(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 volume Contradictory Woolf (Clemson UP, 2012) and 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 published a number of articles and book chapters that combine my interests in modernist aesthetics, philosophy, nature and animality, and I am currently 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 latest 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. More recently, I have begun a co-edited book project titled A History of Literary Animals, which explores representations of animals from the medieval period to the contemporary.
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.
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Modernist studies
- Virginia Woolf studies
- Animal studies
- Critical theory
- Literature and philosophy
I am a 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). I am currently organising 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 Routledge, Bloomsbury, Palgrave, Review of English Studies, Modernism/Modernity, Twentieth-Century Literature, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture and Studies in the Novel.
In 2016 I was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Woolf Studies Annual.