My research covers the following areas and is interdisciplinary, between literature and history:
- Material culture (particularly material texts, spaces, skill, theories around making)
- Digital humanities (quantitative ways of analysing texts and materiality, databases and Image Processing)
- Textual history (literature and administration, writing, audience, literacy)
- Archival studies (survival and loss, storage, spatial situation of writing and textual engagement, palaeography and codicology)
I am currently working on a monograph on the material and textual cultures of provincial scribes in early modern England, exploring the occupational lives and material/textual storytelling of administrators.
I am interested in collaborating across disciplines. My thesis deployed an interdisciplinary method encompassing a digital technique called ‘Image Processing’ to explore how handwriting’s material traces interrelate with social and spatial contexts. I am is currently working on an article based on the Image Processing experiments conducted for my PhD with computer scientist Dr Richard Guest.
I am a literary scholar by training, and am interested in exploring levels of literacy in early modern England, particularly provincially. I often explore the conversation between records, administrative writing, and literature in my work.
My research principally takes place in archives across England, and I’m interested in recordkeeping practices from the early modern to the modern. I am also fascinated by the survival and loss of documents, palaeography and codicology, and ephemera. I’m currently writing a chapter for, and co-editing, a volume called Practices of Ephemera with Prof. Catherine Richardson and Dr Callan Davies for the Routledge series Material Readings in Early Modern Culture.