I work on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature, with particular focus on the textual histories of British modernism. My research traces networks of influence across magazines, periodicals, and publishing coteries, and I am especially interested in the history of women’s writing, travel/colonial writing, and the development of the modern short story.
I am currently preparing my first monograph for publication with Edinburgh University Press, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture. This book will situate Mansfield’s writings within the original historical contexts of publication, analysing her contributions to the political weekly The New Age, the avant-garde little magazine Rhythm, and the literary journal The Athenaeum. Positioning Mansfield’s periodical contributions in dialogue with those made by contemporaries such as Beatrice Hastings, D. H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf, this study looks to extend our understanding of Mansfield’s life and work beyond the limitations of biographical analysis. By examining how periodical culture helped to enact conversations and controversies, moreover, the book interrogates the ways in which magazines and periodicals functioned as sites of negotiation. I am particularly interested in Mansfield’s ambivalent, liminal position as a colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment.
I have spoken about my archival discovery of unknown works by Mansfield on BBC Radio 4 and I was the winner of the Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize in 2014.
In addition to this research on Mansfield, I have published or have work in preparation on the writings of Virginia Woolf, Beatrice Hastings, Rebecca West, Stevie Smith, Jean Rhys, and Olive Moore.