I have been awarded an AHRC Fellowship (2014-16) for my project The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English ‘Fin de Siècle’.
After completing my doctorate at Oxford in 2003, I held Research Fellowships at the Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition and at Merton College, Oxford. I joined Trinity College in 2006. Since then I have taken part in several international collaborations with institutions that include the Humboldt University, Berlin, and Chuo University, Tokyo. I have recently been made a fellow of the Centre for British Studies, Berlin.
In Trinity I teach the period from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. This includes the Victorian and twentieth-century papers for first-year students, and period 1760-1830(Paper 5) for second years. I teach through both tutorials and classes. I also supervise a wide range of special topics chosen by students in their third year. These vary each year but they typically tend to fall within the late-Victorian period, or focus on comparative literature, gender or aesthetics. In the English Faculty I give undergraduate lectures and graduate classes in nineteenth-century literature.
My research brings English literature together with a number of other disciplines: classics, art history, modern European literatures and the history of sexuality. At the moment I am concentrating on an AHRC-funded project on literary cosmopolitanism in the 1890s: this comprises work for an academic book, as well as a number of public and collaborative events including lectures, workshops and conferences. I am also co-editing a book on Walter Pater and the classics (OUP), and special issues of the journals Forum for Modern Language Studies and Word and Image.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, ed. with Catherine Maxwell (2013)
- Ed., The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe (2010)
- British Aestheticism and Ancient Greece: Hellenism, Reception, Gods in Exile (2009)