School of English


BA, UCL; MA, Kent

Research Interests

My research focuses on exposing and explaining the influence of 19th-Century American fiction on the 'Dark Age' of American superhero comics. I suggest in my thesis that the gothic or ‘Dark Romantic’ writing of Hawthorne, Melville and Poe should be seen as the textual foundation for the revisions to the superhero narrative that took place at DC comics during the latter half of the 1980s, particularly in the work of Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman.

More broadly, my research interests are in American fiction and popular culture (particularly themes of re-enactment, the popular gothic, occultism and magic), Cultural Studies and Comics Studies.

Additional Info

I am co-founder of the Cultural Studies in America reading group at Kent, which will meet fortnightly in the Autumn and Spring terms. I am also a comics writer, and have work forthcoming in the small press anthologies The Psychedelic Journal and FutureQuake.

Thesis Title

Dark Ages: 19th Century American Fiction and the 1980s Superhero Comic


Dr Will Norman and Dr Michael Collins

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