My main research areas are the relationship of literature and art in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and utopian writing. My monograph on the first of these topics, Visions of Britain, 1730–1830: Anglo-Scottish Writing and Representation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) was short-listed for the Saltire Society award for Research Book of the Year 2013, and nominated for the James Russell Lowell Prize, MLA, 2014. I’ve also written extensively on Ossian, the supposed Gaelic poems translated by James Macpherson in the 1760s, both on the texts themselves, and their reception through to the modern era. I guest edited a special edition of The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, entitled Ossian in the Twenty First Century (2016).
My study of the literary interplay of utopian and antiutopian projection, Utopia and its Discontents will be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2019. My next book will be a study of Scottish literature and visual culture in the nineteenth century, with the working title, Scottish Literature and Art in the Romantic Age.