My PhD thesis, ‘The Early Modern Dream Vision: c. 1558-1625’ is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and offers the first full-length investigation into the influence and reception of the ‘medieval’ dream vision poem in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It is my contention that the dream vision is one of the forgotten genres of the early modern period. The dream vision provided an authoritative and highly flexible vehicle for articulating a range of social, political and personal ideas. By demonstrating the role played by this genre in the poetry of the period post-reform, my thesis engages current debates on the politics of print, literary production, historical periodization, reception and genre.
My PhD is funded by a three-year AHRC Doctoral Award and is due for completion in January 2016.
I am also the current General Co-editor for The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language.