In my doctoral research, I examined the connections between literature and science in popular magazines of the fin de siècle. In particular, I focussed on the emerging genre of science fiction, arguing that the co-presence of fact and fiction alongside each other in these general magazines created a publishing environment in which sci-fi could thrive.
My current research looks at these ideas across a wider time period, focussing on how dinosaurs are articulated in popular culture. Dinosaurs are impossible without a great deal of both close scientific study and abstract imaginative work - I’m investigating the way the relationship between literature and science plays out as the social dinosaur moves through time. I'm aided in this by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, 'Narrativising Dinosaurs', of which I am principal investigator.
I am also interested in book history, periodical studies, imperialism, popular fiction, crime writing, and modernism.