My research in the long eighteenth century and Romantic period is driven by my interest in the marginalised: those genres, forms and writers who existed on the periphery of their contemporary society and their subversive disruptions of heteronormativity.
I focus on representations of gender, sexuality, violence and transgression and their relationship to concerns central to eighteenth-century society, such as the legal position of women, kinship, primogeniture and autonomy. I am interested in exploring these topics in areas often neglected by traditional scholarship: anonymous works, the Gothic genre, periodical fiction and women’s writing. My first book, Gothic Incest: Gender, Sexuality and Transgression (forthcoming, MUP), analyses the complexities of the incest thematic in Gothic novels, manuscripts and plays from 1764-1848.
My second book (in progress) examines the vast but largely neglected archive of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era magazine fiction and its relationship with the period’s popular – and canonical – literature. This books draws on my research as a postdoctoral associate on the 2014-16 Leverhulme project “The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre”. I co-author a blog on the Lady’s Magazine in which I write about my interests in material culture, the “ephemeral” content of periodicals and magazine’s breadth of innovative Gothic fiction.
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I focus most intently on representations of gender and transgressive sexuality in the literature of the long eighteenth century and Romantic period, particularly within anonymous and neglected novels and manuscripts, women’s writing, the Gothic genre and periodical fiction, such as that of the Lady’s Magazine or the Lady’s Monthly Museum. My work is interdisciplinary; in my monograph Gothic Incest: Gender, Sexuality and Transgression (forthcoming, MUP) I draw on insights from fields such as law, anthropology, genetics and sociology to examine the range of concerns central to eighteenth-century society explored by Gothic writers through the incest thematic.
I have recently completed a chapter on magazine fiction entitled “’Full of pretty stories’: Influential Fiction in the Lady’s Magazine (1770-1832)” for Jennie Batchelor and Manushag Powell’s (eds.) Edinburgh Companion to Women and Print Media, 1690s to 1820s (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). I have also co-edited (with Karl Leydecker) a collection, After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2017), for which I have also written the “Introduction” and a chapter, “Rearticulating the Economics of Exchange: Incest and After Marriage in the Gothic.”back to top
During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching on:
- EN333 Romanticism and Critical Theory (Stage 1)
- EN681 Novelty, Enlightenment and Emancipation: 18th Century Literature (Stage 2)
- EN895 Jane Austen and Material Culture (postgraduate)