I research in the field of stylistics, and have further interests in cognitive poetics, the application of cognitive grammar for literary analysis, reader response research and contemporary fiction.
My monograph Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction was published in 2017 with John Benjamins and is the first extended application of cognitive grammar for the analysis of contemporary literature. This book presents analyses of a range of contemporary works of fiction, including texts written by Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Paul Auster. I have also recently co-written a textbook on Cognitive Grammar for stylistic application with Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), which was published in September 2018 (please see publication information). Alongside other research activities, I am currently involved in a reader response project with Dr Louise Nuttall (University of Huddersfield) in which we explore the cognitive and experiential processes involved in re-reading texts.