I am currently working on my third book, Primate Change: how the world we’ve made is remaking us, to be published September 2018. It is a wide-ranging study of the Anthropocene body, and how, as we have altered the environment, it has slowly been changing us inside and out.
I also wrote, Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human (published by Ebury, Penguin RH, and by Macmillan in the US), a study of running, meaning and modern life. My work has been published and translated by a range of media outlets including The Literary Review, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Big Issue, Wanderlust, The Independent, The I News, The New Zealand Herald, The World Economic Forum; and, I have read my work and been interviewed about it on the BBC a number of times, as well on several other national radio stations in Scotland, Ireland, the US and Canada, as well as on Sky news. I write most regularly for The Conversation and the Literary Review.
The kinds of research I am interested in are based around nineteenth-century literature (especially Hardy and Dickens), landscape, science, nature-writing and the body. My first book was a monograph, Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, Narrative and the Historical Sublime in Victorian Culture, (published by Manchester University Press in 2013), it focuses on the discovery of The Epic of Gilgamesh in 1872 and the tremendous influence that it exerted upon theories of geology, history, narrative and aesthetics in the Victorian period.
Office: NC35 (Rutherford Extension)
School of English
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During the Academic Year 2016/17 I will be teaching on the following modules:
EN333 Romanticism and Critical Theory (Stage 1)
EN702 Thomas Hardy (Stage 3)
EN835 Dickens, the Victorians and the Body (postgraduate)back to top
I have guided several PhDs to completion and am supervising four at the moment. I am interested in supervising many aspects of nineteenth century culture, but would particularly welcome work on nineteenth-century sustainability and ecology, science, Victorian history and historiography, the sublime and gender (especially queer theory or the representation of women).