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Lecturer in English, Cardiff University

My critical work focuses on gender and sexuality and the history of the novel. My most recent academic monograph, Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, WIll and Desire, 1870-1910 (Palgrave 2013), looks at how narrative structures and techniques which come to define high modernism are formed in gendered object relation. It is in novels which focus on peculiarly semi-distant female subjects, that certain English language fictions make their move into the register of art. My most recent academic articles have focused on masculinity, national identity and the body in nineteenth-century fiction, and on the history of lesbian, gay and trans bildungsromane.

I have published two novels and numerous short stories. My novel Little Wrecks (Harper, 2017), set on Long Island in 1979, tells the story of three young women negotiating sexual violence, trauma and desire in the wake of feminism's second wave. As a fiction writer I am concerned with interactions among sexuality, narrative form and feminine reading communities. I also have a creative interest in aurality and the relation between language, landscape and the experience of location.


  • –present
    Researcher, Cardiff University