In 2011 I completed a BA (Hons) in History and Sociology from the University of Exeter, before undertaking an MA in Victorian Studies at the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. Between 2014 and 2017 I was a Midlands3Cities PhD candidate based at De Montfort University. I received my PhD in English Literature in 2017. Since then I have taught litertaure and writing at Leicester and Coventry universities and have held a number of impact-related posts.
I joined Nottingham in 2019.
My areas of expertise are:
- Twentieth-century women's writing
- Late modernism / H.D.
- Reader-response / transactional modes of criticism
- Food writing / Elizabeth David
I have teaching interests in the following areas:
- Twentieth-century writing and culture
- Nonfiction writing (including academic writing)
- Feminism, gender, and sexuality
- Literary theory and English education
I am now working on a project on the food writer Elizabeth David. Here, I am interested in the ways in which food writing, particularly gastronomical life writing, generates a sense of belonging. How… read more
I am now working on a project on the food writer Elizabeth David. Here, I am interested in the ways in which food writing, particularly gastronomical life writing, generates a sense of belonging. How does writing about one's experiences of food become a way of writing about being 'at home', locally and nationally?
More broadly, I am interested in cultural inheritance and the conservation of traditions and customs for future generations.
My first monograph, The Butterfly Hatch: Literary Experience in the Quest for Wisdom--Uncanonically Seating H.D. (Sussex, 2019) explored the relationship between literary experience and wisdom in the work of H.D. and the critical theory of Louise Rosenblatt. Through my analyses of H.D.'s late modernist prose and poetry and Rosenblatt's entire corpus, I developed a critical discourse for how we can use aesthetic experiences of texts to address questions of meaningful living. The project contributed to critiques of dominant historicist and contextual approaches in English studies, to offer a more personalist approach that combines aesthetics with the lived experience and preoccupations of readers / learners.
I have also published on the life writing of the Bloomsbury hostess and patron of the arts, Lady Ottoline Morrell. I argue that Ottoline should be taken seriously as a Christian personalist thinker who offers an ethical reading of multiple canonical modernists as well as senior political and cultural figures of the 1910s.