My monograph, Wordsworth’s Monastic Inheritance (Oxford University Press, 2018), is the first comprehensive study of Wordsworth’s engagement with the material and cultural legacies of the medieval monastic system. Whilst offering insights into his poetic treatment of local attachment, national identity, and the historical resonances of landscape, the book provides a new interpretation of stylistic developments in Wordsworth’s writing between 1807 and 1822.
Currently, I am preparing and annotated edition of The Letters of Sir George and Lady Beaumont to William and Dorothy Wordsworth, 1803-1829 (forthcoming with Liverpool University Press, 2021). Presenting an archive of previously un-transcribed correspondence, together with an extended critical introduction (30,000 words), this edition makes possible a re-evaluation of Wordsworth’s mature work whilst demonstrating the extent to which Beaumont’s painting style and ambitions for a National Gallery were shaped by exchanges with the poet.
My next book project explores changing perspectives on the relative value of generality and particularity in both the visual and verbal arts from 1766 to 1815. It investigates how the desire for mimetic accuracy (in poetry, painting, and in the emerging form of the novel) destabilized hierarchies of genre and the centuries’ old kinship of the Sister Arts.