I am a literary historian interested in modernism, print culture and early twentieth-century women’s writing. My work analyses networks of influence between writers and across reading communities.
My first monograph, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (EUP 2019), situates Katherine Mansfield’s work within networks of production, uncovering the many ways in which Mansfield engaged with the writings of others and responded to the political, aesthetic and social contexts of early twentieth-century periodical culture. The book examines Mansfield’s ambivalent position as a New Zealand-born colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment, considering her work in the contexts of both British and global modernisms.
I have presented my research on Mansfield to wider audiences through national public outlets, including BBC Radio 4 and the Times Literary Supplement.
In addition to this work on Mansfield, I have published and presented research on a range of other modernist writers, including Sherwood Anderson, Olive Moore, Edwin Muir, Stevie Smith, Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf. I am currently researching the life and works of Beatrice Hastings, and together with Professor Elke D’hoker (KU Leuven) I am co-editing a volume of essays on the modern short story and magazine culture in Britain and Ireland.