I am interested in a wide range of literary styles and periods, and have taught across the curriculum in undergraduate Literature programmes. I am particularly interested in teaching beyond the seminar 'room' and have designed and led modules that engage with archive collections, museums, and different environments to foreground the vibrancy and ongoing debate that exists between 'historical' literature and the present.
My research is motivated by questions of political belonging and the ways in which narratives reinforce, justify, and normalise power structures and relations. I am particularly interested in the literary representation of Catholicism in the long eighteenth-century, the figuration of 'Canada' before and after 1763, and the representation of 'citizenship' at the end of the eighteenth century.
In all of these, I am drawn to the ways in which Britain conceived of itself as a 'nation' and how narratives were mobilised throughout the century to explain the present and guarantee the future. I welcome proposals for PhD projects on British literature and culture in the eighteenth century, particularly women's writing, historiography, the Gothic, and genre more broadly.
At Hallam, I am the Deputy Head of English and responsible for ensuring that our courses reflect the astonishing range and dynamism of futures that emerge from the study of literature. My research focuses on questions of identity, affiliation, and belonging in eighteenth-century literature. I am particularly interested in Gothic literature and culture, both as part of and beyond the eighteenth century.
I studied at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and the University of Windsor (Ontario) before my PhD at the University of Leeds.