(BA (Hons), Strathclyde; MLitt, PhD, Glasgow)
I joined the University of Kent in September 2013. Previously, I was a lecturer at the University of Exeter, having taught before that at the University of Glasgow.
My first monograph, Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life (Edinburgh UP, 2013 [reissued as a paperback 2015]), explores Woolf’s conceptualisation of the material world by focusing on relations between culture and nature, embodiment and environment, human and nonhuman, life and matter. In an effort to demonstrate affinities between Woolf's modernism and current debates concerning sexual difference, sexuality, animality and life itself, the book reads Woolf alongside Deleuzian philosophy, feminist philosophy, queer theory, animal studies, posthumanism and new materialism. My other publications include the co-edited volumes Contradictory Woolf (Clemson UP, 2012) and The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group (Bloomsbury, 2018). I have also guest edited special issues of Deleuze Studies (on ‘Deleuze, Virginia Woolf and Modernism’; Edinburgh UP, 2013), the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (on ‘Woolf and Materiality’; International Virginia Woolf Society, 2014), and Twentieth-Century Literature (on ‘Modernist Ethics and Posthumanism’; Duke UP, 2015). In addition, I have written number of articles and book chapters that combine my interests in modernist aesthetics, philosophy, nature and animality. Recent publications on these topics include an article in Modern Fiction Studies on Katherine Mansfield, and a chapter of the Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies on David Garnett and Franz Kafka. Currently, I am co-editing the Cambridge University Press Edition of Woolf’s Flush: A Biography.
Outside the area of modernist studies my research is more broadly concerned with animals in literature and philosophy. My book, Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction (Edinburgh UP, 2015), offers a wide-ranging exploration of theoretical approaches to animality in modern and contemporary thought. The four main chapters on ‘Animals as Humans’, ‘Animal Ontology’, ‘Animal Life’ and ‘Animal Ethics’ include extended discussions of Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari, Singer, Regan, Nussbaum and Haraway among others, and also contain readings of contemporary literary texts by Angela Carter, J. M. Coetzee, Paul Auster and Jonathan Safran Foer. Currently, I am co-editing Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern, a volume of essays that explores representations of animals across a wide array of literary texts and periods.
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Modernist studies
- Virginia Woolf
- The Bloomsbury Group
- Katherine Mansfield
- Animal studies
- Critical theory
- Deleuze studies
- Literature and philosophy
I am currently supervising PhD projects on modernist ecologies and on bioethics in speculative fiction. I would be interested in supervising postgraduate research relating to any of the areas listed in my research interests.back to top
During the academic year 2017/18 I will be teaching on:
- EN708 Virginia Woolf (Stage 3)
- EN709 Animals, Humans, Writing (Stage 3)
- EN904 Modernism and Paris (MA)
I am also the convenor for these modules.back to top
I am a current or past member of the Modernist Studies Association, the British Association of Modernist Studies, the Société d'Etudes Modernistes, the International Virginia Woolf Society, the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes, and the Katherine Mansfield Society.
I have co-organised a range of conferences and events relating to my primary research interests. These include ‘Interceptions: Modernism’s Theory and Theory’s Modernism’ (Glasgow, 2010), ‘Contradictory Woolf: The Twenty-First Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf’ (Glasgow, 2011), ‘Animal Humanities’ (Kent, 2015), ‘All Day Waves’ (Kent, 2015) and ‘Cross-Channel Modernisms’ (Kent/Paris, 2015). At Kent, I am a founding member of the Kent Animal Humanities Network and I am currently organising ‘Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace’, the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which will take place at Kent in June 2018.
I have acted as a reader for various publishers and journals, including Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Routledge, Bloomsbury, Palgrave, Review of English Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Twentieth-Century Literature, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Mosaic, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture and Studies in the Novel.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of Woolf Studies Annual (2016-) and in October 2017 I was appointed as the new Literature Subject Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.