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Lecturer in English, Flinders University

I am a Lecturer in English and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800), who specialises in British literature and culture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


  • –present
    Lecturer in English, Flinders University
  • 2014–2014
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Queensland
  • 2011–2013
    Lecturer in English Literature, University of Queensland
  • 2009–2010
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Edinburgh


  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, PhD / Literary Studies
  • 2002 
    University of Glasgow, MPhil / Romanticism and Forms of Modernity
  • 1999 
    University of Melbourne/Monash University, BA (Hons)/BSc


  • 2014
    The Work of Feeling in James Hervey's Meditations among the Tombs (1746), Parergon 31.2
  • 2014
    Suicide Notes and Popular Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century British Press, Eighteenth-Century Studies 47.3
  • 2013
    Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition, Ashgate
  • 2011
    Piety, Poetry and the Funeral Sermon: Reading Graveyard Poetry in the Eighteenth Century, English Studies 92.2
  • 2011
    Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses (co-editor), Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • 2007
    Disinterring 'The Grave': Religious authority, poetic autonomy and Robert Blair's fideist poetics, Scottish Studies Review 8.2

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    No Laughing Matter? Suicide and Comedy in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain
    Funding Source:
    ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800)
  • 2010
    Images of Suicide in the British Long Eighteenth Century
    Sole investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH)

Professional Memberships

  • Executive Committee - Romantic Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA)
  • British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)