I studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by an MSt and 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, Shakespeare in particular. I have recently completed a monograph on the destruction of Jerusalem in renaissance literature and am now working 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 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