Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am interested in the relations between literature, manner, and 'manners', which formed the central concern of my first book, Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation (Anthem Press, 2003), and my scholarly interest in Austen continues in my annotated edition of Emma (Harvard University Press, 2013).

My forthcoming monograph, Ghosts of Sound: Haunting Figures in Victorian Writing (Anthem Press), is a wide-ranging exploration of different ways in which both literal and metaphorical 'hauntings', and their associated figures of textual repetition and echo, offered nineteenth-century writers (including Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, and Hardy) means by which to comprehend (or at least apprehend) their relations to time and history.

My ongoing projects include a short theoretical study of the different kinds of 'belief' that readers have brought to the reading of fiction at different times, and a large, interdisciplinary study of imaginative representations of the act of writing in nineteenth-century literature and culture.

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