My research has a maternal bias and focuses on the role of the mother as not only central to the development of the child but also to the production of art, text and culture. This work is at the interface of several fields of study including English and American literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, maternal studies, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, and psychosocial studies. Noting that for the last thirty-five years the critical search for the mother has been almost entirely 'daughter-centric', in that she is positioned almost entirely in terms of her relations with, and as perceived, by the daughter, I am interested in the ‘mother-son relationship’ as a continuing taboo topic. I am especially interested in more complex and nuanced perceptions of modernist and postmodernist masculinities considering new materials, new scholarship and theoretical advancements.
My first monograph T. S. Eliot and the Mother is forthcoming with Routledge (2019) for the Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature Series. I have several articles on T. S. Eliot in preparation. I am researching ideas of transcendence and immanence in relation to the body in the work of T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Robert Lowell. I am also working on a collaborative book Eliot Agonistes with Milton with Dr Islam Issa of Birmingham City University (AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2017).
Because of my archival research and findings on T. S. Eliot, I received acknowledgement in the critically acclaimed The Poems of T. S. Eliot, Volumes 1 and 2 edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue (Faber 2015).