I am currently working on my first monograph, titled Architexture: Space, Form, and the Novel. The book examines the connections between the twentieth-century built environment and modernist literary forms through considering the representation of architectural space in works by Elizabeth Bowen, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf. Through mobilising a set of dialogues between literary studies, literary geography, spatial theory, and the social sciences, the book provides new interdisciplinary insights into the social, cultural, and architectural history of literary modernism.
Since completing my PhD, I have become increasingly fascinated by the social and cultural history of bathrooms and toilets. My current research project investigates how the development of these spaces altered the ways in which modernist writers articulated the everyday experience of the world, and how the spaces continue to influence the contemporary literary imagination. I have work in preparation on the ladies’ cloakroom, the art deco bathroom, and the public toilet as represented in various works by Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane, and Jon McGregor.