I have two main areas of interest in modern and contemporary French Studies: poetry, and the relationship between literature and the visual arts, both underpinned by investigation of literary forms and their relationship to time.
My first book, Provisionality and the Poem: Transition in the work of du Bouchet, Jaccottet and Noël, was published by Rodopi in 2006. Writing Art: French Literary Responses to the Work of Alberto Giacometti (Peter Lang, 2011) examines poetic and critical responses to Giacometti’s work by major literary figures from Breton to Bonnefoy.
I have published articles and presented papers on poetry, poésie critique and the livre d’artiste. I am co-editor with Stephen Forcer of a special issue of Nottingham French Studies on The French Avant-Garde (2011), and have co-edited, with Hugues Azérad, Michael G. Kelly and Nina Parish, two companion volumes on modern and contemporary French poetry: Poetic Practice and the Practice of Poetics in French since 1945 (double special issue of French Forum, 2012) and Chantiers du poème : Prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine (Peter Lang, 2012).
I was Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded international network (2012-2015) on contemporary French poetry and its interdisciplinary connections. Activities included study days on poetry in relation to politics, philosophy, translation, new technologies, visual art, music and performance. They were accompanied by poetry readings, a practical translation workshop, an exhibition, and a concert. Please see the network website for further details. An edited scholarly volume emerging from the workshops is in progress, and I recently co-edited, with Nina Parish, Writing the Real: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary French Poetry (Enitharmon, 2016).