MA (Glasgow); MA (Royal Holloway); PhD (Glasgow)
My research focuses on fin-de-siècle literature and art, with a particular emphasis on the performance of aestheticism, decadence and celticism in Scotland and Ireland. I am currently writing a monograph, Cultural Revival in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (Edinburgh University Press), which examines the work of various cultural figures, including Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, 'Fiona Macleod', Patrick Geddes, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald. The book argues that a comparable movement to the Irish Literary Revival took hold in Scotland between 1880 and 1914, and it reveals the ways in which facets of 'degenerate' fin-de-siècle culture (including neo-paganism, neo-Catholicism, japonisme, occultism, romance novels and pageantry) supported the particular form of the Scottish Cultural Revival. In 2015, this project was awarded the Ross Roy Medal for Excellence in Research in Scottish Literature, judged by the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.
Before coming to Kent, I taught at the University of Glasgow and I was a Research Assistant on a cross-institutional project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 'The People's Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise, 1832-1918'. Through this project, I developed research interests in nineteenth-century satirical culture, the literature of women’s suffrage, and the poetry of the Victorian and Edwardian periodical press.
I am a steering committee member of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and I serve on the advisory board for the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947 network.
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