I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth-century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.
- BA (University of Exeter)
- MSt (Exeter College, Oxford)
- PhD (King’s College London)
Thesis title: ‘Science, Fiction, and the Monthly Magazines 1891-1905.’
I grew up in Moseley and studied in Exeter, Oxford, and London before returning to Birmingham for a teaching fellowship in 2013. Since September 2014 I have been a full-time lecturer in the English department.
- Victorian Literature and Science (Level 3) (convenor)
- Victorian and Decadent Literature (Level 2) (convenor)
- Victorian Literature, Culture, and Modernity (MA)
- The Gothic (Level 2) (lecturer)
- Literary Aesthetics after 1800 (Level 1) (lecturer)
I am happy to read applications on any selection from or combination of the following subjects, for any period from 1800 to the present day:
- Genre theory
- Popular fiction
- Literature and Science
- Science fiction
- Detective fiction
- Periodical studies
- Journalism (especially 1850-1910)
- Empire (especially 1880-1900)
- Book history
In my doctoral research, I examined the connections between literature and science in popular magazines of the fin de siècle. In particular, I focussed on the emerging genre of science fiction, arguing that the co-presence of fact and fiction alongside each other in these general magazines created a publishing environment in which sci-fi could thrive.
My current research looks at these ideas across a wider time period, focussing on how dinosaurs are articulated in popular culture. Dinosaurs are impossible without a great deal of both close scientific study and abstract imaginative work - I’m investigating the way the relationship between literature and science plays out as the social dinosaur moves through time.
I am also interested in book history, periodical studies, imperialism, popular fiction, crime writing, and modernism.
With Zara Dinnen, I convene the doctoral seminar for first-year PhD students. I am active in the university’s Centre for Cultural Modernity.
I am a member of the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) and the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS). I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- ‘Periodicity, Time Travel, and the Emergence of Science Fiction’. Victorian Periodicals Review 46:4 (Winter 2013). <http://goo.gl/161HYe>
- ‘Science, Fiction, and the Public: Fin de Siècle Magazines’. MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 7 (2012) 33-40. Peer-reviewed publication. Issue theme: ‘Literature and Science: the Great Divide?’ <http://goo.gl/c5QZj>