Staff Research Interests
Our staff have research interests and expertise in all major areas of Literary Study and Creative Writing.
I am currently working on science fiction of the 1960s, especially on New Wave science fiction and literary experimentation. I am also pursuing new developments in critical/creative practice, as well as developing a collaborative projects in film, and in the relation between image and text.
My original research specialism is in nineteenth-century Literature (Romantic and Victorian) with a particular interest in spatial and material forms of interpretation. My traditional disciplinary expertise is in Wordsworth and in the study and interpretation of manuscripts. However, I am also interested in the Digital and Spatial Humanities and in new ways of understanding the spatial meaning of literary texts. Here I work in more interdisciplinary ways across the fields of literature, cartography and geography. I want to think about the relationship between mapping and reading for meaning-making and the ways in which cognitive mapping can help us understand literature anew. I am PI on two digital projects that explore such questions: Chronotopic Cartographies and Litcraft.
At Lancaster, I normally teach on the second year British Romanticism core course which runs for 22 weeks right across the year. In the third year I teach a number of specialist half unit courses drawing on my research expertise, including: "Victorian Popular Fiction" and "Where Do Poems Come From?" At graduate level I teach on the MA in Romantic and Victorian Studies with a module called "On Location in the Lakes" and one entitled "Place; Space; Text". I also supervise PhD projects on Romanticism, textual criticism and space and place in poetry.