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Reader in English, Lancaster University

My researches focuses on the intersections between literature, theology and aesthetics. I have two primary historical interests: nineteenth-century writing and its relationship with theological debates and contemporary fiction in relation to the sacred. Recent published work in this field includes journal articles on Ruskin and the Psalms and a book chapter on Decadence and the Bible. I co-chair the Ruskin Research Seminar and contribute to the Gladstone Centre's regular colloquia and conference programme. My next Victorian project will develop my previous work on the Psalms with reference to Hopkins, Tennyson and Dickens.

Two of my books, Contemporary Fiction and Christianity (Continuum, 2008) and, co-authored with Arthur Bradley, The New Atheist Novel (Continuum, 2010) have focused on late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century narratives. I edited a special double issue of The Year Book of English Studies on religion and literature (2009) and co-edited Literature and the Bible: a Reader (Routledge, 2013). I am currently working on two book-length projects, one on Twenty-First Century Apocalyptic Fiction and another on the figure of Jesus/Christ in post-millennial narrative.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in English, Lancaster University
  • 2015–present
    Reader in English, Lancaster