After a BA at Oxford and an MA and PhD at York, I taught at several universities (York, Oxford, Queen's Belfast), and abroad (in Poland and Macedonia), before coming to Northumbria in 2007.
My research looks at location, dislocation, and appropriation in the early modern period and beyond. I am fascinated by how writers engage with specific historical and geographical locations, and how modern thinking and cultural reworkings can revive or revise these locations and engagements.
This has motivated my work on literature and urban environments, yet I am also interested in exploring how literature represents mobility and placelessness. In addition to authoring and editing research on this material, I have published a monograph relating two of my passions, entitled Shakespeare and Popular Music (Continuum, 2010).