With Eileen John in Philosophy, I convene the Philosophy and Literature BA; and teach on the English & Comparative Literary Studies BA and MA programs. I studied Critical & Cultural Theory and comparative literature at Cardiff University (BA/MA) and Warwick University (PhD); was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Corpus Christi, Oxford; and have been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and the Huntington Library, California.
My research and teaching are focused on poetry and poetics 1750-present, religion and literature, philosophy and literature, ecology (plant studies), and affect theory. I am currently writing Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith for Oxford University Press.
With Mark Knight, I edit the Bloomsbury monograph series New Directions in Religion and Literature; and with Neil Badmington, co-edit the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press). I serve on the editorial boards of Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press) and the Romanticism pathway of Literature Compass (Blackwell); and am a member of the Arts Emergency network.
Recent publications (full list here)
Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith (Oxford University Press, 2017).
‘Punctive grace: reading religion in Barthes’ Mourning Diary’, Textual Practice, 30.2 (2016), 327-343; republished in, Neil Badmington, ed., Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2017).
I am on research leave 2016-2017. Personal tutees: please check with the Senior Tutor (Pablo Mukherjee) to find out who your personal tutor is while I'm away. Graduate Studies: Prof Daniel Katz is Director of Graduate Studies 2016-2017.
Co-convenor, Philosophy & Literature BA