Born and raised in Canada, I did my undergraduate work at Amherst College in the United States before coming to Oxford for an MSt in English. I remained at Oxford for doctoral work at New College, where I wrote a DPhil thesis on the influence of the rise of the university creative writing programme on twentieth-century American poetry and prose fiction. I was Esmond Harmsworth Scholar in American Literature at the Rothermere American Institute, and co-convenor of Oxford’s American Literature Research Seminar.
I teach undergraduate papers that span the Victorian period to the present, and supervise undergraduate and MSt dissertations on a variety of modern/contemporary and American topics.
My key interests are the role of institutions in the development of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, and legacies of Anglo-American modernism on later periods of literature in English. My next project will examine how the emergence of the ‘writers’ workshop’ in the twentieth century changed forms of literary editing and collaboration.