Since completing my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2009, I've been fortunate enough to spend to conduct postdoctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH, University of Edinburgh), and to teach at the University of Queensland, before arriving at Flinders in 2015 to take up an ongoing post in English.
My research interests remain primarily centred upon eighteenth-century literature and culture (up to and including Romanticism), literary responses to death, and the Gothic. My first book, Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition (Ashgate, 2013), is the first long study of this devotional, proto-Gothic and pre-Romantic poetic mode.
Currently, I’m writing a short monograph on Jane Austen and Vampires (Palgrave), and co-editing a collection of essays on Graveyard Gothic (Manchester UP). I’m also slowly and steadily working towards a monograph examining the modern role of literary representations (and the public emotions they elicit) in changing understandings of suicide in the latter half of the British eighteenth century.
BA (Hons)/BSc, MPhil (Glasgow), PhD (Melbourne)
Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2019)
Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2016)
Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (2016)
Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2015-16)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Queensland (2014)
Humanities Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities (2011)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities - University of Edinburgh (2009)
Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award (2021)
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2020)
Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH) - Research Theme Coordinator (2017)
Establishment Research Grant (2016-17)
Flinders University 50th Anniversary Project (2016)
Broadly speaking, British literature from 1700 to 1900, particularly:
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