to explore the relation between literature and globalisation. I am interested in developing the theoretical tools to help us understand this relation, and I am concerned to show how these theories work in practice. I argue that, as a result of these critics' work, postcolonial studies and comparative literary study would each benefit from a 'world literature' turn. To date, my work has explored these ideas with regard to British literatures, as a way of challenging their often-assumed anglocentrism (although I am keen to extend this geographical interest). The tabs on the left of this page link to more detailed outlines of my work.
In May 2010, I gained my PhD from Warwick University where my studies were fully-funded by a Warwick Research Scholarship (equivalent to AHRC funding). Since April 2010, I have been an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (also at Warwick). I am presently Postdoctoral Research Fellow to a group of scholars led by Professor Neil Lazarus who are developing a theoretical platform for world literary study based on the Marxist notion of 'combined and uneven development'. From October 2010, I will be taking up a temporary position in the English department at Swansea University.
My teaching experience includes guest-lecturing on Warwick's M.A. in Postcolonial Theory and the Honours-level course, 'Poetry after 1945'. I have also lectured on James Joyce and Edward Thomas for the first-year course 'Literature in the Modern World', and on W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Michael Field and Amy Levy for the Honours-level course, 'Romantic and Victorian Poetry'. My teaching at Warwick has also included three years' experience of running weekly seminars: for these courses, as well as for the Honours-level courses, 'U.S. Writing and Culture 1780-1920' and 'Practice of Poetry', and the first-year course, 'Modes of Reading', an introduction to literary theory.
Selected Refereed Publication:
Anglo-American anti-modernism: a transnational reading. European Journal of American Culture 28.2 (2009): 167-183.