I studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a DPhil at St John’s College, Oxford. After three years as a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, I joined Trinity College, where I am currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer.
I teach three Finals papers: English literature 1550-1650; 1650-1750 and Shakespeare.
My research interests are centred on early modern literature and drama. My first book looked at the influence of the bible on Shakespeare’s plays and my second book explored the writing of the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem in the early modern period, and the way in which this event shaped English, Protestant identity. My third book (on literary allusion in Harry Potter) was in a very different vein, although still interested in the way texts talk to each other. But I am now back in the Renaissance, working on a number of projects centring on Shakespeare and the Bible. This will include a monograph on the cross-over between early modern psalms and sonnets.
- Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare, 1592-1604 (Oxford University Press, 2007).
- The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- Literary Allusion in Harry Potter (Routledge, 2017)
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
- ‘“The ears of profiting:” Listening to Falstaff’s Biblical Quotations’ in Shakespeare and Quotation, eds. Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp.60-71.
- ‘England’s Jerusalem and Shakespeare’s Henriad,’ in The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England, eds. Thomas Fulton and Kristen Poole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp.87-102
- ‘The Salvation of Oaths: Grace, Swearing and Hamlet in The Revenger’s Tragedy,’ in Brian Walsh, ed., The Revenger’s Tragedy: A Critical Reader (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016), pp.123-42.
- ‘The Siege of Jerusalem and subversive rhetoric in King John,’ in David Loewenstein and Michael Witmore (eds.) Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 96-110.
- ‘Christ’s tears over Jerusalem and maternal cannibalism in early modern London,’ in Victoria Brownlee and Laura Gallagher, eds., Biblical women in early modern literary culture, 1550-1700 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015), pp.146-162
- ‘Heraldic Language and Identity in Shakespeare’s Plays,’ in Nigel Ramsay, ed. Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare’s England (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2014), pp.236-65.
- ‘The morality of milk: Shakespeare and the ethics of nursing’ in Patrick Gray and John D. Cox, ed., Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 139-58.
- ‘”Those sanctified places where our Sauiours feete had trode”: Jerusalem in English early modern travel narratives’, The Sixteenth-Century Journal 43.3 (2012): 681-700 (This piece won the Sixteenth-Century Society’s Literature prize).
- ‘Pilgrimage in Paradise Lost’, Milton Studies 53 (2012): 127-46.
- ‘”They repented at the preachyng of Ionas: and beholde, a greater then Ionas is here”: A Looking Glass for London and England, Hosea and the destruction of Jerusalem’ in Andrew Streete, ed., Early Modern Drama and the Bible: Context and Readings, 1570-1625 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 139-55.
- ‘Laughter in the Time of Plague: A Context for the Unstable Style of Nashe’s Christ’s Tears over Jerusalem’, Studies in Philology 108.2 (2011): 238-60.
- ‘Urban identity and the Old Jewry in Jonson’s Every Man in his Humour’, The Ben Jonson Journal 19.1 (2011): 1-22.k