I am a Senior Lecturer in English interested in the literature and culture of the British long eighteenth century (including Romanticism), the Gothic, literary responses to death, and the history of emotions.
My first book, Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition (Ashgate, 2013), is the first long study of this devotional poetic mode, one that highlights how its obsessive preoccupation with death and salvation makes visible its importance as an articulation or negotiation between contemporary religious concerns and emerging aesthetics of poetic practice. Further research examining the mode’s proto-Gothic sensibilities has culminated in a forthcoming collection of essay (co-edited with David McAllister and Xavier Aldana Reyes) on Graveyard Gothic (Manchester UP), a transhistorical and multicultural volume defining a new area of Gothic studies.
Also forthcoming is a monograph titled Jane Austen and Vampires: Love, Sex and Immortality in the New Millennium (Palgrave). This book examines the unlikely literary convergence of Jane Austen and vampires in fanfic mashups since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, arguing that such amateur writings reveal a great deal about the changing perceptions of what Austen and vampires signify in the twenty-first century, as well as contemporary romantic ideals.
Currently, I’m working towards a monograph on representations of suicide in print and on stage in the British eighteenth century, with a view to highlighting their public, affective impact on shifting understandings of suicide and what it means to the living communities.
BA (Hons)/BSc, MPhil (Glasgow), PhD (Melbourne)
Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Yale University (2023)
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)
BA Honours Coordinator
Vice President - Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS)
SA Representative - Australian University Heads of English (AUHE)
Broadly speaking, British literature from 1700 to 1900, particularly:
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