After completing both my BA and MA at the University of Exeter, and having spent time teaching in Japan, I returned to the UK in order to undertake my PhD research at the University of Birmingham, beginning June 2019.
During my previous studies, I gravitated towards areas of Classical reception, as well as those concerning Pre-Socratic philosophy, funerary practices in antiquity, and interpreting epic narratives. I primarily focused on the Graeco-Roman world and Ptolemaic Egypt, but I also take a keen personal interest in Brythonic Celtic Studies, as well as the image of the western dragon in lore, literature, and art. The reception of antiquity in modern culture likewise appeals to my interdisciplinary approach.
In conjunction with my MA, I received training in reception studies as part of the ‘Research Skills’ optimisation module series. Training in funerary osteoarchaeological techniques aided me in expanding my working knowledge of funerary practices, and I am particularly interested in the contextualising of grave goods. Archival training at the National Library of Wales assisted my academic development more broadly.
I am currently based at the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where I am researching the role played by antiquity in shaping the horror literary genre during the long 19th and early 20th centuries, whilst looking at Gothic narratives in particular.
My thesis deals with the works of weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft and his reception of the Classics. I maintain strong links with the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at both the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter.