My main research areas are the relationship of literature and art in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and Utopian writing. I have a recent monograph on the first of these topics, Visions of Britain, 1730–1830: Anglo-Scottish Writing and Representation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The book was short-listed for the Saltire Society award for Research Book of the Year 2013, and nominated for the James Russell Lowell Prize, MLA, 2014. A long article on modern depictions of the Celtic bard, Ossian, appeared in Translation and Literature in September 2013. I’ve recently guest edited a special issue on Ossian for The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, to be published in 2016, and contributed a chapter to the International Companion to James Macpherson (2016).
I’m currently writing a study of projections of ideal communities for Bloomsbury Press, entitled Utopia and its Discontents. The book will be published in 2016.