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I am Director of Curriculum Development at the Cedars School, Croydon and a part-time PhD student. I have BAs in Modern History from Oxford and English from the Open University, and an MA in Chinese Studies from SOAS, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Lake District Studies from Lancaster.
I am the author of four books: Between Darkness and Light (Eyrie Press, 2019), a novel about the Chinese Labour Corps in World War I; Out of the Classroom and Into the World (Angelico Press, 2018); 50 Books for Life: A Concise Guide to Catholic Literature (Angelico Press, 2019); and Did Jesus Go To School? and other questions about parents, children and education (Redemptorist Press, 2019).
My research, which draws on recent work in both Theology and Literature, is situated at the intersection of debates over secularization and the nature of the contemporary novel. I am exploring… read more
My research, which draws on recent work in both Theology and Literature, is situated at the intersection of debates over secularization and the nature of the contemporary novel. I am exploring secularization in world literature as well as the secularization of literature, focusing on the porous and buffered self, issues of time and temporality, and the concept of religion as a chain of memory. Drawing on recent liturgical theology, I am considering the extent to which the novel (and the "Catholic novel" in particular) can be understood as a migration of the holy from the Church into secular culture as a quasi-liturgical event while simultaneously remaining within the Church as an analogue of the liturgy.
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